A report published on Monday by the European Commission using data compiled by Eurostat showed that Greece still has a long way to go toward hitting the target of providing preschool care to 90 percent of children aged from 3 and until they start school and to 33 percent of children younger than that.

Just 8 percent of children aged under 3 in Greece attend a creche, compared to the average among the European Union’s 27 member states of 28 percent, and 64 percent of those aged 3-6 go to preschool, compared with the EU average of 82 percent, according to the report.