PRESCHOOL Curriculum for the Preschool Lpfö 98 Revised 2010
The Spanish Educational System:
The current system of education in Spain is known as LOE after the Ley Orgánica de Educación, or Fundamental Law of Education. Education in Spain is compulsory, and free from 6 to 16 years of age, supported by the Government in each Region.
Below Higher Education the system can be seen as consisting of four levels:
1. Pre-school (Educación Infantil, segundo ciclo) - 3 to 6 years of age
2. Primary School (Educación Primaria) six years of schooling - 6 to 12 years of age
3. Compulsory Secondary Education (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) four years of schooling - 12 to 16 years of age
4. Post-Compulsory Schooling (Bachillerato) two years of schooling - 16 to 18 years of age
Children 3 to 6 years old in [Spain] have the option of attending the Pre-school stage (infantil or popularly known as preescolar), which is non-compulsory and free for all students. It is regarded as an integral part of the education system with infants' classes at almost every primary school. There are some separate nursery schools (Colegios Infantiles).
Children (whose parents chose that they should) enter pre-school (Educación Infantil) in the autumn of the calendar year in which they turn three years old. Following this pattern, the ages given here as corresponding to the different phases are the ages turned by children in the calendar year in which the academic year begins. Age ranges are inclusive: 3 to 5 years of age is 3 academic years.
Spanish students aged 6 to 16 undergo primary (colegio) and secondary school (instituto) education, which are compulsory and (like the preceding preschool from age 3) free of charge. Successful students are awarded a Secondary Education Certificate, which is necessary to enter the post-compulsory stage of Schooling (principally the Bachillerato) for their University or Vocational (Formación Profesional) Studies. Once students have finished their Bachillerato, they can take their University Entrance Exam (Pruebas de Acceso a la Universidad, popularly called Selectividad) which differs greatly from region to region. The compulsory stage of secondary education is normally referred to by its initials: ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria).
Pre-school (Educación Infantil, segundo ciclo) - 3 to 6 years of age: CURRICULUM