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Vesturborg is a three-group preschool for 76 children. The groups are named after the buildings in Astrid Lindgren's Noisy Village (Ólátagarður): Norðurbær, Miðbær, and Suðurbær. The preschool has a large plot of land with lawns, a vegetable garden, trees, and other vegetation. There are a number of activities and organizations near Vesturborg that become a part of the preschool activities. These include Vesturbæjarlaug Swimming Pool, KR sports activities, Neskirkja, and the coastline at Ægisíða which is an ideal location for preschool children's expeditions.
Preschool Director: Íris Edda Arnardóttir
Want to know more about Vesturborg? 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 Vesturborg are friendship and respect
Vesturborg is run according to the ideology of John Dewey, who believed that daily life and learning should merge into one. According to him, children child should learn from either doing or based on their own activity and interest. Dewey believed that children learn from experience, not instruction. That's why we do our best to let the children enjoy themselves in play. We also place great emphasis on cultural and social literacy and working with the local environment, as well as cultivating the children's expressive and creative potential in order to strengthen their identity, security, and ability to resolve their issues peacefully.
What's ahead for Vesturborg? 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 Vesturborg? 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.
Vesturborg Preschool falls under West Center. West Center provides a wide range of services to the residents of Vesturbær, Miðborg, and Hlíðar 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.