Apply for or give up a preschool place

You have the right to apply for a place at a preschool of your choice in Skellefteå Municipality. Your child must be at least one year old.

Skellefteå Municipality guarantees places at preschool or other educational activities on condition that your application is submitted no later than three months before you want your child to start.

Form: Apply for a place at preschool, pedagogical care and or leisure-time centre ENGLISH (opens in new window). , 52 kB.

Collect or order a form from Customer Services

You can also collect an application form from the municipality’s Customer Services Desk or order one by telephoning 0910 73 50 00. Unless you have sole custody, the form must be signed by both parents/guardians.

Send the completed form to:

Skellefteå Municipality
Trädgårdsgatan 6
931 85 Skellefteå

You can also hand the form in at the Customer Services Desk at the Town Hall.

Things to keep in mind when applying for a place

The desired date stated in your application will be the introduction date, i.e., the latest date that your child will begin their introduction to preschool or other educational activity. Please remember to allow approximately 10 working days for the child’s introduction before the date on which you begin working/studying.

Your application should state the catchment area and the name of the preschool or other educational activity you wish your child to attend. The stated preference refers to the preschool and not a division thereof. While Skellefteå Municipality will do everything in its power to meet all requests for places, it is not possible to guarantee that your child will be allocated a place at one of your desired alternatives.

You will be notified once your child is placed in a preschool or other educational activity. The preschool or other educational activity will then contact you as soon as possible to agree on a timetable for introducing the child to the new environment.

The earliest date an introduction can begin is the placement date stated in your application. Skellefteå Municipality and the parents/guardians may agree to bring forward or postpone the introduction by a maximum of 14 days.

During the introductory period, the child will be able to familiarise themselves with the new activity, their new friends and staff at their own pace. Parents/guardians usually participate in parts of the introduction.

You are guaranteed a place at one of Skellefteå Municipality’s preschools if your child is between one and five years of age and you submit an application no later than three months before the date on which you wish your child to start. If no place is available at one of the alternatives stated in your application, the head of one of the preschools in your residential area is responsible for offering a place to your child at a municipal preschool as close to your home as possible.

Sibling priority

While Skellefteå Municipality will always do everything we can to place siblings in the same preschool, there is no guarantee that this will be possible.

Example: If several children are queueing in the same calendar month, siblings of children already attending preschool will be offered places first. This is however dependent on there being a place available at the desired preschool/educational activity. Sibling priority does not extend to taking the place of a child already placed at the preschool in question.

If several children are queueing in the same calendar month for a bilingual Swedish-Finnish preschool unit, children whose parents/guardians have specified a Finnish-language activity will be offered places first. That said, there is no guarantee that places will be available.

Place offers

You will receive an offer of a place no later than one month before your child begins preschool. You must accept the offer within two weeks.

If you wish to change preschool, you will need to submit a new application in which you should state the new preschool(s) you would like your child to attend. You will then join the queue and will be offered a place as and when one becomes available.

Giving up a preschool place

You should give at least two months notice if your child is leaving a preschool or other educational activity. This includes when your child is starting preschool class.

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