20 hours of free childcare a week to come in October
The law on multilingual education in nurseries for 1 to 4 year olds was passed on Tuesday 17 July.
All children attending a childcare centre will learn both Luxembourgish and French.
The aim is to promote Luxembourgish language in all education structures, including those where the children do not currently speak Luxembourgish.
This will apply to all public and private childcare centres which are recognised by the state.
Free childcare for 20 hours a week
Furthermore, 20 hours a week in a multilingual day-care centre for 46 weeks a year will become free as of the next school year. Families on low incomes and large families will benefit from tariff reductions for children up to 12 years old.
CSV; ADR and Déi Lénk opposed the law
The centre right CSV voted against this law. MP Françoise Hetto-Gaasch said that some studies warn against learning several languages at a young age. The CSV would prefer it if Luxembourgish was the language spoken in nurseries, as it prepares for an alphabetisation in German. However, the education minister Claude Meisch argued that he had read studies which found the contrary.