1.7 Kindergarten-home cooperation

According to the Kindergarten Act, kindergartens should work in cooperation and close agreement with the home to safeguard the children’s needs for care and play, and promote learning and formative education as a basis for their all-round development. To ensure such cooperation with the home, every kindergarten should have a parents’ committee and a co-ordinating committee.

97 per cent of kindergartens conduct informal parent-teacher conferences at least twice a year (see Table 1.4). 78 per cent of kindergartens also hold formal parents’ meetings at least twice a year (Haugset et al. 2015).

Table 1.4 Parent involving activitities in kindergartens. 2002–2015. Per cent.

2002 2004 2008 2012 2015
The kindergarten holds parents’ conferences at least twice a year 88 88 86 94 97
The kindergarten holds parents’ meetings at least twice a year 87 90 80 85 78
The co-ordinating committee meets at least twice a year 78 83 80 86 91

Source: Gulbrandsen and Eliassen 2013 and Haugset et al. 2015