• In some municipalities, it is possible to apply for a nursery-school place when a child is born, but in most municipalities, there is an age limit.
  • Nursery-school application forms can be obtained and submitted at all nursery schools, service centres and most municipal offices.
  • Some municipalities offer the possibility of applying for a nursery-school place on their website.
  • Parents apply for a nursery-school place for their child in the municipality in which the child is legally domiciled.
  • Single parents, students and disabled people receive a discount on nursery-school fees. There is also a ‘sibling discount’ if there is more than one child at the same nursery school.
  • Disabled children are legally entitled to a nursery-school place at a mainstream nursery school with the necessary support services or in specialised departments.
  • Nursery schools should lay the foundations of knowledge of the Icelandic language for children with a native language other than Icelandic and teach them about Icelandic society.
  • Many nursery schools have a waiting list, and parents and children may therefore have to wait a certain amount of time for a place. Children are usually ranked by decreasing order of age.
  • Children usually attend nursery school from the age of eighteen months until they start primary school. Children spend 4-9 hours per day every weekday at nursery school.
  • When a child starts nursery school, an agreement is entered into between the school and the parent. The agreement may be terminated with one month’s notice.
  • Nursery schools are run by the municipality, privately run or privately run with a service agreement with a municipality.

Nursery schools on the website of the City of Reykjavik Netla – Online Journal on Pedagogy and Education, Research Centre of the University of Iceland.