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Preschool with a nursery division
Hagaborg has a rich history. The house was originally built by the child welfare society Barnavinafélagið Sumargjöf in 1960 as a daycare center but has served various purposes since then. In 1997, the City of Reykjavík bought the building from Sumargjöf and after major renovations in 1999-2000, the preschool opened in the entire building. The outdoor area at the preschool is large and offers space for many activities and games. The location of Hagaborg is ideal for outdoor activities, with the shoreline at Ægisíða almost in its backyard. Currently, Hagaborg is a five-group preschool with an average of 97 children. The groups are called Álfaland, Krílaland, Putaland, Fiskaland, and Fuglaland, and the preschool usually has a staff of 38.
The Preschool Director is Erna Guðlaugsdóttir
Want to know more about Hagaborg? 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 Hagaborg are friendship, respect, and courage
Hagaborg follows the philosophy of John Dewey, who believed in children's discovery learning and the importance of creative thinking. Dewey's three ideas guide the preschool's approach: children learn through doing, education should spark children's interest in seeking knowledge, and democracy stems from individuals' attitudes towards cooperation in daily life. Physical activity and literacy are also key focuses in Hagaborg's work. The preschool uses "Play to Learn" methods, where all instruction is designed around children's needs for play, exercise, and to experience the learning material through different senses.
Do you want to know more about the philosophy and daily operations of Hagaborg? In the school curriculum, you'll find detailed information about the school's philosophical emphasis and approach to play, learning, and work.
What's ahead for Hagaborg? In the 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.
When does Hagaborg have professional development days? In the preschool calendar, you'll find information about days off and various other details.
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.
Hagaborg Preschool falls under West Center. West Center provides a wide range of services to the residents of Vesturbær, Miðborg, and Hlíðar 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.
A new group that can accommodate 30 children was opened in late 2022. The construction was a part of the Bridging the Gap development initiative, which aims to bridge the gap between parental leave and preschool.