The data explorer also provides information on the minimum age for compulsory schooling. Please note that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides data on the starting and ending age for compulsory education. For more information, visit OECDiLibrary.
Age at which a child must enrol in early childhood education and care services
- A certain period of compulsory early childhood education is provided for in eleven Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Greece, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland).
- Among the eleven Member States where a certain period of compulsory early childhood education is provided for, the age requirement is set at 5 years in seven Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Greece and Latvia), and at 6 years in three others (Finland, Lithuania, Poland).
- In Hungary, children are to attend early childhood education from the age of 3 years. In Austria, early childhood education and care is compulsory only on a part-time basis.