First Release

Year: LIX.
Zagreb, 25 July 2022
OBR-2022-1-1

ISSN 1334-0557

KINDERGARTENS AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES IMPLEMENTING PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, BEGINNING OF 2021/2022 PEDAGOGIC YEAR

Compared to the previous pedagogic year, 4 988 more children were enrolled.

At the beginning of the 2021/2022 pedagogic year, according to the methodology of statistical data collection, there were 1 708 reporting units implementing preschool education and care programmes, of which there were 1 548 kindergartens and 160 other legal entities (basic schools, playrooms in libraries or other institutions or organisations).

Kindergartens founded by local government and self-government units were attended by 81.2% of children.

The total number of children covered by any preschool education and care programmes was 142 440, out of which 68 933 were girls (48.4%). There were 130 250 children covered by a regular programme, 9 310 by a preschool programme and 2 880 by a shorter programme.

There were 78.8% of children who spent eight and more hours in a kindergarten.

Out of the total number, 372 were self-contained kindergartens, that is, those without departments, while 283 of them included departments. The number of departments amounted to 893.

As compared to the previous year, the total number of reporting units increased by 0.6%, and the total number of children in reporting units also increased, by 3.6%.

Out of the total number of persons in employment, 61.9% were kindergarten teachers and teachers.

In the 2020/2021 pedagogic year, the preschool programme covered 9 310 children who did not attend a regular preschool programme, which was 6.9% less than in the previous year.

1 KINDERGARTENS AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES IMPLEMENTING PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, BEGINNING OF 2021/2022 PEDAGOGIC YEAR

Founder Total Kindergartens Other legal entities
Self-contained With departments Departments Basic schools Playrooms in libraries Other institutions
Total 1 708  372  283  893  123  6  31
Republic of Croatia  5  2 - -  2  1 -
Local government and self-government units 1 289  191  212  752  117  5  12
Other domestic legal entities and natural persons (private)  355  163  57  112  4 -  19
Religious communities  59  16  14  29 - - -

2 CHILDREN, BY TYPE OF PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMME AND BY SEX, BEGINNING OF 2021/2022 PEDAGOGIC YEAR

Founder Total In regular programmes In preschool institutions1) In shorter programmes
All Girls All Girls All Girls All Girls
Total 142 440 68 933 130 250 62 730 9 310 4 494 2 880 1 709
Republic of Croatia  383  211  186  105  77  31  120  75
Local government and self-government units 115 661 55 702 106 587 51 140 7 913 3 818 1 161  744
Other domestic legal entities and natural persons (private) 22 669 11 182 19 916 9 730 1 154  562 1 599  890
Religious communities 3 727 1 838 3 561 1 755  166  83 - -

1) The data refer to a preschool programme implemented in the 2020/2021 pedagogic year. 

3 CHILDREN, BY SEX AND BY TIME SPENT DAILY IN PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMES, BEGINNING OF 2021/2022 PEDAGOGIC YEAR

Founder Children Time spent daily in preschool programmes, hours Percentage of children by time spent in preschool programmes, hours
All Girls Less than 5 5 – 8  8 and more Less than 5 5 – 8 8 and more
Total 142 440 68 933 14 324 15 808 112 308 10,06 11,10 78,85
Republic of Croatia  383  211  197  70  116 51,44 18,28 30,29
Local government and self-government units 115 661 55 702 11 010 12 926 91 725 9,52 11,18 79,31
Other domestic legal entities and natural persons (private) 22 669 11 182 2 933 2 206 17 530 12,94 9,73 77,33
Religious communities 3 727 1 838  184  606 2 937 4,94 16,26 78,80

4 PERSONS IN EMPLOYMENT IN KINDERGARTENS AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES IMPLEMENTING PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMES, BEGINNING OF 2021/2022 PEDAGOGIC YEAR

      Persons in employment Kindergarten teachers and teachers  Medical staff  Pedagogues Psychologists, special education teachers Administrative staff Other staff
All Women All Women All Women All Women All Women All Women All Women
Total Total 23 438 22 416 14 505 14 349  549  535  489  480  624  608 1 084  967 6 187 5 477
  Full-time 21 961 21 042 14 055 13 928  376  371  329  323  499  488  983  876 5 719 5 056
Kindergartens Total 23 013 22 031 14 210 14 084  537  523  484  475  567  551 1 069  955 6 146 5 443
  Full-time 21 761 20 860 13 969 13 851  367  362  326  320  443  432  971  867 5 685 5 028
Preschool institutions1) Total  146  138  146  138 - - - - - - - - - -
  Full-time - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other legal entities Total  279  247  149  127  12  12  5  5  57  57  15  12  41  34
  Full-time  200  182  86  77  9  9  3  3  56  56  12  9  34  28

1) The data refer to a preschool programme implemented in the 2020/2021 pedagogic year.

5 PERSONS IN EMPLOYMENT IN KINDERGARTENS, BY EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND SEX, BEGINNING OF 2021/2022 PEDAGOGIC YEAR

Founder Persons in employment Kindergarten teachers and teachers Medical staff Professional assistants Administrative staff Other staff
All Women All Women
All Total 23 013 22 031 14 210 14 084  537 1 051 1 069 6 146
  High 3 583 3 450 1 999 1 968  87 1 017  341  139
  Higher 12 490 12 349 11 654 11 560  339  34  321  142
  Secondary 5 448 4 766  557  556  111 -  407 4 373
  Basic 1 492 1 466 - - - - - 1 492
Republic of Croatia All  34  31  17  17 -  2  3  12
  High  7  7  4  4 -  2  1 -
  Higher  14  14  13  13 - -  1 -
  Secondary  12  9 - - - -  1  11
  Basic  1  1 - - - - -  1
Local government and self-government units All 19 172 18 331 11 801 11 697  386  788  866 5 331
  High 2 712 2 612 1 527 1 505  53  758  274  100
  Higher 10 528 10 416 9 889 9 808  236  30  272  101
  Secondary 4 517 3 909  385  384  97 -  320 3 715
  Basic 1 415 1 394 - - - - - 1 415
Other domestic legal entities and natural persons All 3 209 3 087 2 032 2 014  127  212  153  685
  High  715  683  400  391  30  209  44  32
  Higher 1 628 1 605 1 467 1 458  87  3  41  30
  Secondary  799  737  165  165  10 -  68  556
  Basic  67  62 - - - - -  67
Religious communities All  598  582  360  356  24  49  47  118
  High  149  148  68  68  4  48  22  7
  Higher  320  314  285  281  16  1  7  11
  Secondary  120  111  7  7  4 -  18  91
  Basic  9  9 - - - - -  9

6 KINDERGARTENS AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES IMPLEMENTING PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMES, CHILDREN BY AGE GROUPS, PERSONS IN EMPLOYMENT BY COUNTIES, BEGINNING OF 2021/2022 PEDAGOGIC YEAR

       Kindergartens Other legal entities Children by age groups Persons in employment
All Up to 3 years 3 – 5 years 5 – 7 years and older All Out of that
Kindergarten teachers and teachers Medical staff
Republic of Croatia 1 548  160 142 440 30 891 52 986 58 563 23 438 14 505  549
State-owned 1 157  137 116 044 25 045 42 763 48 236 19 569 12 057  397
Private  332  23 22 669 5 194 8 692 8 783 3 271 2 088  128
Established by religious communities  59 - 3 727  652 1 531 1 544  598  360  24
County of Zagreb  101  10 11 508 3 212 4 047 4 249 1 890 1 131  46
State-owned  64  8 8 892 2 402 3 163 3 327 1 492  882  29
Private  33  2 2 436  767  819  850  366  228  15
Established by religious communities  4 -  180  43  65  72  32  21  2
County of Krapina-Zagorje  27  13 3 618  861 1 148 1 609  532  349  9
State-owned  22  13 3 250  760 1 024 1 466  482  318  6
Private  5 -  368  101  124  143  50  31  3
County of Sisak-Moslavina  36  5 4 017  900 1 336 1 781  685  400  10
State-owned  35  5 3 978  896 1 317 1 765  677  396  9
Established by religious communities  1 -  39  4  19  16  8  4  1
County of Karlovac  23  7 3 334  696 1 194 1 444  486  298  13
State-owned  21  7 3 229  686 1 152 1 391  473  290  12
Private  2 -  105  10  42  53  13  8  1
County of Varaždin  58  4 5 872 1 248 2 085 2 539  833  528  27
State-owned  29  2 3 131  649 1 075 1 407  469  289  17
Private  26  2 2 626  599  951 1 076  347  230  10
Established by religious communities  3 -  115 -  59  56  17  9 -
County of Koprivnica-Križevci  41  13 3 320  509 1 169 1 642  479  311  13
State-owned  28  13 2 439  371  803 1 265  359  238  10
Private  10 -  659  118  237  304  88  53  3
Established by religious communities  3 -  222  20  129  73  32  20 -
County of Bjelovar-Bilogora  27  12 2 990  564 1 019 1 407  416  254  17
State-owned  19  11 2 246  479  729 1 038  315  190  13
Private  8  1  744  85  290  369  101  64  4
County of Primorje-Gorski kotar  126  4 9 111 1 878 3 607 3 626 1 715 1 113  25
State-owned  98  3 7 705 1 699 3 028 2 978 1 470  955  22
Private  24  1 1 225  148  505  572  214  140  2
Established by religious communities  4 -  181  31  74  76  31  18  1
County of Lika-Senj  13  4 1 201  230  419  552  197  131  1
State-owned  13  4 1 201  230  419  552  197  131  1
County of Virovitica-Podravina  14  6 1 983  256  652 1 075  261  160  8
State-owned  13  6 1 921  256  621 1 044  251  154  8
Private  1 -  62 -  31  31  10  6 -
County of Požega-Slavonia  17  4 1 903  396  614  893  273  184  4
State-owned  14  4 1 632  330  515  787  237  158  4
Private  2 -  135  27  51  57  14  11 -
Established by religious communities  1 -  136  39  48  49  22  15 -
County of Slavonski Brod-Posavina  24  7 3 465  564 1 363 1 538  398  243  14
State-owned  21  4 2 982  525 1 110 1 347  356  215  13
Private  2  3  350  23  206  121  26  17 -
Established by religious communities  1 -  133  16  47  70  16  11  1
County of Zadar  83  4 5 476  808 2 058 2 610  976  576  35
State-owned  57  4 4 104  581 1 506 2 017  749  443  17
Private  22 - 1 130  224  450  456  195  116  16
Established by religious communities  4 -  242  3  102  137  32  17  2
County of Osijek-Baranja  83  18 7 591 1 309 2 823 3 459  958  672  22
State-owned  64  17 6 586 1 117 2 486 2 983  840  586  21
Private  17  1  858  170  278  410  99  72  1
Established by religious communities  2 -  147  22  59  66  19  14 -
County of Šibenik-Knin  47  2 3 244  661 1 211 1 372  577  366  7
State-owned  35  2 2 380  462  867 1 051  434  275  6
Private  9 -  687  179  271  237  112  72  1
Established by religious communities  3 -  177  20  73  84  31  19 -
County of Vukovar-Sirmium  48  13 4 216  770 1 516 1 930  581  397  9
State-owned  37  13 3 362  589 1 184 1 589  471  322  2
Private  8 -  601  111  250  240  78  54  4
Established by religious communities  3 -  253  70  82  101  32  21  3
County of Split-Dalmatia  244  5 15 699 2 486 6 437 6 776 2 504 1 433  78
State-owned  187  3 11 845 1 726 4 773 5 346 1 942 1 100  51
Private  48  2 3 181  675 1 352 1 154  480  281  24
Established by religious communities  9 -  673  85  312  276  82  52  3
County of Istria  132  3 7 416 1 886 2 861 2 669 1 509  923  26
State-owned  102  3 6 206 1 542 2 413 2 251 1 318  774  24
Private  29 - 1 171  334  431  406  186  145  2
Established by religious communities  1 -  39  10  17  12  5  4 -
County of Dubrovnik-Neretva  52  1 4 518  857 1 701 1 960  784  502  14
State-owned  44  1 4 094  771 1 560 1 763  730  467  13
Private  5 -  216  21  72  123  22  16 -
Established by religious communities  3 -  208  65  69  74  32  19  1
County of Međimurje  52  8 4 338  768 1 580 1 990  632  407  21
State-owned  29  6 2 801  434 1 019 1 348  437  283  11
Private  21  2 1 446  297  538  611  182  116  9
Established by religious communities  2 -  91  37  23  31  13  8  1
City of Zagreb  300  17 37 620 10 032 14 146 13 442 6 752 4 127  150
State-owned  225  8 32 060 8 540 11 999 11 521 5 870 3 591  108
Private  60  9 4 669 1 305 1 794 1 570  688  428  33
Established by religious communities  15 -  891  187  353  351  194  108  9

NOTES ON METHODOLOGY

Sources and methods of data collection

Data are the result of statistical data processing collected through the Annual Report on Kindergartens and Other Legal Entities Implementing Preschool Education Programmes (DV-PO form) from self-contained kindergartens, kindergartens with departments, departments and other legal entities (basic schools, playrooms in libraries and other health, social, sports and cultural institutions and organizations implementing preschool education programmes) in the Republic of Croatia active in the 2021/2022 pedagogic year, and refer to 31 October 2021.

Coverage and comparability

The statistical survey covers kindergartens and other legal entities implementing preschool education and care programmes on the territory of the Republic of Croatia. The data are comparable to the data from previous years relating to kindergartens. The coverage for 2004/2005 has been expanded on other legal entities other legal entities implementing preschool education programmes. Data on the preschool programme refer to the 2020/2021 pedagogic year.

Definitions

Preschool education and care programmes intended for preschool children are implemented in nursery and kindergarten groups in kindergarten, irrespective of the founder, and can be classified as follows: regular programmes, preschool programmes and shorter programmes.

Preschool education programmes (not kindergartens) in other legal entities are realised in basic schools, in health institutions caring for children with developmental difficulties, in social institutions caring for children with developmental difficulties; as playrooms in libraries, shorter programmes in cultural institutions and shorter programmes in different organisations.

All preschool education programmes must be verified by the Ministry of Science and Education. They are established as constitutional units of the legal entities in question and must fulfil all conditions required for work with preschool children.

Kindergartens are public institutions that provide preschool education as a public service. Kindergarten can be established by the Republic of Croatia and local government units (state-owned kindergartens), religious communities (kindergartens established by religious communities) and other domestic legal entities and natural persons (private kindergartens).

Departments are dislocated parts of a central kindergarten, which include one or more education groups, established by kindergartens as required.

Preschool upbringing in kindergartens covers children of 6 months of age until school age.

Preschool education conducted in kindergartens and other legal entities for children over 3 years of age in the Republic of Croatia corresponds to the level 0 of the ISCED 2011.

Professional assistants are education professional, psychologist, special education teacher, foreign language teacher, music teacher, art teacher, dance teacher etc.

Preschool programme is conducted for children aged six who do not attend a regular preschool education programme as a preparation for school.

Shorter programmes include various contents (foreign languages, religious education, sports, dancing, musical or art classes etc.), which children attend for several hours per week or month.

The organisation and activity in kindergartens is based on the Act on Preschool Education (NN, Nos 10/97, 107/07, 94/13, 98/19 and 57/22).

Territorial constitution

Data on counties are presented according to the Act on the Territories of Counties, Towns and Municipalities in the Republic of Croatia (NN, Nos 86/06, 125/06, 16/07, 95/08, 46/10, 145/10, 37/13, 44/13, 45/13 and 110/15), with the situation as on 31 December 2021.

 

Abbreviations

ISCED 2011 International Standard Classification of Education, 2011 version
NN  Narodne novine, official gazette of the Republic of Croatia

 

Symbols

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