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Preschool with a nursery division
Suðurborg Preschool officially opened in 1979. It currently operates in two buildings, one of which has one division and the other has 6 divisions as well as shared spaces. The divisions are called Brekkukot, Lækjarkot, Hólakot, Krílakot, Dvergakot, and Álfakot. Suðurborg has 40 employees and 106 children stay there at the same time.
Preschool Director: Berglind Hallgrímsdóttir
Want to know more about Suðurborg? 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 motto of Suðurborg is responsibility, care, and safety
The aim of the preschool is to help each child become independent and get ready for the future in a safe way. We focus on two theories that are different but both important for playing and working with children. John Dewey's philosophy stresses that free play is a key part of a child's education and growth. PBS (Positive Behavioral Supports) is a philosophy that uses a positive discipline approach. It includes teaching, keeping and rewarding good behavior. Suðurborg also specializes in behavioral training for autistic children and is a counseling school. The preschool participates in the project 'Reading in Play - preschool literacy policy' and European cooperation on special education.
Suðurborg Preschool falls under South Center. South Center provides a wide range of services to the residents of Breiðholt 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.
The Act on the Integration of Services in the Interest of Children’s Prosperity has come into effect. The goal is to ensure children and guardians receive the right assistance, at the right time, from the right parties. Families and children in need of early support have guaranteed access to a contact person in the child's immediate environment, such as in preschool or primary school. The contact person offers information and guidance on services and ensures that children and guardians have unhindered access to these services. Children, youth, and guardians can contact the school contact person to request integrated services.
For more information about the legislation and services, visit the website at farsaeldbarna.is
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.