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Language support in the kindergarten

Language skills are important for successful learning processes and the course of education and also enable active participation in society. To provide every child in Austria a reliable basis for the school´s language demands the Federal Ministry worked out a comprehensive packet of measures for early language support for children aged from three to six in child care institutions. All children should have sufficient mastery of the instruction language German when entering primary school. This packet of measures for early language support has been provided by the Federal State within the framework of the Federal -Provincial-Agreement and is being continuously developed.

The four main elements are:

Procedure for the determination of the language level to establish children with special language needs

Defining cross-province framework targets of language education and support in children aged from three to six, as well as defining German-language standards [DOWNLOAD bs¬_sprechsprachkomp.pdf] when starting school.

Qualification offers for educators within the framework of training as well as further education and advanced training.

Strengthening parents in their role as main language transmitter.