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Definition: Pre-primary education (ISCED level 0)

Education - ISCED

Programmes at level 0, (pre-primary) defined as the initial stage of organized instruction are designed primarily to introduce very young children to a school-type environment, i.e. to provide a bridge between the home and a school-based atmosphere. Upon completion of these programmes, children continue their education at level 1 (primary education).

Level 0 also includes organized instruction for children with special needs education. This education may be also provided in hospitals or in special schools or training centres. In this case no upper age limit can be specified.

Level 0 excludes adult education.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), "International Standard Classification of Education - ISCED 1997", Paris, November 1997