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Educational Services (0-3 years)

The following services are the educational services for children between 0 and 3 years old, offered by the City of Florence.


  • Children residents of the City of Florence (with at least one resident parent) are allowed to access all public services directly or indirectly managed by the city.
  • Authorized private or accredited educational structures are private entities that run according to their own criteria.
Nursery schools (directly or indirectly managed)
  • Parttime nursery schools: 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Fulltime nursery schools: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Fulltime nursery schools with flexible hours: 7:30 am – 6 pm

Educational play centres (directly or indirectly managed)
Children may stay at a play centre for a maximum of 4 hours, morning or afternoon. Lunch is not provided but morning and afternoon snacks are.

How to enrol
Every year the Nursery School and Integrated Services (Servizio Asili nido e servizi integrativi) establishes an application deadline for nursery schools and play centres.

Useful link
Asili nido 0-3 anni (nursery school services)

Home based services

Home based educators: at the educator’s home (Educatori domiciliari: a casa dell'educatore)
An educational and child care service that takes place at the home of an educator and are open to groups of 5 children for a maximum duration of 36 months. To know more, contact information is available in the link. 

A babysitter hiring service is offered to families with children from 0 to 6 years old. Qualified babysitters have participated in a course sponsored by the city and are named on a list which is divided by neighbourhood.

How to enrol
  • To enrol in 'A casa dell’educatore', fill out an application form at the Servizi domiciliari del Servizio Asili nido office. There are no deadlines for the application.
  • Families can obtain the list of qualified babysitters at the Servizi domiciliari del Servizio Asili nido office for free. Interested parents can then directly contact the babysitters on the list.


Private educational services

There are currently 38 various private services in and around Florence which are authorized by the City of Florence.
For information on admission criteria, hours and rates please contact the service directly. A contact list can be found here 

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