Government budgets millions to improve preschools

The government has earmarked SEK 650 million in the spring budget to improve Swedish preschools, Swedish Television SVT reports.

The government aims to decrease class sizes and to increase the number of spaces to teacher education programs by 800.

"This is a historical expansion which will meet our future needs," says Preschool Minister Maria Arnholm.

The number of Swedish kids in preschools is increasing and the school days are getting longer. According to the National Agency of Education a preschool group should not have more than 15 children, but the average is close to 17.

The money is also meant to improve professional development for preschool teachers and to increase the number of random reviews made by the Agency of Education.