Here you can find the latest information and resources for parents
from the kindergarten.
Welcome to the 2020/2021 kindergarten year.
We are pleased to see each of the new and returning children and their parents this week.
As you most likely recognize from recent news, instances of Covid-19 have returned in Trondheim. Though the threat level remains at yellow, the kindergarten needs to take this unfortunate development seriously and we will implement changes in our routines effective immediately. Our concern is that we have too many people together in close quarters and we are taking measures to limit the potential spread of the virus within the kindergarten.
Therefore, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, 5 August, parents of returning children will no longer be allowed into to the kindergarten/ school building; they should call their child’s group telephone when they arrive to deliver and pick-up their child. The kindergarten will continue to open each day at 7.30 a.m. and close at 4.30 p.m.
Gran Group: 485 15 076
Furu Group: 485 18 071
Bjørk Group: 485 15 081
Eik Group: 401 46 889
During the start-up period for new children, parents will be allowed into the building during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. We ask that parents limit themselves to their child’s group room, his or her cubby and the restrooms.
Separately, for the remainder of this week, we ask that parents provide sufficient healthy food for their child for both of the daily meal times their child will be present for each day -- at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. From Monday, 10 August, the kindergarten will prepare one of meals each day, so food for only one meal each day will be necessary. Please remember no nuts and no sweets. It is important that you child has a water bottle with them each day as well.
(04 august 2020)
For Week 22, the kindergarten will begin to provide food again to the children once per day, with parents providing the other meal.
The meal from home will be eaten outdoors, though whether it’s the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. meal depends on whether the children are out on a trip in the morning or the afternoon. The meals provided by the kindergarten will be bread with each child’s choice of toppings, as well as cut fruit and vegetables.
As suggested, we will continue to spend time outdoors at local parks: Marinen, Finalebanen, Ila and Øya most frequently. Do please be sure your child arrives with a full a water bottle each day as well for the trips. Generally, the bottles are not checked before trips.
Next week, the children will again be in their normal groups and rooms, i.e., Gran, Furu, Eik and Bjørk, and the kindergarten hours will continue from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. drop-off and the children will be outside for pick-up from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., the kindergarten’s closing time. We ask that parents arrive with their children during the delivery time so groups can go on their trips as promptly as possible in the morning.
Essentially all children have returned to the kindergarten as of Week 21 and we are very pleased that we have in so many ways been able to return to more normal days: children in their groups, near normal opening hours. Unfortunately, we do not see on the horizon the parent’s return to the kindergarten’s second floor in the building.
We wish you all a good holiday on Thursday and for those take an extended weekend, we wish you all the best.
Stay safe and we will see you back here again on Monday.
(22 May 2020)
Welcome to Week 21.
For the new week, we will extend opening hours by 30 minutes, wherein we open to all children from 8.30 instead of 9 a.m. (and continued 7.30 opening to children with parents in critical functions). It is equally important to note that children be delivered to the kindergarten before 9:30 a.m. to ensure safe social distancing, as the school will use the playground from 9:30. Thus the schedule below indicates drop-off time closes at 9:30.
7:30 – Kindergarten opens to children of parents in socially critical functions
8:30 – Kindergarten opens to all children
9:30 – Kindergarten delivery time closes for the day
3:00 – Kindergarten pick-up time begins (earlier pick-up via arrangement with child’s group)
4:00 – Kindergarten closes (open to 4:30 for children of parents in socially critical functions)
For the new week, we will also return to regular groups (Gran, Furu, Bjørk, Eik) with kohorts within each group as indicated below. Gran will have nine children, Furu will have two groups of seven children, Bjørk will have one group of nine children and Eik will have one group of 10 children.
We wish to also let parents know that Adine, the kindergarten’s special needs teacher, is leaving as of tomorrow, 14 April. She decided several months ago to relocate to Oslo, where she has found a new home and position. Adine has enjoyed working with her colleagues and the children at Birralee International Kindergarten and extends her best wishes to all in the future.
As a reminder, the kindergarten will be closed on Thursday, 21 April for Ascension Day. We will be open on Friday, but ask that parents let us know as early as possible if they will not bring their child to kindergarten that day.
For next week, please continue to provide a water bottle and enough food for two meals, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as proper outdoors clothes for the weather each day. We will continue to spend considerable time outdoors next week, so their clothes are an important consideration. For the most part, the children have continued to have proper clothing despite the unusual and challenging weather this spring. Much appreciation.
If your child has not already been registered to return to kindergarten in Week 21 or before, please notify me before Wednesday, 20 April, if he or she will return in Week 22.
Please continue to practice safe social distancing at drop-off and pick-up times, so that the children remain separate from others not in their group and we will continue to do our best indoors to hold Covid-19 at bay at Birralee.
Have a great day and stay safe.
(14 May 2020)
Here we have listed resources to assist children and their parents while the kindergarten is closed. If you have ideas you would like to share, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips on activities provided by Trondheim Kommune
Suggestion from Anniken Sølo/Gran and Mari Raunsgard/Eik
In the kindergarten we use what is called a visual schedule everyday. We usually use it during our circle time before lunch, and then we talk about what we have done so far today and what is next and throughout the rest of the day.
The schedule is only pictures, but the children know them so well that when I point at the pictures they all say out loud what they mean. The pictures are put in the order of what the day’s schedule is going to be like.
If you want to try a visual schedule at home to make som routines like we do in the kindergarten, I recommend that you look at these with your child, ask them what the symbols means and draw or print and make one that is suitable for your family at home.
Videoclips from Syngendebarnehage:
Additional suggestions from Anniken Sølo/Gran and Mari Raunsgard/Eik
Her kan dere lese en artikkel om hvordan dere kan synge med barna hjemme i denne tiden og ellers.
Kanskje kan barna til og med lære dere noen sanger, og dette er veldig fint for barns språkstimulering og språkutvikling.
Yoga for kids
We have done these in the kindergarten.
Our monthly theme in March was fairy tales and stories, so here are some of the fairy tales you can look at or listen to.
Vi har også hatt eventyr som tema i Mars, så her er noen videos med ulike eventyr: -pannekaka -de tre bukkene bruse -gullhår og de tre små bjørnene
I also want to recommend the movie / Vil også anbefale Hakkebakkeskogen:
In the kindergarten we use different games, and the kids are into different types depending on their skills and interests. A pedagogical purpose with games is to practice taking turns.
I barnehagen bruker vi ulike spill som barn viser stor interesse for. En god pedagogisk hensikt med å bruke slike spill med barna er å øve på turtaking.
Turtaking er en viktig del av barns utvikling av sosiale ferdigheter på samme måte som å hevde sin rett også er en viktig del. Noen barn må jobbe med å vente på turen sin, mens andre barn må jobbe med å si ifra feks hvis noen hopper over turen deres.
Begge deler er like viktige, både som personlige egenskaper og for å kunne være en god venn feks.
Attached is the schedule of the kohorts for Week 19 and the telephone numbers you can use to reach a staff member from your child’s group.
From Monday, regular kindergarten hours will remain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parents wishing to collect their child early can make arrangements in advance within their kohort when they bring their child to kindergarten and call when they arrive.
In order to fulfill the health and safety guidelines to which we are all working to adhere to and avoid spread of COVID-19 in the kindergarten, please do not bring your child into the kindergarten before 9 a.m. or allow your child to play with children not in their kohort while they wait for a staff member to bring them inside.
If a child or staff member does become infected, we strive for measures that will limit the disease to one kohort and limit the number of people who will need quarantine.
Please remember to provide sufficient food for two meals each day (at approx. 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and a water bottle.
Lastly, please remember that if your child has not already returned to the kindergarten in Week 19 or before, the deadline is Wednesday to notify me of plans to return in Week 20. Notifications received
later than Wednesday will not be honored in consideration of staffing and kohort scheduling each week.
Thank you all for your cooperation.
During this dynamic and uncertain time, we would like to clarify some important points about Birralee International Kindergarten procedures concerning drop-off and pick-up, attendance registration and opening hours.
Drop-off and Pick-up: Birralee International Kindergarten children can be dropped off only via the main gate (closest to Prinsensgate) between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and picked up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. also via the main gate. Staff members will be outside in the morning hour to bring children inside and again in the afternoon to coordinate bringing children outside for pick-up, if they are not already outside.
The other entrances to the playground are reserved for use by the school. Parents are not allowed inside the kindergarten/school building.
Attendance Registration - Week 19 and beyond: To enable us to effectively plan kohorts and staffing for each week, parents must notify the kindergarten leader (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday of the week proceeding your child’s return week.
Notifications received on Thursday, Friday or over the weekend will be deemed late and not honored. Parents of children who have already returned during or following the COVID-19 closure need not notify the leader each week that their child will return.
Kindergarten Opening Hours: The kindergarten is only open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless one parent is employed in an industry recognized as critical. For these families only, the kindergarten is available from 7.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and the children are included in Kohort 5.
Children with siblings in the school or whose parents would otherwise be convenienced by extended hours are limited to the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. kindergarten hours.
Due to health and safety guidelines issued by the State and adopted by the kindergarten, as well as even fairness to all families, we cannot allow exceptions from these policies. Please accept our decisions and our apologies for the inconveniences that they may cause.
(Monday, 27 April 2020)
Information for week 18.
· All the groups will be outside alot, so make sure you have enough clothes and the right clothes for the weather each day.
· We're doing a complete turn around when it comes to food and drink. We now want parents to provide all of their child's food and drink for the entire day.
· Opening hours are still from 9 to 4. Drop-off between 9 and 10 a.m. and pick-up between 3 and 4 p.m.
· Parents are not allowed inside the building.
· Let us know when your child is coming and when you are picking up.
· If your child's name is not on the list but you want to come, please contact me, and the same if your name is on the list but you are not coming.
· Friday is a public holiday, so we will be closed.
(Thursday, 23 April 2020)
Hello all parents.
As you probably know by now the kindergarten will not be opening on Thursday, but has been ordered to be further closed until the 13th of April.
We hope to open again on the 14th of April, but there is no guarantees as of yet.
I would remind you that we are open for parents who have occupation critical for society and for children with special needs.
Feel free to call me or send me an email if you have any questions.
I hope your stay safe in the meantime and hopefully we’ll see you all soon.
(Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 14.41)
I hope everyone is doing okay and staying healthy.
It looks like we’ll know tomorrow if the kindergarten and the school will be closed further. But we need to be prepared that this could drag on a bit longer.
The most important thing at the moment is to get control of this virus and stop it from spreading further.
I understand if you’re children are a bit bored and restless at the moment.
This is a link to a site that Trondheim Kommune has put together, they contain tips on activities can do.
The teachers have also been active in sending out tips on activities.
The staff also try to use Vigilo to keep in touch with you. Maybe you want to make a video to say hello to the other children or adults in the kindergarten.
If so please send it to me so I can spread it.
Don’t hesitate to call or send an email if you have any questions I just want to talk.
(Monday, 23 March 2020, 17.02)
Som flere av dere allerede har fått med seg, har regjeringen landet på at foreldrene ikke skal betale for barnehage og SFO og at barnehagene skal få dekket bortfall av foreldrebetaling. I tillegg skal barnehagene fremdeles få utbetalt det vanlige tilskuddet fra kommunen:
Abelia, Foreningen for kunnskaps- og teknologibedrifter i NHO
(Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 18.09)
As indicated in the e-mail sent earlier today, the kindergarten will be closed tomorrow. Subsequently, I received an e-mail from the Department of Education, which has determined that all schools and kindergartens will remain closed through 26 March, with a possibility that the timeframe will be extended.
Government authorities have written in a press release that parents have rights to child care benefits when they are home from work because schools and kindergartens are closed.
Leaders of kindergartens and school principals are required to ensure that children of healthcare service employees, as well as children of employees in the public transport industry and within other critical societal sectors, have access to assistance when kindergartens, schools or other day care facilities are closed. This support also applies to parents of children with special needs who cannot be cared for.
The following industries and positions have been identified as critical by the emergency preparedness committee:
Management and crisis management
Health and healthcare
ICT security (civic)
Nature and environment
Water and refuse
Energy and power services
Electronic communications services
Wherein both parents fall under these groups, care options will be made available. For those this apply for I ask that you send an e-mail to me indicating when you require kindergarten care for your child.
(Thursday, 12 March 2020, 20.56)
Alle barnehager og skoler stenges
Regjeringen har besluttet at alle landets barnehager og skoler stenges midlertidig. Fra og med 12. mars klokken 18, vil alle skoler og barnehager i Norge bli stengt.
I første omgang vil barnehagene og skolene holde stengt til 26. mars 2020. Dette kan bli forlenget.
Mer informasjon kan du lese på udir.no: https://www.udir.no/korona
(Thursday, 12 March 2020, 15.07)
Dear Birralee Kindergarten parents,
In response to the worsening situation in Norway, we have decided to close the kindergarten tomorrow (Friday).
It is likely that this closure will be extended. This will be confirmed by email, no later than Sunday.
In anticipation of a longer closure, we ask that parents remove all items from their child's cubbies and take all clothes and personal items home.
Parents whose children are not in kindergarten today can collect their child's belongings between 14:30 and 16:00.
(Thursday, 12 March 2020, 11.03)