According to the Board of Education in Gdańsk, 166 kindergarten institutions started "stationary work with children" on Wednesday, May 6 in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. These are kindergartens, pre-school departments in primary schools and other forms of pre-school education. 33 of them are operated by the local administration, while 133 are run by non-governmental organizations.
Four kindergartens, zero children
The commune of Somonino has opened four public establishments. One kindergarten and three kindergarten wards in primary schools. Interestingly, on Wednesday, not a single child appeared in them.
Marta Baczyńska, head of the education department at the Somonino Commune Office: - On Tuesday, one family declared that on Wednesday they would send two children to kindergarten. Parents have changed their mind, they have that right. Others also called us and reported the need to put children under kindergarten care. They declare that they will do it next week or when their businesses resume operations. They can do it, our facilities are ready for it.
According to the data collected by the Pomeranian Voivodeship Office, only two public nurseries were opened on May 6 - in Chojnice and Przechlewo - as well as 51 private nurseries.
15 nurseries in Gdansk, a handful of children
Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot are not opening local government nurseries and kindergartens this week. However, it turns out that there are non-governmental institutions in Gdańsk that have decided to do so.
About 15 nurseries were opened on Wednesday. One of them is the Montessori Rainbow nursery at ul. Guderskiego in the Ujeścisko-Łostowice district. As the management of the facility admits, parents reported the need for their children to be looked after in that facility. On Wednesday, there were several children there.
On Wednesday, the kindergarten at the British International School Gdańsk was opened at ul. Jagiellońska in Przymorze. It will be open every day from Monday to Friday from 7.30 to 17.
- We received signals from some parents that they were counting on the opening of the institution. Today there are few children, a third of those who attended us every day. We asked parents how many children would come the first day after the opening, there was no child we did not expect - admits Jagoda Mielewczyk, assistant director. - Over the last days we have worked intensively to open on May 6. The children are in groups that do not have contact with each other. The carers of these groups also do not interact closely with each other. We have secured enough personal protective equipment to last us a week, we bought them on our own.
- How are the children coping with the new situation? - we ask
- I didn't notice in the morning that they were having any other issues than usual. They were excited that they could come back to us - answered Jagoda Mielewczyk.
Teachers are wearing protective helmets so that children can see their faces
Marlena Kustra runs the Montessori Seaside Kindergarten at ul. Pomeranian in Jelitków. The facility meets all the guidelines of the Chief Sanitary Inspector. It has its own ozonation equipment that will disinfect the rooms every day. There were three children in the kindergarten on Wednesday.
- Parents declared that there will be more children next week. They return to work, and so they need to put preschoolers under our care. We hope that from Wednesday there will be 12 children in our facility. When it comes to personal protective equipment, we've made a large inventory, we wanted to avoid lacking something. We equipped ourselves with gloves, masks, disinfectants, disposable medical costumes. Montessori teachers have helmets so that children can see their faces. The children have got used to the fact that we have a pandemic, have seen people wearing masks and visors in the city, they have no problem with that. They were glad that they could meet their teachers and their colleagues from the group. We collected statements from parents that authorize their children to play outside. I think that for them it is much better than sitting in rooms, which must be disinfected every hour - explains Marlena Kustra.
No external persons are allowed to enter the facility, and all additional classes are conducted remotely.
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