National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
"Health and Justice Statistics" Department
|Contact person function|
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 409
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||04 May 2022|
|Metadata last posted||04 May 2022|
|Metadata last update||04 May 2022|
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 of Territorial Units for Statistical Purposes in Bulgaria (NUTS);
· Unified Classification of Administrative-Territorial and Territorial Units (UCATTU).
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.
A crеche or nursery group at kindergarten.
All crеches and nursery groups at kindergartens in Bulgaria are covered.
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).
|Unit of measure|
|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.
|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.
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: https://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480
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|
Annual press release.
· Health Services;
· Statistical Yearbook;
· Regions, districts and municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria;
· "Bulgaria" (brochure).
Data on Creches are available to all users of the
Information service upon request, according to the Rules for the dissemination of statistical products and services in NSI.
|Documentation on methodology|
Methodological notes: https://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/Zdr_5_Methodology_EN.pdf
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.
|Accuracy and reliability|
|Timeliness and punctuality|
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|
|Coherence - internal|
|Cost and burden|
|Data revision - policy|
|Data revision - practice|
Data source is a reporting form provided by crеches.
|Frequency of data collection|
The process of collection of reporting forms is carried out by the National Statistical Institute and Regional Health Inspections online or through a paper documents. Data entry is carried out online by the respondents or by the RHIs (for the paper documents).
Since 2021, data on places in crèches in kindergartens and children in them have been validated with an administrative data source - the National Electronic System for Preschool and School Education (OISPUO).
Data processing is centralized at national level. Data entry is carried out online by the respondents or by the RHIs (for the paper documents).
Download in SDMX 2.1 file format: Creches - Children entered in crеches, Children in crеches at the end of the year, Crеches and Places in crеches
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.1: ESMS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.1.xml
Download in SDMX 2.0 file format: Creches - Children entered in crеches, Children in crеches at the end of the year, Crеches and Places in crеches
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.0: ESMS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.0.xml