Sweden's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Finance Minister pushes for pre-school reform

Share this article

07:15 CET+01:00
Finance Minister Anders Borg has called for children to be allowed to start pre-school at the age of three.

Borg said he was prepared to commit major resources to pre-school education, offering 3-year olds free daycare "with a special pedagogical content" for part of the week. He also wished to introduce clearer goals into the pre-school curriculum, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

The pre-school system is currently reserved for children aged four and upwards.

The Finance Minister said he would present a cost analysis at a later date.

"Our childcare is good but the knowledge component is fairly limited. In a globalized world our level of competitiveness is predicated on our having a well-educated workforce," he said.

The proposal would enable for more education and more quality control at the pre-school level.

"I don't think we should have the sort of pre-school they have in France, where children sit at their desks and learn from the age of three or four. But children do find letters and numbers fun," said Borg.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article