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Can I tag religious kindergartens with religion=* and denomination=* like churches? --ALE! 21:49, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Certainly --Fluteflute 09:33, 18 August 2010 (BST)

Difference between kindergarten and nursery

In Germany, we have had kindergartens for the 3 to 6 year old for quite a while. (I myself have been to two of them in the early sixties, they were ok.)

Nowadays, we also have nurseries (or crèches?) for the even younger. They are quite different in organisation and, of course, in the age group: they take in the pre-kindergarten lot from parents who have to work. I have tagged one of them with amenity=nursery to differentiate. Any objections?

Gpermant 12:08, 20 November 2011 (UTC)

Why a preschool is not a kindergarten

Again, I feel like I'm fighting against some sort of retribution against Americentrism, because OSM is so Euro/Britocentric that it is hostile to American conventions. Unfortunately that results in OSM being a poor fit for US mapping.

So, without further ado, from a US perspective, why a "preschool" and a "kindergarten" are not the same thing:

Preschool Kindergarten
Private business Part of a school (which may be public or private)
Separate, dedicated operation Part of a larger school
Indistinct curricula (or none at all) Part of schooling (though optional)
Staff are not trained Staff are trained teachers
Accepts children from infant to teenager Accepts children 4-6yo
Concurrent after-school service for school-age children Not concurrent with other school grades
Usually for-profit, those in need require third-party aid Offered free as part of public schooling (generally; sometimes limited)
Voluntary Voluntary, but strongly recommended
Primary goal is to provide a safe place for children while parents are working Primary goal is to prepare children for elementary school

Feel free to add to the list, and perhaps the proposed feature can be resurrected. IMO there is a Great Need.

- KTyler 06:18, 18 May 2012 (BST)

I second this, today I was looking for a tag for a local preschool. The list above also highlights the canadian way of thought. Tagging a preschool as a kindergarten isn't appropriate! ~ Ingallsn (September 2012)
If you think that preschool is enough different from kindergarten, then write a proposal in the wiki, explain the differences (mainly as you did here) and that's it. Use the tag. You even don't have to submit a proposal if it is enough obvious for you. From what I read in your post is that a specific tag is justified -- Pieren (talk) 16:39, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Review and clarification

Can we tighten-up the situations in which this tag should be used? My understanding is that it relates to early-years format education. Should child-care facilities, where no formal education is provided, no be tagged separately. PeterIto (talk) 15:02, 7 September 2013 (UTC)