Children aged 6-12
Last updated: 5 9 2018
The child will start school, and friends and its own interests will become ever more important. At the same time, the need for close relationships within the family is still strong.
The child's development
Children develop differently. You can contact the school health care if you need support or have questions about your child's development.
From the age of 6, children have a right to begin in pre-school class, which is a voluntary school form. Most six year olds in Sweden are in pre-school class. Pre-school class is free and has a large component of creative work and play. The children go to pre-school and pre-school class Monday to Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are at leisure.
Elementary school is required and free for all children. It is most common that children start school in the Autumn of the year they reach the age of 7. Elementary school consists of nine years of classes. Each school year is divided into two terms, an Autumn Term and a Spring Term.
At these ages, most children try out many different leisure time activities, and being with friends is important.
It is usual that a child will be involved in some club, for example in order to take part in sports, to learn to play a musical instrument, or to explore art and theatre.
The child's health
If the child gets sick, you can turn to your health care central.
If you have questions about the child's development you can turn to student health care (elevhälsan).
At this age it is ever more common for there to be accidents in sports locations. It is important that the child use protection, for example a helmet, in the sports and activities which require it.
Advice and support
There are various places in the municipality to which you can turn in order to get advice and support, to receive parenting training, or to share experiences with other parents.