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Recreation centre after school

For children aged 6-13

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What is a recreation centre?

Recreation centres complement schools and are open all year round. Recreation centres are intended to contribute to pupils’ growth by supporting and stimulating their development and learning, as well as to allow parents to combine parenting with gainful employment.

Municipalities are obliged to offer recreation centres to school children up to the age of 13 whose parents are in employment or studying, or if the pupil needs it due to other factors in the family’s situation.

For children aged 10 to 13, the municipality can also provide open recreational activities.

Recreation centres are a pedagogic group activity for pupils from the age of 6 until the spring term of the year they turn 13. Their task is to complement school and offer pupils meaningful leisure and recreation. The recreation centre must also be organised in such a way that it allows parents to work or study.

Recreation centres complement school in two ways:

  • In terms of time, by receiving pupils during the part of the day when they are not in school, and during holidays.
  • In terms of content, by giving pupils partly different experiences and knowledge than what they normally get at school. Together, schools and recreation centres should contribute to pupils’ all-round development and learning.

The education should encourage and make use of pupils’ appetite to learn. It should set out from the pupils’ interests and experiences and be adapted to the reality that pupils’ aptitudes vary.

Recreation centres are open all year. Daily opening times are adapted to parents’ work or studies and to pupils’ needs.

Recreation centres are often coordinated with schools. This coordination can be of staff, premises and/or pedagogic activities. 

Who goes to recreation centres?

Municipalities are obliged to offer education in recreation centres to pupils from the age of 6 until the spring term of the year they turn 13, whose parents are in employment or studying, or if the pupil needs it due to other factors in the family’s situation.

Education in a recreation centre is to be offered as soon as it emerges that a pupil needs it. A place must be offered at a recreation centre by, or as close as possible to, the school unit that the pupil attends.

Pupils who need special support in their development due to physical, mental or other reasons are to be offered education in a recreation centre.

What laws govern recreation centres?

Recreation centres are governed by the Education Act. They are also obliged to apply parts of the curriculum for comprehensive school, preschool class and recreation centres. Recreation centres at special access schools apply the curriculum for special access schools.

Fees

Municipalities are entitled to charge a reasonable fee for a place in a recreation centre. All municipalities use a maximum fee system. This means that an upper limit (“maxtaxa”) is set for how high fees can become for different types of families.