Pre-school services

A educational service for children 1-5 years of age with parents who are working or studying. The purpose is to nurture the child's learning processes and boost the individual's well-being and development.

General preschool
Children aged 3-5 have the right to attend general pre-school for free for 15 hours per week. The service mainly follows the academic year and takes breaks during the school holidays.

Open pre-school
A meeting place for parents and children aged 0-6, with singing, story time and
creative activities. The minimum age is 3 months.

Independent pre-school
As a parent you can choose between a municipal (public) and an independent (private) pre-school.
Information about the preschools can be found at

Educational care
Educational care  is offered in certain catchment areas as an alternative to pre-schools or recreation centres. The service can be offered in both municipal and private family daycare centres.

Recreation centres
Recreation centres are offered to pupils from 6 years of age who are attending pre-school, until the spring term of the year in which the pupil becomes 13 years of age.

Youth club
Open service for children aged 10-12. Offers a varied range of activities within culture, creativity, sports and exercise, from the end of the school day until 5 pm.

Primary school

Pre-school class
From the autumn term of the year when your child turns six years of age, the child can start pre-school class, which is free of charge and covers up to 20 hours per week.

Primary school
The regular primary school covers grades 1-9. The children usually begin in the first grade at seven years of age, but they may also start at six.

Special school
Accepts pupils aged 7-16. The municipality has four special schools, but it is also possible for pupils to remain in their local schools and follow the special school's curriculum.

How to choose or change schools
Pupils are offered a space in the catchment area they live in. The pupil may choose another school, but are then not entitled to school transport.

School transport during primary school
Pupils in pre-school or primary school are entitled to school transport, free of charge, from their home to the school if the distance is great enough.

Upper secondary school

Skellefteå municipality has four pubic upper secondary schools:  Anderstorpsskolan, Balderskolan and Kaplanskolan are located in the centre of Skellefteå, and Naturbruksgymnasiet is in Burträsk. Skellefteå's municipal upper secondary schools offer 18 different courses in addition to apprenticeship courses and the introductory course. Skellefteå also has a number of independent schools in the centre of Skellefteå.

The upper secondary special school utilises individual curricula which are offered at Anderstorpsskolan, Balderskolan, Kaplanskolan and Naturbruksgymnasiet.
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Input from pupils and parents

Many of the municipality's schools have school boards, which are advisory forums for discussion in which the principal is given the opportunity to hear the views of the parents, pupils and staff.

Skellefteå kulturskola (culture and arts)

Skellefteå kulturskola is one of the ten biggest schools for music and performing arts in the country, and is present in every primary school in the municipality from the second grade onwards, until the third grade of upper secondary school. The school offers singing and string, wind and guitar orchestras/ensembles. Activities such as singing, instrument-playing, piano and violin are popular classes. Skellefteå kulturskola was one of the first in Sweden to make dancing in schools compulsory. The school also has a theatre school and a woodwork club.

Family centres

The family centres are meeting places for children and parents with access to open pre-school, children's welfare, social services and church activities. The centres' goal is to strengthen the social network around children and parents by encouraging adults in their roles as parents and offering children an educational and guidance service.
More information about the family centres can be found at