Children and Education
In Gnesta, all children and young people have access to good childcare and education at our preschools, kindergartens and schools.
Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary School
Preschool and kindergarten are for children from ages 1 to 6 (at age 6, children begin regular school). Children attend preschool and kindergarten when their parents need to work or study during the day. All children between the ages of 3 and 5 are eligible for 15 hours of preschool each week. This also includes children who are new arrivals to our country.
People also run private daycare programmes for children from ages 1-5, often out of their own homes.
Primary school is intended for children ages 6 to 16.
Every school has a before/afterschool programme. Students between the ages of 6 and 8 can enroll in a before/afterschool programme if their parents need to work or study outside of the hours of the normal schoolday. These programmes are open in the morning before school and in the afternoon, once school is over for the day.
Some schools also have a youth centre. At the youth centre, children ages 9-13 can hang out while their parents are at work or studying. These clubs are open in the afternoon, once school has ended for the day.
Upper Secondary School/High School
All children between the ages of 16 and 19 have the right to attend an upper secondary or high school. Enrollment in upper secondary/high school is voluntary. Gnesta municipality does not have its own upper secondary/high school. Young people from Gnesta municipality often attend upper secondary/high school in Flen, Nyköping, Salem, Strängnäs or Sädertälje. Pupils who are newly arrived to Sweden may enroll in SPRINT, a programme that introduces them to the Swedish language. Gnesta has partnership agreements with SPRINT programmes in schools in Flen, Nyköping, Strängnäs, and Södertälje. To reach a contact person for questions regarding upper secondary/high schools, please call the municipality’s switchboard.
Arts and Recreation Centre
The Chill arts and recreation centre gives our children and young people even more opportunities for personal development. At the recreation center, children and young people ages 12-19 meet to try out various recreational activities. The arts centre offers dance, drama and music classes for all children ages 7-18. If one wishes to attend a course at the arts centre, one must pay a tuition fee.
Continuing Education and Sfi (Swedish language instruction for adult immigrants)
The Utbildningscentrum education center offers learning opportunities to adults. Here, people from other countries can learn Swedish. You will learn the Swedish language and what it’s like to live in Sweden.
Click here to read more about continuing education and Swedish for immigrants (Sfi).