Kindergarten education and care is provided for children between the age of 3 and up until entry to school. Pursuant to Hungary’s new Public Education Act, kindergartens may also admit children who will turn three within six months from the time of admission (but only if there are enough free places to provide for all those children who are 3 years old and are registered in their respective districts). Since 2014 kindergarten is compulsory for children aged 3 and above, exemption may be given by the municipal clerk at the request of the parent. In kindergartens children spend most of their time playing, although they are also usually involved in programmes such as foreign language learning and music sessions. In the last year of kindergarten children begin to prepare for primary school.

Children are allocated to kindergartens based on the district where they live in Debrecen. To find out which kindergarten belongs to your district, visit the official website of the city of Debrecen.

At the bottom of the page, you will find a map where by entering your home address (street and house number) you can find out the name and contact details of the kindergarten that belongs to your respective district.

The city offers a wide range of kindergartens (óvoda) maintained by the Municipality, churches, public institutions, or various foundations. Find the list of institutions and more information on the official website (in Hungarian) and the respective websites. In addition to the above listed kindergartens, there is a number of institutions providing day care in Debrecen. Find out more in the Local services menu (Education).

The International School of Debrecen (ISD) offers an Early Childhood Programme for children aged between 3 and 5. For detailed information about the ISD and its programme, visit the section on the ‘International School of Debrecen’ or the official website of ISD.