Creches - Children entered in crеches, Children in crеches at the end of the year, Crеches and Places in crеches
Contact organisation

National Statistical Institute

Contact organisation unit

"Health and Justice Statistics" Department

Contact name

Larisa Petkova

Contact person function

Chief Expert

Contact mail address

2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact email address

[email protected]

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 409

Contact fax number
Metadata update
Metadata last certified10 May 2019
Metadata last posted10 May 2019
Metadata last update10 May 2019
Statistical presentation
Data description

Data on number of establishments and places in crеches, personnel, and number of children as well as their distribution by age are collected. Creches are set up to support families in raising children up to the age of three years and to ensure their normal physical and mental development. Groups for children could be opened at daily and weekly kindergartens as the organization of work there does not differ from the work of detached creches.

Classification system

· Classification of Territorial Units for Statistical Purposes in Bulgaria (NUTS);

· Unified Classification of Administrative-Territorial and Territorial Units (UCATTU).

Sector coverage

All crеches and groups in kindergartens are covered.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Crеches are organizationally separate structures, in which medical and other specialists raise, educate and train children aged from three months to three years. The coverage of children grown in crеches is expressed by ratio of the number of children aged up to 3 years attending separate crеches and nursery groups at kindergartens per 100 of children of the same age group of the total population.

Statistical unit

A crеche or nursery group at kindergarten.

Statistical population

All crеches and nursery groups at kindergartens in Bulgaria are covered.

Reference area

For the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. Аt statistical processing data about crеches are distributed regionally according to administrative territorial division of the country (municipalities, districts, statistical regions).

Time coverage


Base period

Not applicable

Unit of measure


Reference period


Institutional mandate
Legal acts and other agreements

· Law on Statistics;

· Law on Health;

· Ordinance № 1/27.02.2013 of the Minister of Health for the provision of medico-statistical information and information on health establishments medical activities;

· Ordinance № 26 of 18.10.2008 on the structure and activity of the crеches.

Data sharing

Not applicable.

Confidentiality - policy

· Law on Statistics;

· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

Confidentiality - data treatment

Individual data is not published in conformity with Art. 25 of the Law on Statistics. The publishing of individual data can be performed only in accordance with Art. 26 of the same law.

Release policy
Release calendar

The date for publication of statistical information is listed in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.

Release calendar access

The calendar is available on the NSI website:

User access

Data on crеches is published on the NSI website, section Health in accordance with the Law on Statistics and the European Statistics Code of Practice respecting the professional independence and aiming at objectivity, transparency and equal treatment of all consumers.

Frequency of dissemination


Accessibility and clarity
News release

Annual press release.


· Health Services;

· Statistical Yearbook;

· Statistical Reference Book;

· Regions, districts and municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria;

· "Bulgaria" (brochure).

On-line database

Data on Creches are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Health - Creches:

Micro-data access

Not applicable.


Information service upon request, according to the Rules for the dissemination of statistical products and services in NSI.

Documentation on methodology

Methodological notes:

Quality documentation

Not available.

Quality management
Quality assurance

Not applicable.

Quality assessment

Not applicable.

User needs

Via the annually completed questionnaires survey data are provided to UNICEF and other international organizations.

At national and regional level the main users of the data are the National Assembly, the authorities of the central executive and local power, the State Agency for Child Protection. Annually data are also provided to the Ministry of Health and its territorial divisions - Regional health inspectorates and the National Center for Public Health and Analyses, as they are responsible for policy making in health at national and regional level.

Upon requests for specific data, the data is available to research institutes, universities, NGOs and others.

User satisfaction

Not applicable.


Exhaustive survey.

Accuracy and reliability
Overall accuracy

Not applicable.

Sampling error

Not applicable.

Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

Timeliness and punctuality

T+5 months.


Data are disseminated according to the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.

Coherence and comparability
Comparability - geographical

Data are comparable.

Comparability - over time

The data are comparable beginning year 2001.

Coherence - cross domain

Not applicable.

Coherence - internal

Not applicable.

Cost and burden

Not applicable.

Data revision
Data revision - policy

Not applicable.

Data revision - practice

Not applicable.

Statistical processing
Source data

Data source is a reporting form provided by crеches.

Frequency of data collection


Data collection

Reporting forms are submitted by Regional health inspections which are Bodies of Statistics.

Data validation

Not applicable.

Data compilation

Data processing is centralized at national level.


Not applicable.

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