SVT Barn, then known as Barnkanalen, started broadcasting on 23 December 2002. During its first year it was only available from 6. 30 a. m. to 6. 00 p. m. on weekdays. The channel also took a "summer vacation" between 23 May and 18 August. The rest of the time could be used for other programming, some weekends one could see tennis in the schedule.