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Children in preschool class in Sweden 2010-2020

Attendance in preschool in Sweden is optional. The preschool system is administered on a municipal level, but private preschools also exists in some municipalities. The preschool is available for children aged one year up to the fall semester when they turn six years. The number of children in preschool in Sweden increased during the period, and in the school year 2019/20, nearly 122 children attended preschool, which is a share of 85.4 percent of all children from one to five years. 

Number of preschools

     Though the number of children attending preschool in Sweden increased steadily over the period, the number of preschools followed a different pattern. The number of preschools peaked in 2011, when there were just over ten thousand, and then decreased overall. In 2019, there were 9,808 preschools in Sweden.  

Four-year old children were the largest group

      In 2019, preschool attendance was highest among children who were five years old followed by the three-year-olds. That year, the group of five-year-olds amounted to 118,665 children, while 731 children aged six attended preschool.

Number of pupils attending preschool class in Sweden from 2010 to 2020

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Survey time period

2010 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Statistic is classified in academic years.

During the year before children start compulsory school they are offered a voluntary one year preschool class. It combines the pedagogical methods of the preschool with those of compulsory school. Usually children start a preschool class at the age of six.

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