After-School Centers

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Every primary school has an after-school center with a variety of recreational activities for children ages 6 through 9. Children can stay in the after-school center from the end of the school day until 5 pm. In summer, the after-school centers are open all day. A fee is charged for a stay in an after-school center and siblings get a discount.

The after-school centers’ fall enrolment begins in the preceding spring.

After-School Center Opening Hours

After-school centers are open from 1:40 pm - 5 pm.

The after-school centers are open from 8 am when there are parent-teacher interviews, on professional development days, and during Christmas and Easter break, unless otherwise stated. After-school centers are closed for the primary schools’ winter breaks, but the local recreation center will usually offer scheduled activities for the whole family.

Please note that you will need to apply separately for the child to attend from 8 am to 1:40 pm. Separate payment is not required to attend from 1:40 pm - 5 pm.

Sibling Discount

If two or more siblings attend an after-school center, a youth center for children with disabilities, or a city-run preschool, the older siblings receive a 100% sibling discount on their stay.

How to apply for the services?

The Department of Education and Youth sends a letter to upcoming first graders in February/March with information about the application process. Parents of children in grades 2-4 can apply for their children through Vala Leisure.

The application is valid for one school year at a time (August-June). If you wish to cancel the program, or request changes, you must do so by the 15th of each month and the cancellation will take effect by the next month.

Children's free time and social skills in after-school centers

After-school centers offer a range of leisure activities to 6 to 9 year old children after the end of their school day. They have exciting activities that give children an outlet for play and creativity. The after-school center guiding principle is that each person can enjoy and thrive in an environment characterized by friendliness, security, and respect.

The emphasis is on developing social skills in communication through work and play, as well as respect for oneself, others and one's surroundings. After-school centers seek to operate democratically, empower the children's ability to formulate independent opinions, and influence their surroundings and circumstances.


Á frístundaheimilum borgarinnar er unnið fjölbreytt starf allan ársins hring í íslensku málumhverfi. Lögð er áhersla á eflingu máls og læsis í gegnum leik og starf og þar kemur heimasíða, verkfærakista og handbók Frístundalæsis að góðum notum.

Do you want to work at an after-school center?

​​​​​​Do you want to be a part of a fun and cohesive team at one of Reykjavik's many after-school centers? Do you want to take advantage of your hobbies when working with children and helping them practice social interaction? Flexible, fun-filled jobs in the City's after-school centers await you.