Institutionalized preschool education is not mandatory in the Czech Republic. For children aged three to six (in merited cases even younger) this form of education is offered by preschools (public, private, or organised by a company), or by initial, preparatory classes in basic schools. Children who are the last year prior to compulsory school age have priority to be accepted. Preschools may function as separate educational facilities, but also in conjunction with other educational facilities.
Preschool education supports the educational role of the family and enhances it with impulses, develops and expands them. It is a stage of education in which the child predominantly gains social skills, a basic understanding of the world, as well as receiving the first encouragement towards the lifelong learning.