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Rauðaborg Preschool is located in Seláshverfi by Viðarás. It opened in February 1994 and has around 20 employees. There are good conditions for outdoor activities and hiking in the neighborhood, including areas such as Rauðavatnsskógur and Elliðaárdalur. The school has 58 children in three groups. The groups are called Lauf, Lyng, and Hreiður.
Preschool Director: Unnur Hermannsdóttir
Assistant Principal Íris Ósk Valmundsdóttir
Want to know more about Rauðaborg? 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 Rauðaborg are joy, respect, and self-empowerment
The preschool is designed based on the American model of an open school and open play space, and it is the first of its kind in Iceland. The children are not limited to a specific area, but they can choose any play area within the building and change it during playtime. Rauðaborg's uniqueness lies in the fact that the entire building is a shared workspace, where children and adults work together in play and activities. Rauðaborg follows the High Scope plan developed by Mary Hohmann, Bernard Banet, and David P. Weikart. The philosophy behind this is that the child develops by actively participating in their own interests, needs, and understandings, and making choices based on their own preferences.
The curriculum for Rauðaborg is being prepared
Do you want to know more about the philosophy and daily operations of Rauðaborg? In Rauðaborg'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 Rauðaborg? 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.
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.
Rauðaborg 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.