Kindergarten is a voluntary educational programme for children under school age. There are both municipal and private kindergartens. Both use a common admission process and all kindergartens must comply with the privision of:

When do I need to apply?

  • Children entitled to placement in August and September must apply for a kindergarten place by 1st of March at the latest.
  • Children entitled to placement in October and November must apply no later than 15th of August.

Do you wish to change kindergarten for your child; you should send your application by 1st of March. After the 1st of March deadline, a separate selection process will be carried out for those who have applied to change kindergarten. Most places that are available at that time will be have a starting time of August.

When will I be notified of placement?

It may take some time before you are notified. Children who apply prior to the deadline on March 1st will be admitted in August, September, October or November (depending on the birth month of your child). Children who apply prior to the deadline on August 15th will be admitted in October or November. 

Requirements for applicants

  • You must have a Norwegian personal identity numer or D-number for yourself and your child, as well as an e-mail address and a cell phone number. If you do not yet have a personal identity number you will need to contact the local city district office in which you live, before you can apply (see contact information at the bottom of the page). 
  • If you applied for a place at a municipal kindergarten your child must be registered as living in Oslo before the first day of attendance. Private kindergartens have their own rules regarding this matter. Please contact the kindergarten itself if you would like further information. 


How to apply

Find the kindergartens you would like yout child to attend on the list (in Norwegian only)

Select no more than five kindergartens you wish to apply for. Make certain your child is the correct age for each of the kindergartens you choose. 

Select kindergartens. 

Video: How to apply for kindergarten placement.

Subtitles in several languages. Select your preferred language in the video's bottom right corner. 


Do you have any questions?

Oslo has 15 local city districts. The district offices are in charge of the application process and run the municipal kindergartens within their district. Please contact the district office in which you live if you have any questions.