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Hof Preschool is on Gullteigur in Reykjavík. It opened in June 1996 and originally had four groups, but is now a six-group preschool with 115 children staying throughout the day. The groups are named Guladeild, Rauðadeild, Grænadeild, Bláadeild, Hvítadeild, and Svartadeild (Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, White, and Black). Laugardalur, along with Ásmundarsafn, is within walking distance of the preschool, as well as many popular playgrounds that are frequently visited by children and staff. There are ideal opportunities for outdoor teaching, which is a significant part of the preschool's work
Preschool Director: Særún Ármannsdóttir
Assistant Principal: Stella Marteinsdóttir.
Want to know more about Hof? In this very short video, we give a glimpse of the preschool activities. It was made by Erla Stefánsdóttir and Antonía Lárusdóttir for the the Department of Education & Youth.
The values of Hof are respect, joy, and creativity
At Hof Preschool, positive and constructive communication and friendship form the foundation of the preschool's work and we believe that the school curriculum is created through interaction between children and adults. These principles are inspired by American school theorist John Dewey (1859-1952) and play a significant role in Hof's educational strategy. Play is the guiding principle at Hof because free play is the most important learning and development path for children and their most natural form of expression.
Do you want to know more about the philosophy and daily operations of Hof? In Hof'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 Hof? 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 Hof have teacher workdays? 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.
Hof 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.
A new group has been added to the preschool and there are plans to build an extension to the preschool that will allow for 50 additional children to attend. The new extension should be ready in 2025. The construction is a part of the Bridging the Gap development initiative, which aims to bridge the gap between parental leave and preschool.