Schools, students and school day care

Primary and lower secondary education is based on the principle of an equal and adapted education for all in an inclusive comprehensive school. The local authorities fund primary and lower secondary education and have a great deal of freedom when it comes to organising the education. Compulsory schooling in Norway lasts for ten years, and the children start school the year they turn six.

Municipal schools in Haugesund are free, while Private and International schools charge fees.

Municipal schools (link to our webpage in Norwegian)


Study in Haugesund - Høgskulen på Vestlandet


The following statutes for municipal school day care facilities (also known as before/after school programs, abbreviated as SFO in Norwegian)

1. Purpose

School day care facilities aim to give children in primary school from first to fourth grade and children with special needs in primary school up to seventh grade, supervision and care. At the same time are children with special needs to be offered ample opportunities for development. School day care facilities shall ensure that children have the opportunity to utilize their spare time actively by playing or participating in diverse cultural and recreational activities based on their age, functional level and interests. This is to be done in close collaboration and agreement with the children's homes and in accordance with the school's objectives as expressed in the Education Act § 1. School Day Care shall comply with key provisions, municipal decisions and plans for the educational establishment in question.


2 Ownership
The Municipality of Haugesund  owns the premises of municipal school day care facilities and is responsible for their operation.


3 Area for play and stay
School day care facilities ought to have minimum four square meters of space per child (for playing and other activities).


4 Admission - termination
4.1 All children from 1st to 4th grade and all children with special needs from 1st to 7th grade have the right to participate in school day care before and after school.
4.2 The admission process is administrated by the Education Office (Skolekontoret).
4.3 Termination notices apply from the first day of the month, two month in advance. Termination notices must be registered within may if the child is not to attend after the summer holiday.
4.4 The monthly school day care fee is to be paid up until the day of termination.
4.5 In case of a lack of payment, the Municipality may send you a termination notice.

You cannot be granted a place in school day care unless you have paid your monthly fees / meal fees from previous places in kindergarten / school day care.

5 Parental fees
5.1 As part of the annual budgetary procedure, the City Council determines the monthly fee for daycare, the rules for fee reduction and for places free of charge.
5.2 Information concerning the monthly school day care rate and the basis for calculating fee reduction are presented in the context of the annual budget process.
5.3 All activities, including day trips during school holidays, are free of charge and accessible to all pupils in school day care.

The monthly fee for a place in school day care is to be paid from the date the place is offered a family.


6 Opening hours
6.1 School day care facilities are open all business days except for SFO's planning days.
6.2 The daily opening hours shall be within the time period from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., adapted to the needs at each school after consulting the User Council.
6.3 Each school shall, by itself or in cooperation with other schools, provide SFO during school vacations and public holidays within its allocated budget.
6.4 All children should take holiday from SFO, preferably three weeks in the summer holidays and five days throughout the school year on SFO's planning days.
6.5 The hours of attendance are the sum of hours a child is to spend at SFO before and after school. The sum of hours your child spends at SFO weekly is to correspond with the monthly school day care rate you are paying.
6.6 Parents can make an agreement with the SFO about fewer hours one week and more hours another if their working hours require so (e.g. working shifts). The average hours of attendance in a month still need to correspond with the SFO rate you have chosen.
6.7 SFO attendance during school vacations and on public holidays counts as attendance on ordinary school days.


7 Management and Staffing
The school principal is the administrative and academic head of school day care. The manager should have higher relevant education and time set aside for administration in accordance with the relevant collective agreements. Furthermore, the manager should have varied skills and work experience . The number of employees at work is to be in correlation with the number of children present, the children's age, as well as any need for special monitoring of individual children or groups. As a rule, there should not be more than 15 children per adult; adapted to even fewer children per adult for pupils from 1-2nd grade.