School and SFO
Municipal schools in Trondheim are free, while Private and International schools charge fees.
Municipal schools (link to Norwegian page)
More information about the school system
Primary and lower secondary education is based on the principle of an equal and adapted education for all in an inclusive comprehensive school.
The local authorities fund primary and lower secondary education and have a great deal of freedom when it comes to organising the education. Compulsory schooling in Norway lasts for ten years, and the children start school the year they turn six.
SFO - School Day Care
All municipal schools offer care and supervision of children before and after school hours.
School day care (SFO) is offered to all children from 1st to 4th grade. Children with special needs are offered school day care from 1st through 7th grade.
All applications for a place in a school day-care must be done online. The same form is used if you wish to terminate your place or you wish to change the time your child is in attendance at school day-care. First graders can start in SFO 1st August the year they start in school. We recommend that you apply by 15th April to make sure you have a place when school commences.
If you need help filling in the form, contact the school in question directly.
NB! Currently the electronic application form is unavailable due to introduction of a new school administrative system. Contact your the Department of Education and Early Childhood at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for, amend or terminate a place in school day care (SFO).
Fees and hours of attendance
There are two prices in school day-care (SFO) based on weekly attendance:
From January 2019:
Less than 12 hours: NOK 1 903 ("half place", short-time place)
More than 12 hours: NOK 2 838 ("full place")
In addition there is a daily meals fee. The amount of the daily meals fee is determined by the School Cooperation Committee.
The prices include days when there is no school (holidays, school planning days etc.). In municipal daycare facilities for lower primary school children the annual payment is split into 11 monthly installments. No invoices are sent out in July.
You need to pay for your place in daycare for school children from the day you are offered one. An exception to this rule is made when new school children start attending daycare at the beginning of the academic year, in August. Those offered a place before 15th August pay for the entire month.
If you want your child to change the hours your child attends SFO, you will have to apply for the change electronically. Changes will apply from 1st of the month, one month ahead of time.
If your child has been absent from school daycare for more than a month in a row due to illness, you can apply for a refund of the monthly fee and the daily meals fee. You send your application to the SFO principal.
Families with low income can apply for fee reduction in SFO. You apply by sending in the form below electronically or by mail. You will have to document your monthly income and expenses. Decisions about reduced payment at SFO are valid from the month you send in an application. It may take up to 8 weeks to process an application for reduced parental payment.
Statutes for municipal school day care services
The following statutes for municipal school day care facilities (also known as before/after school programs, abbreviated as SFO in Norwegian) were adopted by the Trondheim City Council 26.11.1998, last amended by the City Council in May 2017.
School day care facilities aim to give children in primary school from first to fourth grade and children with special needs in primary school up to seventh grade, supervision and care. At the same time are children with special needs to be offered ample opportunities for development. School day care facilities shall ensure that children have the opportunity to utilize their spare time actively by playing or participating in diverse cultural and recreational activities based on their age, functional level and interests. This is to be done in close collaboration and agreement with the children's homes and in accordance with the school's objectives as expressed in the Education Act § 1. School Day Care shall comply with key provisions, municipal decisions and plans for the educational establishment in question.
The Municipality of Trondheim owns the premises of municipal school day care facilities and is responsible for their operation.
3. Area for play and stay
School day care facilities ought to have minimum four square meters of space per child (for playing and other activities).
4.1 All children from 1st to 4th grade and all children with special needs from 1st to 7th grade have the right to participate in school day care before and after school.
4.2 The admission process is administrated by the Education Office (Fagenhet for oppvekst og utdanning).
5. Parental fees
5.1 As part of the annual budgetary procedure, the City Council determines the monthly fee for daycare, the rules for fee reduction and for places free of charge.
5.2 Information concerning the monthly school day care rate and the basis for calculating fee reduction are presented in the context of the annual budget process.
5.3 All activities, including day trips during school holidays, are free of charge and accessible to all pupils in school day care.
5.4 You pay for a place from the date you are offered one.
5.5 Termination notices apply from the first day of the month, one month in advance. Termination notices must be submitted electronically on the municipality’s SFO portal.
5.6 The monthly school day care fee is to be paid up until the day of termination.
5.7 In case of a lack of payment, the Municipality may send you a termination notice. You cannot be granted a new place in school day care unless you have paid your monthly fees / meal fees from previous places in kindergarten / school day care.
5.8 There are two kinds of places in SFO: Below 12 hours (short-time place) or 12 hours and above (full-time place).
5.9 You can make changes in the hours of attendance electronically from 1st day of each month, one month in advance.
6. Opening hours
6.1 School day care facilities are open all business days except for SFO`s planning days. In agreement with the School Cooperation Committee, SFO may be closed on 24th December, 31st December or Wednesday before Maundy Thursday.
6.2 The daily opening hours shall be within the time period from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., adapted to the needs at each school after consulting the User Council.
6.3 Each school shall, by itself or in cooperation with other schools, provide SFO during school vacations and public holidays (apart from the two weeks SFO is closed in the summer) within its allocated budget.
6.4 All children should take holiday from SFO, preferably three weeks in the summer holidays and five days throughout the school year on SFO`s planning days.
6.5 The hours of attendance are the sum of hours a child is to spend at SFO before and after school. The sum of hours your child spends at SFO weekly is to correspond with the monthly school day care rate you are paying.
6.6 Parents can make an agreement with the SFO about fewer hours one week and more hours another if their working hours require so (e.g. working shifts). The average hours of attendance in a month still need to correspond with the SFO rate you have chosen.
6.7 During weeks of school vacation children with a short-time place have access to SFO on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
7. Management and Staffing
7.1 The school principal is the administrative and academic head of school day care. The manager should have higher relevant education and time set aside for administration in accordance with the relevant collective agreements. Furthermore, the manager should have varied skills and work experience .
7.2 The number of employees at work is to be in correlation with the number of children present, the children's age, as well as any need for special monitoring of individual children or groups. As a rule, there should not be more than 15 children per adult; adapted to even fewer children per adult for pupils from 1-2nd grade.
Municipality of Trondheim
List of school free days, holidays and vacations at the lower and secondary municipal schools in Trondheim (updated until August 2019).
Fri means Free. Ferie means Vacation. Summer and Christmas vacations are only marked as events on Last day before (Siste dag før...) and First day after (Første dag etter...). National holidays are not included in this calendar.
This calendar displays school related events (kindergarten not included).
Month by month view
Sync calendar to your cell phone
Links that sync to your own calendar:
Planning Days at SFO (School Day Care)
Planning days at SFO take place on school free days (usually a handful of days per year). SFO is also closed on planning days. Which days they are, vary from school to school. Contact your school/SFO for more information.
Download the school and kindergarten calendar in PDF format
Regarding questions concerning application, admission, transfer and fees, please feel free to contact us:
Department of Early Childhood and Education (Fagenhet for oppvekst og utdanning)
Phone: +47 979 96 100 (9.00-11.30am)
Last update: 08.15.2019