Ludotecas or Espai Infantils are children’s play centres that either provide a crèche facility for your kids or a family space for you to enjoy with your children.
BARCELONA PUBLIC NURSERIES
Barcelona public nurseries or Guarderias are known as Escoles Bressol and offer a pre-school full-time learning environment to children ages 4 months to 3 years. Attendance must be for a minimum of 5 hours per day with limited entry and exit times. This is to ensure that places are taken by children whose parents need the advantages that state subsidized care offers. Hours are from 8am to 5pm and children may be taken home for lunch somewhere between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Or : www.gencat.cat.
This page lists the dates of enrollment. For public schools it is always in February.
BARCELONA PRIVATE & INTERNATINAL NURSERIES
Many private nurseries in Barcelona now use English along with Catalan and Spanish actively throughout the day. Often a particular educator will only communicate in one of these languages in order to differentiate with the children. English language nurseries function with English as the main language. It is very usual for some Catalan and Spanish to be spoken too.
It is also suggested parents look their neighborhood, make appointments at the various local schools they find and try to get a feel for them. The international schools are very pricey, but even the local schools cost quite some money. As a point of reference, one couple pays 400 Euros at a Centre Concertat which covers class from 9-1, lunch, and sleep time from 1.30 to 3.
BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
And also see the Welcome guide of IESE.
MUSEUMS AND CULTURE FOR KIDS
ADVENTURE, THEME PARKS AND ANIMAL PARKS
BIBLIOTEQUES DE BARCELONA FOR KIDS:
HEALTH SYSTEM IN SPAIN
Spain’s National Healthcare is regarded as one of the better services in Europe. It provides free or low-cost medical care to those contributing to the system and their dependents. Standards may vary throughout the country but in Barcelona you can have access to some of the top centres and professionals in the system. The Catalan Health Service, CatSalut, offers free and subsidised treatments to those with a health card. Dental care in Spain is private although some preventative treatments for children in Catalunya are free. A new plan, to be implemented by the end of 2008, will provide free non-cosmetic dental treatment to all children nationwide aged 7-8 yrs. The coverage will eventually extend to all children beween 7 and 15 yrs by 2012.
It is important to remember that, as family, you are generally expected to aid in the care of patients in hospitals: whether it be a sick child, post-natal assistance to a new mother or general convalescence. It can come as a surprise to see the number of family members that are in attendance to a loved one during all types of serious and non-serious medical situations. Hospital nurses may take it for granted that family will be around to give additional support to patients and in the case of a hospitalised child, an adult family member is expected to be present at all times.
If you are visiting for a short period as a EU citizen then you will need your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which replaced the E111 form in 2004. The EHIC entitles you to free or sometimes reduced cost medical treatment and medical prescriptions throughout the EU member countries and is valid from between 3-5 years. The EHIC will also cover you for routine maternity care whilst you are in Spain. As a temporary visitor, it is still safer to seek additional cover through private travel insurance in case of exceptional situations.
For additional information visit: (www.kidsinbarcelona.com) in the LIVING HERE section.