Pre-school enrolment, which has never been high in Georgia, has declined over recent years, to less than one-third of its 1989 level.
Of three- to six-year old children, 55 per cent attend kindergarten. Significantly more children attend kindergarten in urban areas, as compared to rural areas (67% vs. 43%). There are no existing national standards for teaching and recreation in kindergartens. Kindergarten teachers need to be educated on inclusive education and children’s rights in order to ensure that the rights of all children are upheld.
According to a recently conducted UNICEF study, families in Georgia lack information about early child care and development. The study revealed that rates of playing with the child, interacting with the child and early stimulation are very low. Families do not have resources such as children’s books, educational toys or drawing materials. Corporal punishment in families seems to be common and frequent. Consequently, child injury rates in the home are also high.