The City of Stockholm has more than 1,000 preschools, as well as 150 pedagogical care institutions and 50 open preschools.
Right to preschool
Children aged one to five are entitled to attend a preschool or pedagogical care institution if at least one of the following criteria is met:
- The child has a Swedish personal identity number.
- The guardian is an asylum seeker with a valid LMA card with permission to work or study in Sweden (AT-UND).
If you, the guardian, do not have AT-UND, your child is still entitled to attend a preschool for 15 hours a week from the August of the year they turn three.
The child is entitled to preschool or pedagogical care if you, their guardian, are:
- actively seeking work; or
- taking parental leave for the child’s siblings.
In order to be offered a municipal preschool place, you must be registered as a resident of the City of Stockholm or be able to provide a future address in the City of Stockholm.
From their first birthday, your child is entitled to a place in a municipal preschool or one of the independent preschools and pedagogical care institutions that are part of the city’s joint queue management system. This is known as a guaranteed place (platsgaranti).
Once your application has been received, your child will be entitled to a place within three calendar months. For example, if you apply in January, your child will be guaranteed a place in April.
What types of preschool are there?
A preschool can be municipal or independent. Once your child has a place in a preschool or pedagogical care institution, you will pay a monthly fee.
Preschool is a pedagogical activity that will be good for your child’s learning and development. Preschools work according to the preschool curriculum and legislation on schooling. Some preschools are run as parent co-operatives, where you will be expected to help out in the organisation at certain times each month.
A pedagogical care institution is a smaller group of children that are cared for by a daycare provider in their own home. The curriculum is indicative, but not binding.
An open preschool is a free-of-charge organisation that you can attend with your child and where you can meet other children and guardians. No application is required.
Find and compare preschools
There are many preschools to choose from.
Find a preschool place
Apply for a place using the Förskola och fritidshem e-service.
When you apply for a place at a preschool or pedagogical care institution, your child will receive a queue date and a preliminary place in the queue. Your child’s six-month birthday is the earliest queue date you will receive, even if you can make the application before your child is six months old.
As an alternative, you can apply to a place with a form.
Help and support
The contact centre can answer most of your questions regarding preschooling in the City of Stockholm.
Phone: 08-508 00 508
You can also visit one of the City of Stockholm’s citizens offices (medborgarkontor), where you can meet and speak to a community advisor. They can answer certain questions about preschools.