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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).

National Coordinator
Family, Child, Youth Association
Hungarian Campaign Site

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Hungary- Country Profile

Hungary has made some progress over the past years to create early childhood development (ECD) policies and support families with young children. For example, the number of places in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for children under three years of age (nursery/crèche) have slightly increased due to the creation of flexible types of services, namely, small nurseries in settlements with fewer children, as well as nurseries at workplaces so that parents have day care facilities close to their work.

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Fact sheet Hungary 2020

Hungary has made adequate efforts over the past year to deliver on early childhood development policies and to support families with young children.  Hungary has a national law or act guaranteeing access to basic ECD services in Education, Health, Nutrition, and/or Social and Child Protection for all children under six.

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