A kindergarten must be an educational institution that provides pre-school children with good opportunities for development and activity. All municipalities have a statutory duty to provide an adequate number of kindergarten places. Apart from the fees paid by parents, responsibility for kindergarten funding lies with the municipalities.
In general this funding obligation applies regardless of whether the kindergarten is public or private. (Note, however, that this obligation does not apply to private kindergartens that applied for accreditation after 1 January 2011).
The role of the County Governor
The County Governor is responsible for providing guidance to public and private kindergarten owners on the proper running of kindergartens. The County Governor is also responsible for supervising municipalities in order to ensure their compliance with the Kindergarten Act and associated regulations.
The County Governor is also responsible for dealing with appeals about specific matters. Such appeals must be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Kindergarten Act and associated regulations. Any appeal concerning an individual decision must first be submitted to the decision-making body that made the decision. If the decision-making body does not allow the appeal, the matter should be referred to the County Governor for final resolution.
The Kindergarten Act
The Directorate for Education and Training's webpages on kindergartens