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Infant Care Centers Underway Despite Lack of Staff

Reykjavík City Kindergarten Council is preparing to establish care centers for children ages 0 to 3 at one kindergarten in each neighborhood in the city and will present its plans this fall. There are currently 150 vacant positions at Reykjavík’s kindergartens.

The infant care centers would provide parents with an alternative to leaving their children with baby-minders before they are old enough for kindergartens. At least 850 slots would be created at kindergartens in the city, Morgunbladid reports.

But 250 children, 18 months and older, are currently waiting for kindergarten slots and cannot be accepted because 150 positions remain vacant. “We have the facilities but we lack staff,” said Ragnhildur Erla Bjarnadóttir, director of the educational department at Reykjavík City.

When asked how this problem can be solved, head of the Kindergarten Council Thorbjörg Helga Vigfúsdóttir said, “There are no magical solutions.”

Due to the lack of staff, foreign-born employees have increasingly been hired to work in kindergartens in Reykjavík. Kindergarten workers are required to be able to communicate with the children in Icelandic.

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