Reykjavik - Post Report Question and Answers

Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Local preschools in Icelandic with English support. Our youngest made great Icelandic friends and came out speaking fluent Icelandic! Very affordable but application process can be convoluted. Preschools only go to 3 or 4 pm so can be challenging if both parents work. - Sep 2021

Preschools are very cheap and subsidized by the government. They are based on where you live. - Nov 2017

Preschools are subsidized by the government and are everywhere. You will be assigned one depending on where you live, although it's possible to switch to a different one in your neighborhood if you don't like the one your child was designated to attend. I pay less than $200 per month for full day preschool with 2 hot meals and an afternoon snack. The preschool is all in Icelandic, but the teachers usually speak some English and can help your child adjust. - Feb 2013

Preschools and daycare (called kindergarten locally) are widely available. All Icelandic kids start going to "kindgergarten" at about 2 years of age. These are generally Icelandic speaking only. - Jul 2011

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