The school year begins after the summer holidays between July and September. Teaching in the early years is almost exclusively in the morn- ing, normally between 8:00 and 13:00. In the higher year groups, teach- ing is also standard on certain afternoons. Primary schools in particular offer midday supervision after school has finished, as do municipal day- care centres near the school. There the children are given lunch, are su- pervised while doing their homework and have time to play.

Midday supervision and after-school care must be paid for; the cost usually depends on the number of hours. Admission in an after-school scheme during the school year is often a problem due to the limited number of places; opportunities increase if you apply in good time before the school year begins.

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