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Each preschool is unique. Some focus on communication, reading, or writing and others focus on mathematics, nature, and environmental issues. Here you can find information about the daily operations of preschools and various practical matters such as transfers between schools and changes in care hours.
Most City preschools are open from 8 am–4:30 pm. Five preschools are open until 5 pm, one in each district. These are Hagaborg Preschool in Vesturbær, Langholt Preschool in Laugardalur, Bakkaborg Preschool in Breiðholt, Klettaborg Preschool in Grafarvogur, and Heiðarborg Preschool in Árbær. You can specifically apply for consideration of circumstances in preschool applications with opening hours until 5 pm.
Circumstances sometimes change – that's why you can apply to change the length of stay for your child. You apply for a change in the length of stay through Vala. Please note that the change will always take effect on the 1st or 15th of each month, and the notice period to give up preschool placement is one month.
There is a targeted effort to increase dialogue with parents and strengthen their involvement in preschool education. All Reykjavík City preschools have parent associations and parent councils.
Applications for transfers between city preschools are done online. Keep in mind that it's best to apply for a transfer before the end of February, as most preschool places for the fall are allocated in March.
As soon as children start at a private preschool, they are removed from the City's waiting list. If you want to remain on the City's waiting list, you must apply for a transfer.
Several of the City's preschools have nursery divisions that specialize in the education of two-year-old children. They have better conditions for caring for the youngest preschool children, such as heated floors, better changing facilities, and a designated playground. Enrollment for preschools with nursery divisions is done in the same way as for other schools, in order of age.
Children can receive special support or special education in preschools based on assessment by a specialist or diagnostic professional. The main goal of special education is to ensure equal rights for children in the preschool environment, regardless of physical and mental abilities.
Many children in the City's preschools are of foreign origin. This diversity is invaluable as the contributions of children and parents of foreign origin enrich preschool activities and provide opportunities to learn about diverse cultures and languages.
Do you need further assistance or didn't find what you were looking for? The City Service Center can help you by phone at 411 1111, via live chat, and through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.