Nursery and Primary School in Luxembourg

Information on the schooling system in Luxembourg, from nursery to primary school...

Early Childhood Education (Nursery School)

Early childhood education (éducation précoce) is available to all children up to the age of four and is optional although highly recommended by the Ministry of Education. Children must be aged three on 1 September to enrol at a nursery school and be registered on the citizens' register of the Bureau de Population. Education is usually provided in Luxembourgish. In general, parents receive a letter from the commune of their place of residence to enrol their child, which must be sent back to the relevant commune before 1 April. Newcomers to Luxembourg should contact their local Municipal office of their place of residence for information on the enrolment procedures.

Pre-school Education (Éducation Préscolaire)

Pre-schools are free of charge and compulsory for all children aged four on 1 September of the upcoming school year. Lessons are in Luxembourgish language. Schools hours are usually Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 11:45 and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 14:00 to 16:00. Some communes provide meals at lunchtime. Enrolment takes place at the education department (Service de l'Enseignement) of the commune of residence at least three months before the start of the school year. Documents required:
  • The family booklet
  • Birth certificate
  • Completed registration form
  • Residence permit/ certificate of registration
In Luxembourg, the language of communication is Luxembourgish. At school, literacy is done in German. The teaching languages of the Basic School are Luxemburgish, German and French. If the newly arrived pupil does not have the necessary language skills, he / she may temporarily benefit from a welcome course. The objective of this course is to give students the language skills necessary to be able to follow the teaching in the regular classes and to integrate them as well as possible into the cycle corresponding to their age category. For more information on integration courses Students who integrates basic education during school and who do lack Luxembourgish (1 st cycle), German or French (2e 3 e or 4 th cycles) in order to integrate the Each week, one or more home courses outside its home class to learn intensively the language or languages useful for its integration. Parents wishing to enrol their child in a school outside of their commune must request a dérogation with the commune's Mayor (bourgmestre). Children must be registered on the citizens' register of the Bureau de Population in order to enrol at a school.  

Primary School Education

Primary school education starts at age 6 and covers cycles 2, 3 and 4 of the Education Fondamentale programme. Teaching, reading and writing is in German and French lessons are taught from the end of Cycle 2. Enrolment takes place at the education department (Service de l'Enseignement) of the commune of residence in April and children must be registered on the citizens' register of the Bureau de Population. Most schools provide lunch for their pupils. Textbooks are provided free of charge.