Childcare and Pre-school Education in Greece

Find out about the childcare and schooling options available to parents in Greece...

Childcare remains one of the main concerns for families in Greece, especially for children under three years of age, as there is not yet a well-developed nursery school system in the country.

Traditionally, in Greece, it has been the grandparents that take care of young children. However, the culture is now changing due to modernisation and changing living patterns.

Live-in nannies are common in some areas of Greece. Babysitters can be found by personal recommendation or in classified advertisements, for example in the Athens News.

Pre-school Education

Pre-school is not compulsory. Children from two-and-a-half years of age can be enrolled in either public or private crèches (vrefonipiakoi paidikoi stathmi); some have nursery classes (nipiaka tmimata) as well as kindergartens (nipiagogeia). Public schooling (including books) is free of charge.

To enrol at a nursery, parents will need to provide the following:

  • An application form
  • A birth certificate for the child
  • The child's health book

Schooling is compulsory from the age of six. Children who will have reached the age of five years and six months on 1 October may enrol in primary school for the upcoming year.