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Preschool with a nursery division
Hulduheimar Preschool was established based on a winning proposal in a competition organized by the City of Reykjavík in 1995 and officially opened in November 1997. There are 25 staff and about 77 children can stay there at the same time in four groups. The groups are called Sólskinsbær (3-4 years old), Álfhóll (infant division), Sjónarhóll (5-6 years old), and Kardemommubær (4 years old).
Preschool Director: Elín Rós Hansdóttir
Want to know more about Hulduheimar? 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 Hulduheimar are respect, joy, and friendship
At Hulduheimar, the educational approach is inspired by Reggio Emilia and the teachings of psychologist and educator Loris Malaguzzi. Malaguzzi believed that a preschool should be a dynamic, evolving environment that nurtures children's creativity. The Reggio Emilia approach is valued at Hulduheimar for its emphasis on respecting children, promoting democratic thinking, fostering creativity, and recognizing children's capabilities and potential for growth. We also follow John Dewey's philosophy of hands-on learning through experiences, interests, and activities, as well as Diane Gossen's concept of raising children with responsibility and promoting self-discipline.
What's ahead for Hulduheimar? 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.
Do you want to know more about the philosophy and daily operations of Hulduheimar? In the school curriculum, you'll find detailed information about the school's philosophical emphasis and approach to play, learning, and work.
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.
Hulduheimar Preschool falls under East Center. East Center provides a wide range of services to the residents of Árbær, Grafarholt, Grafarvogur, and Kjalarnes 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.