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Álftaborg Preschool has been providing educational services since January 1968 and is one of the oldest preschools in Reykjavík. In November 2007, the preschool moved to a new location and it has a staff of 27. At any given time, Álftaborg Preschool has around 82 children in four groups. Lækjahvammur and Merkisteinn are for the younger children, and Seljaland and Hlíðarhvammur are for the older children.
The Preschool Director is Anna Hjördís Ágústsdóttir
Want to know more about Álftaborg? In this very short video, we give a glimpse of the preschool activities. It was made by Erla Stefánsdóttir and Antonía Lárusdóttir for the Department of Education & Youth.
The values of Álftaborg are caring, joy, and respect
The philosophy of Álftaborg preschool is backed by various theories from scholars including Loris Malaguzzi, John Dewey, Howard Gardner, and Daniel Goleman. These scholars believe that preschool should provide every child with opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas, so they can take control of their own lives and be responsible for their actions. Additionally, they should show empathy, understand their surroundings, and be democratic participants through diverse interactions and decision making.
Do you want to know more about the philosophy and daily operations of Álftaborg? In Álftaborg's school curriculum, you'll find detailed information about the school's philosophical emphasis and approach to play, learning, and work.
What's ahead for Álftaborg? In Álftaborg's operational plan, you'll find, among other things, the school's internal and external evaluations for the last year, an improvement plan, the preschool calendar, and much more.
We are all in this together, and as the proverb goes it takes a village to raise a child. Reykjavík City preschools make targeted efforts to consult with and increase parent involvement in preschool activities. All Reykjavík City preschools have parent associations and parent councils.
Álftaborg Preschool falls under North Center. North Center provides a wide range of services to the residents of Laugardalur and Háaleiti and is a comprehensive information source for municipal services. The Center provides welfare services, school services to preschool and primary schools, day care and recreational counseling, and various other services.
The Act on the Integration of Services in the Interest of Children’s Prosperity has come into effect. The goal is to ensure children and guardians receive the right assistance, at the right time, from the right parties. Families and children in need of early support have guaranteed access to a contact person in the child's immediate environment, such as in preschool or primary school. The contact person offers information and guidance on services and ensures that children and guardians have unhindered access to these services. Children, youth, and guardians can contact the school contact person to request integrated services.
The contact person for Álftaborg is: Kristrún Ósk Valmundsdóttir
For more information about the legislation and services, visit the website at farsaeldbarna.is