Early Childhood Education in the Community of Madrid
Early Childhood Education is an educational stage of a voluntary nature, which attends to boys and girls from birth to six years of age. It is ordered in two cycles, the first includes up to three years and the second, which will be free, covers from three to six years.
The educational action will seek the integration of the different experiences and learning of the students with a global vision and will adapt to their work rhythms. Special emphasis will be placed on guaranteeing the principles of equity and inclusion, as well as early detection and early care of specific educational support needs. . In order to respect the fundamental responsibility of parents or legal guardians at this stage, educational centers will work directly with them in the education of their children or guardians. The commitment of the families to the center will imply respect for their educational project and, where appropriate, their own character.
In order to respond to the needs of children and their families, the Community of Madrid has created a network of Public Centers for the first cycle of Early Childhood Education in collaboration with the City Councils of the region or with other institutions.
The Network of Public Centers for the first cycle of Early Childhood Education is made up of:
- Infant Schools
- Nursery Schools - Children's Houses
In addition to the Network of Public Centers for the first cycle of Early Childhood Education, there are 79 public schools for Early Childhood and Primary Education authorized to teach the first cycle of Early Childhood Education.
Children in the second cycle of Early Childhood Education are enrolled in:
- Infant and Primary Schools where the vast majority of students are.
- Infant Schools with students in the first and second cycle of Infant Education.