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Quick tip

A useful tip is to bring extra rain or winter clothes to the kindergarden, since the days often consists of lots of outdoor activities.


  • You can apply for a spot in both public and private kindergartens.

  • Children who turn one year old by the end of November in the year they are applying, and who do not have a kindergarten spot, are entitled to a kindergarten placement.

  • The application deadline is March 1st, and the desired start date must be no later than November 30th of the same year. If you are changing kindergartens, the application deadline is February 1st.

If you are a student there are separate alternatives for you regarding available spots. Click the link below for information.


Children who turn 1 year old by the end of November in the year of applying for a kindergarten spot are, upon application, entitled to a placement in the kindergarten in Karlsøy municipality. The child must have turned one year old before the start date. Starting from the fall of 2023, kindergarten in Karlsøy municipality is free of charge.

In Karlsøy Municipality, there is one main admission to kindergartens each year. The deadline to apply for a kindergarten spot is March 1st every year. After the main admission, there is ongoing admission of children in the kindergartens with available capacity.

Application for a kindergarten spot must be done electronically through the municipality's parent portal for kindergarten/after-school care admissions.


The application deadline for the main admission is March 1st (applies to spots from August of the same year). As long as we have available spaces, we also admit new children throughout the year.

The right to a kindergarten placement applies in the municipality where the child resides. This right applies to children who do not have a spot already and who apply before the deadline.

If there are no available spots in the kindergarten you desire, you may be offered a spot in another kindergarten.

Children without a kindergarten placement who turn one year old between January and July have the right to a spot in August of the year they turn one.

Children without a kindergarten placement who turn one year old in August, September, October, or November have a legally established right to a kindergarten spot in the month they turn one.

Children without a kindergarten placement who turn one year old in December have the right to a kindergarten spot in the upcoming August after they turn one.

Older children without a kindergarten placement have the right to a spot in August.


In Storfjord municipality, there are two public and one private kindergarten. The kindergartens aim to provide children aged 0-6 with a nurturing and learning environment in accordance with the preschool curriculum.

Storfjord municipality emphasizes early intervention and the best interests of the child as overarching principles. The kindergartens are concluding a two-year participation in the initiative 'Kompetanseløftet for spesialpedagogikk og inkluderende praksis' (Competence Boost for Special Education and Inclusive Practices) in the spring of 2023. In the fall of 2023, a new development initiative within the regional program for competence development in kindergartens will be launched. This effort is a collaboration with the University of Tromsø and aims to assist kindergartens in evolving their pedagogical practices related to life skills, nutrition, and health.

Starting from August 1st, 2023, kindergarten is free of charge for all children aged 1-5 in Storfjord.

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