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Education in Hungary is predominantly public and currently administered by the Ministry of Human Capacities. A limited number of nurseries are available for children from birth to three, mostly in larger cities.

Public education starts at the age of three, as kindergarten has also become compulsory.
This in principle could help prevent developmental delays for children in vulnerable situations. Parents have to pay for meals, but 70% of children are entitled to a price reduction or a free meal. This provision has got some controversial elements though. As kindergartens have become part of the public education system, children have to spend at least four hours daily there, with some exceptions. The local notary, based on the advice of the welfare agencies, can give permission for non-attendance. In many instances this is based on disability or the resistance of the local community, so many children in need have no access to early childhood education and care (ECEC).

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Hungary- Country Profile

The information provided in this Country Profile reflects the situation at the end of May 2021. Country profiles look at key indicators across all the countries involved in the campaign and identify gaps in national data and evidence on early childhood.

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Fact sheet Hungary 2020

The information provided in the country fact sheets reflects the situation by end of August 2020. It provides recommendations for EU policy & funding.

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Case study Hungary 2020

This material is part of a compilation of various case studies from across Europe that show different facets of early childhood development, and the types of policies and interventions that we are promoting through the ‘First Years, First Priority’ campaign. Published in December 2020.

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