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Parents are pleased with the after-school centers

24. Aug 2021

The goal is that each and every child grows and develops in an environment characterized by warmth, security and respect.

The after-school centers are for children in 1st - 4th grade and are located at all primary schools in Hafnarfjörður. The after-school centers are open after school until 17 every working day and offer a variety of leisure activities based on group work, workshops, selection of different activities and outdoor activities. Every year, the parents and guardians of the children who use the service answer a survey about the centers. This spring, a survey was sent to the parents of 890 children and the response rate was 88.52%. The results of the survey are positive and promising also a compliment and encouragement to the staff and managers of the after-school centers to do even better.

93% of respondents consider their child to be very happy or rather happy in their after- school center

93% of respondents consider their child to be very happy or rather happy in their after-school center, which is an increase of 10% between years. The satisfaction of parents and guardians who are very happy also increases from 39% by 2020 to 47% in 2021. The results show that parents consider the distribution of information from the centers good and that access to management staff is very good. Communication with staff is rated very good or rather good or 89.32%. These good results suggest and promote the feeling that the professional contribution, flexibility and ambition of the staff of the centers in the time of Covid19 has paid off all the way to parents and guardians, despite the parents' reduced access to the after-school centers. The year was unusual, not least because the work, in the autumn of 2020, began with restrictions and parents were not allowed to enter the schools and after-school centers. Many parents of children in 1st grade did not get the opportunity to visit the centers or meet the staff until late into the school year. Parents are generally very satisfied or rather satisfied with the program of the after-school centers or 85% and satisfaction with the facilities of the centers is increasing.

The main results of the survey are as follows:

  • 93% of parents believe that their children get enough opportunities for outdoor activities
  • 50% of parents feel that assistance with homework should be available
  • 64% of parents believe that their children have the opportunity to go to a quiet environment
  • 78% of parents agree that matters are handled professionally (about 20% are neutral)
  • 79% of parents agree that a wide range of activities are available 
  • 68% of parents are satisfied with the current fee
  • 93% of parents say that their child is happy at the after-school center
  • Dissatisfaction goes from 6% to 2%
  • 67% of children in after-school centers use the after-school shuttle services
  • 94% are very satisfied or rather satisfied with the after-school shuttle services

 Registration for after-school centers during the school year 2021-2022 

The after-school centers in Hafnarfjörður are intended for children in the 1st to 4th grade and are operated in all primary schools in Hafnarfjörður. The role of after-school centres is to offer diverse leisure activities for students after the traditional school day. The work is based on choice, group work, workshops and outdoor activities. The aim of the after-school centres is that each child can flourish and develop in an environment characterised by warmth, security and respect. Registration is done electronically.

Applications are valid for one school year at a time (August-June). When registering, it is important to ensure that all information is correct and that special needs are noticed. When a child receives a notification of a stay at an after-school centre, the parent will get an e-mail to the address stated. The parent will have to reply and accept invite within three days.