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When is the recruitment for kindergartens 2017/2018?
By April 15, 2017 at the latest, the city mayor, commune head and mayor must specify the date of recruitment, dates of supplementary recruitment and deadlines for submitting documents.
By April 15 at the latest, the municipality council must make public the criteria for enrollment to kindergartens for 2017/2018.
What changes in 2017/2018?
Pre-school education in Poland since the 2017 school year includes children from the beginning of the school year in the calendar year in which the child turns 3 years old, to the end of the school year in the calendar year in which the child turns 7 years old.
- children from 3 to 5 years of age have the right to benefit from kindergarten education in kindergarten, in the kindergarten ward,
- children aged 6 (2011) (if they do not start primary school) are required to undergo one-year pre-school preparation.
- a child of 6 years (2011 year) at the request of parents can start primary school.
It is worth noting that children of age from 3 to 5 years old have the right to pre-school education. However, in practice in many regions of Poland there is a problem with places in kindergartens. There were not many three-year-old children in kindergartens last year. It is difficult to predict what the situation will look like this year. It is certain that, as in the previous year, many (most?) Parents of six-year-olds will leave their children in kindergartens.
In Warsaw, for example, the city committed to provide all three-year, four-year, five-year and six-year-old children in a kindergarten. Not necessarily the one their parents chose. There was no such record last year. This year, all children whose parents want to get to public kindergartens in the capital. Note, however, 2.5-year-old children will be accepted only in justified cases (only after the results are announced, parents of 2.5-year-olds will be able to enroll children in institutions where there will be a free place).
Criteria for enrollment to kindergarten: statutory and municipal
When recruiting children to kindergartens, both statutory criteria and those set by councilors in a given city apply. The statutory criteria include extra points for single parenthood, disability and multiple children.
Known criteria for enrollment to kindergartens in Krakow and Warsaw
The criteria for enrolling to kindergartens are not yet known in all cities in Poland. In Krakow, councilors voted for new rules. In 2017/2018, the most points will be awarded for the proximity of the kindergarten to the parent's place of work or residence (i.e. choosing the nearest kindergarten will be the most profitable). They will score more points children with siblings in a given kindergarten, they will receive more points (by 4) children who have previously attended a nursery, three additional points will go to the child, who attended recruitment last year and didn't get to kindergarten. Additional points are also awarded if the child is a member of a family under probation or assistant support.
In Warsaw, it is also taken into account distance from kindergarten - 130 points for five-year and six-year-olds for choosing a remote facility up to 3 km from home. Taken into account the fact of employment or study in full-time mode by the child's parents (32 points), for settling taxes in Warsaw (24 points), for siblings continuing education in kindergarten (8 points), income criterione - disclosure of income is not mandatory, but voluntary (1 point). In the capital, when recruiting to kindergartens using specialized diets, additional points will be awarded to children who, on the recommendation of doctors, must have an elimination diet (lactose intolerance is not enough).