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Childcare options in Bulgaria

There’s no shortage of childcare options in Bulgaria. Within just a few paragraphs, we’d like
to highlight several popular choices, and the factors you’d need to consider when settling on
the ideal choice for you and your little ones.

Full-Time Nurseries/Daycares and Kindergartens
Pre-elementary education in Bulgaria can be broken down into nurseries (‘yasli’) for children
up to three years of age, and kindergartens (‘detski gradini’) for those between the ages of
three and seven. These institutions can be either public or private – if your family is new to
Bulgaria, you’d perhaps be better-served by the private option, as they’re the ones who can
offer an education in either English or German. Tuition is to be paid in full by the parents,
and depending on the city, and of course on the services provided, can range from 700 to
1000 BGN on a monthly basis. Nurseries and kindergartens offer both full-, and half-day
care.

Pre-School Playgroups
Unlike nurseries, these groups are less-formally structured, and operate for only a few hours
each weekday, offering no full-time care. These tend to be run by individuals, rather than by
the state, and the staff speaks predominantly Bulgarian and English.

Nanny/Babysitter
In most of the country’s larger cities (Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, etc.,) you should have no
trouble finding either a live-in or visiting nanny, to care for your children in the privacy and
comfort of your own home, using one of the several agencies available. Outside of these
major cities, your best option would be posting an offer to a jobs board, or websites like
OLX.bg.

Au pairs
An au pair, in general, might refer to a non-Bulgarian, student-aged live-in nanny, spending
some time in the country to improve her language skills. You would need to provide your au
pair with room and board, as well as with a modest spending allowance (to the tune of 150
BGN/week). Again, there are a number of agencies which will readily help you screen and
select the right candidate for your family.

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