Escoles bressol (kindergarten): preregistration and enrolment

What do you need to know?

It is the application for schooling for children from 4 months to 3 years of age in a kindergarten or public escola bressol.

Escoles bressol provide early learning of a non-compulsory nature. They also offer a key educational role in learning and personal development during the early years of the child’s life. This educational perspective is the main aspect setting them apart from crèches and play schools, which solely look after the children, with no need for the carers to have any specific qualifications.

This first level of education can be done in state schools, where the cost is financed by the government, or private schools.

VERY IMPORTANT:

You should bear in mind that the escoles bressol in Barcelona are highly thought of, which means that the demand for places is often greater than the number available. Therefore, if a school has more applications than places available, priority criteria are used to accept applications.

If you do not get a place at any of the schools applied for, please remember that there are a large number of private schools where children can be enrolled.

It is an essential process to be able to access the services offered by schools supported with public funds. However, it is a stage of schooling that is not compulsory.

It is important to take into account that:

  • Only one application may be submitted per child. However, you may indicate, in order of preference, requests for admission to several schools (a maximum of 10) on the same application form. If more than one application is submitted, all priority rights (and the relevant points) will be lost.
  • It is advisable to show, in order of preference, the maximum number of desirable schools as this increases the chances of obtaining a place in one of the schools chosen.
  • You should be aware that the schools organise open days so that families can visit them and get to know them better.

Who does it apply to?

It is for children between 4 months and 3 years of age.

What requirements must be met?

  • To enrol a child in an escola bressol for the first time, they must be at least 16 weeks old at the start of the school year.
  • Enrolment cannot be done before the child is born.
  • Enrolment can be done up to when the child is 3 years of age.

What do you need to do?

COVID-19 ALERT: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, submitting a preregistration application for the City of Barcelona's municipal kindergartens (escoles bressol) will be carried out online and via Barcelona City Council administrative portal.

Under exceptional circumstances, families that cannot submit the form online may contact their first-choice school by telephone or email, in order to obtain an appointment and carry out preregistration in person

If you preregister in person, you can also print the application form online. This application form is universal and can be submitted to any kindergarten, although it is preferable to submit it to your first-choice school. 

What steps must you follow?

ONLINE

STEP 1: Fill in the application form and submit the documentation
  • Fill in and submit the application form, along with the documentation, on the Barcelona City Council administrative portal.
  • The information and the application form are only available in Catalan and Spanish.
  • Please remember that you can put your telephone number on the form to receive status notifications for the application.
  • It is important that, in the application itself, you indicate, in order of preference, requests for admission to several schools so that there are more options in the event that your first choice is not given to you.
  • The period for submission of applications and publication of the list of preregistration applications varies, depending on the year, but is usually between April and May.
  • Before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested to formalise preregistration.

 

 

STEP 2: Check whether the child has been admitted

Once the preregistration period has ended, you need to check the lists to see if the student has been admitted.

The lists can be checked by various means:

Applications which are not accepted into the enrolment process will make up the waiting list for access to places which fall vacant during the school year, if this is requested on the preregistration form.

STEP 3: If the child has been admitted, enrolment is completed

In the event that the child has been admitted, you need to complete enrolment at the relevant school within the time limit set. If you do not complete enrolment within the time limit set, you will be deemed to have relinquished the place.

 

Apart from the documents provided when you submitted the preregistration application, the schools may also request the following when you come to enrol:

 

  • A photocopy of the student's vaccination card showing the doses of vaccine received and their dates. If you do not have a vaccinations card, you need to submit an official medical certificate or the student’s health card showing the doses of vaccine received and the relevant dates. If the child has not been vaccinated on a doctor’s advice, or for other reasons, an official medical certificate justifying this must be submitted.
  • If appropriate, if it was not possible to submit it with the preregistration application, the renewed DNI with the new address.
  • Documentation attesting to any access requirements.

 

Regarding payment of the enrolment fee, please remember that the public prices for schooling or food in the municipal escoles bressol are variable and are set depending on the income and the number of members in the family unit the student belongs to. Therefore, if you prefer, prior to completing enrolment definitively, you can access the public prices calculator taking into account social pricing. 

 

In the event that you are not able to gain a place at any of the schools requested, please remember that there are a large number of private schools in Barcelona where you can enrol.

 

IN PERSON

STEP 1: Fill in the application form and gather the documentation

You need to fill in the application and preregistration form. There are two ways to get this document:

  • In person:
    • At the Barcelona Education Consortium's Registration Help and Information Office.
    • At Barcelona City Council citizens information offices (OAC).

 

  • Online:
    • Via the Barcelona Education Consortium Internet portal. You can download the form, fill it in, to generate the application, and print it out.
    • At the public escoles bressol.
    • At the Barcelona Municipal Education Institute Information Office.

 

The information and the application form are only available in Catalan and Spanish.

 

Please remember that you can put your telephone number on the form to receive status notifications for the application.

It is important that, in the application itself, you indicate, in order of preference, requests for admission to several schools so that there are more options in the event that your first choice is not given to you.

Before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested to formalise preregistration.

 

STEP 2: Submit the original application form and the documentation
  • Submit the documentation and preregistration application form, preferably to your first-choice escola bressol. In order to submit the application form and the necessary documents in person, you need an appointment, obtained by contacting the centre by phone or email.  

 

  • The period for submission of applications and publication of the list of preregistration applications varies, depending on the year, but is usually between April and May.

 

 

STEP 3: Check whether the child has been admitted

Once the preregistration period has ended, you need to check the lists to see if the student has been admitted.

 

The lists can be checked by various means:

 

Applications which are not accepted into the enrolment process will make up the waiting list for access to places which fall vacant during the school year, if this is requested on the preregistration form.

 

STEP 3: If the child has been admitted, enrolment is completed

In the event that the child has been admitted, you need to complete enrolment at the relevant school within the time limit set. If you do not complete enrolment within the time limit set, you will be deemed to have relinquished the place.

Apart from the documents provided when you submitted the preregistration application, the schools may also request the following when you come to enrol:

  • A photocopy of the student's vaccination card showing the doses of vaccine received and their dates. If you do not have a vaccinations card, you need to submit an official medical certificate or the student’s health card showing the doses of vaccine received and the relevant dates. If the child has not been vaccinated on a doctor’s advice, or for other reasons, an official medical certificate justifying this must be submitted.
  • If appropriate, if it was not possible to submit it with the preregistration application, the renewed DNI with the new address.
  • Documentation attesting to any access requirements.

Regarding payment of the enrolment fee, please remember that the public prices for schooling or food in the municipal escoles bressol are variable and are set depending on the income and the number of members in the family unit the student belongs to.

Therefore, if you prefer, prior to completing enrolment definitively, you can access the public prices calculator taking into account social pricing. 

In the event that you are not able to gain a place at any of the schools requested, please remember that there are a large number of private schools in Barcelona where you can enrol.

Who can submit the application?

The application should be submitted by the child’s parents or guardians in person or by a representative. In the event that the application is made by a third person, authorisation must be submitted, signed by the child’s parents or guardians.

What documentation must be attached to the application?

General documentation:

  • Preregistration application form.
  • Original and photocopy of the identity document of the person making the application (parents, guardians or de facto guardians).
  • In the case of foreign nationals: resident’s card showing the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE).
  • If you do not have a resident’s card, you can provide your passport or, in the case of a foreign national from a European Union country, the identity document from your country of origin.
  • In the case of Spanish nationals: Spanish national identity document (DNI).
  • Individual healthcare card (TSI) for the student. If you do not have this card when preregistering, you need to provide it when enrolling.
  • Original and photocopy of the family book, birth certificate or other documents relating to parentage, where the child’s name and date of birth and their relationship to the parents or guardians can be verified.
  • If the child is adopted or fostered, the documentation relating to the adoption or the ruling on fostering must be provided.
  • The identification or parentage details for foreign students may, extraordinarily, be attested with identity documents, family book from the country of origin or such alternative documents as the person may provide, translated, if necessary. The school board will assess it and record the decision made in writing.
  • It there are more applications than places at a school, the following priority criteria are given points for assigning places. In the event of a tie, additional criteria will be assessed (the associated points may vary).

 

Documentation attesting to any priority criteria:

  • Where there are brothers or sisters at the school or parents or legal guardians working there (40 points):
    • Documentary justification is not needed as the school checks this itself.
  • In the case of proving proximity:
    • Points are only given to the following:
      • Proximity to the family home (30 points if it is in the catchment area, or 10 points if it is within the municipality but outside the catchment area).
        • The address on the identity document (DNI or NIE) of the applicant is considered to be an address indicating proximity to the school.
        • Where the usual residence given does not match that on the identity document, or where dealing with foreign nationals without a resident’s card, the Barcelona Municipal Education Institute will check the registered address for the student’s family unit on its own initiative, using the Barcelona City Council register of residents.
      • Proximity to place of work (20 points):
        • Photocopy of the employment contract or a certificate from the company.
        • In the case of self-employed individuals whose address is where they work, the address recorded at the Tax Office will be used and a copy of the registration, change of details and deregistration form for the taxpayers’ register (forms 036 and 037) will provide evidence of that.
  • Where family income is chosen for points (10 points):
    • Up-to-date certificate issued by the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Families attesting to being in receipt of the minimum insertion income benefit.
  • Where the student, parents, guardians or brothers or sisters are disabled (10 points):
    • Original and photocopy of the disability certificate showing a disability of 33% or more (in Catalan or Spanish).
    • Documents proving you are the beneficiary of a Social Security pension, acknowledging a pension for total, absolute or serious permanent disability or attesting to passive categories that have been awarded a retirement or old-age pension due to permanent incapacity or unfitness for work. 

 

Documentation attesting to any complementary criteria:

  • Where evidence is provided of a large family or single-parent status (15 points):
    • Original and photocopy of the current large or single-parent family card.
  • Where the student has a chronic illness affecting their digestive, endocrine or metabolic system, including coeliacs (10 points):
    • You need to submit one of the following documents, specifying the illness in question:
      • Medical report issued by a public healthcare system doctor.
      • Official medical certificate with a signature authenticated by the College of Physicians in the relevant district.

What does the application cost?

The process is FREE OF CHARGE.

Want to know more?

Which body is responsible for the formality?

In Barcelona: the Barcelona Education Consortium (body formed by Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya) and the Barcelona City Council Municipal Institute of Education.

 

Elsewhere: Catalan Ministry of Education (Generalitat de Catalunya-Government of Catalonia).

Where can I find more information?

You can use the link to the official Barcelona Education Consortium website (only available in Catalan, but it does have Google Translate which means that the portal can be viewed in many languages).

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The procedures tend to change frequently. Therefore, only what is provided by the regulations in force at the time of carrying out the procedure in question is applicable.