Austrian Kindergarten Law

Since the 2010/11 school year, kindergarten instruction with at least half-day instruction (16 hours in the morning) from September through June is mandatory for all children resident in Austria who turn five before September 1st of a given schoolyear.

Since the 2016/17 school year all federal states are required to extend an invitation to all parents whose children have turned four before the beginning of the schoolyear on September 1st. This obligatory parental meeting in which the child must also be present is intended to convey the positive results on the child in particular with regard to social competence, increased language and communication competence, and creativity. It is recommended that children age four attend a kindergarten.

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