School and Recreation

The School and Recreation Department provides comprehensive school and recreation services to children and families in the city in kindergartens, primary schools, recreation homes, community centers, school orchestras, and more institutions in all neighborhoods of the city.

About the range

All professional work in the upbringing and education of children and young people is based on the CoR's education policy; Let the dreams come true. The Reykjavik Strategy for Education 2030 is based on the core principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that a child's education should focus on cultivating his or her personality, abilities and mental and physical abilities. The purpose is to prepare children to lead a responsible life in a free society in a spirit of understanding, peace, mutual respect, human rights and friendship.

Intensive and advanced school and recreation activities help children and adolescents gain the education and experience to realize their dreams and have a positive impact on their environment and society.

The school and recreation areas fall under: 63 kindergartens, three of which are co-operated with primary schools, as well as 17 self-employed kindergartens. In total, about 6,300 children stay there. Some 400 children stay at the same time with about 125 day parents;

  • 36 primary schools plus 7 self-employed primary schools, with a total of about 15,440 pupils.
  • 37 recreational homes, five of which are co-operative with primary schools, with a total of approximately 4,300 children.
    24 community centres with 126,000 registered visits per year, including three specific community centres with approximately 200 children.

  • 4 school orchestras where around 520 pupils study instruments;
  • course categories where around 100 people study each year and benefit from academic and vocational counselling.
  • Around 2,500 students, with whom the school and recreation sector pays, in 20 music schools in the city;
    A total of about 5,510 school and recreation workers work in about 4,275 placements.

    School and recreation provides services in a diverse community

    • The children in the city are of at least 97 nationalities and speak over 70 languages.
    • About 2,700 undergraduate students receive instruction in Icelandic as a second language.
      About 8% of preschool children and 25% of students in primary schools receive support or special education. About 7% of children in recreational activities receive special support. In addition, four recreational clubs for children with disabilities are operational.
      The Reykjavik Strategy for Education 2030 is based on the core principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that a child's education should focus on cultivating his or her personality, abilities and mental and physical abilities. There is a rich sense of harmony with the Education Strategy, the primary curricula of kindergarten and primary education and the current policies of the School and Recreation Department and the CoR.

      The education policy was developed in partnership with thousands of city residents; with the involvement of children in kindergartens, primary schools and recreational activities, parents, school and recreational staff, elected representatives, domestic and foreign counselors and the general public. Education

    The Education

  • Strategy website The Office of
    School and Recreation The Office of School and Recreation is located in Cape Town, City of Tunis 12-14.

    It maintains the strategic planning, development and professional management of the wide range of services and projects being carried out in the field, as well as the administration of meetings of the school and recreation councils. The Office has school and recreation offices in four city parts, the Education Innovation Centre, the Centre for Language and

    Lock, the Centre for Outreach and Outreach, and more child and youth formal and non-formal education sub-agencies.


    and recreation services in all parts

    of the

    city Education and the recently adopted CoR welfare policy provide a basis for a new approach in the service of the city's inhabitants. A new law on the integration of services in the interest of the well-being of children requires new ways of working in their relations that provide services to children and families. The introduction of the Better City for Children project in all parts of the city is part of a change in practice that focuses on strengthening school and recreation and welfare partnerships with a view to coordinating and improving services to users, children, youth and their families. It also aims to improve management and increase support for school and recreation managers and units in parts of the city with professional directors of kindergartens and primary schools and human resources and financial advisors.

    Statistics and further information

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    Contact us

    for questions by email at Site Manager


    Manager is Helgi Grímsson.

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