Pre-schools in Russia

An overview of the pre-school system in Russia…

The public pre-school, or kindergarten, system in Russia is under the care of municipalities and town authorities rather than the Ministry of Education and Science. Children are accepted from the age of 12 months to 5 years old. Parents pay about 20 percent of the cost with the rest covered by the authorities. There are often not enough places so the child’s name is usually entered on to a waiting list almost immediately after birth.

The language used in public kindergartens is always Russian, but in the larger cities it is also possible to find private English-speaking day care centres, including some connected to the embassies in Moscow. In addition to these, some of the international schools cater for children younger than school age on pre-school programmes.