The current situation is a huge challenge for all families with children, that have had to adapt to the health emergency and its requirements. Now we can all pull together to turn this challenge into an opportunity to look after ourselves and learn together.
The measures to prevent Covid-19 in education centres envisaged by the Government of Catalonia for the 2021-2022 academic year are basically the same as those for the 2020-2021 academic year, with a few changes:
- Face masks will not be obligatory in pre-school and primary school settings if the pandemic does not worsen.
- There will be no minimum social distance within stable bubble groups.
- Different groups will be permitted to mix in the playground, wearing face masks.
- Spaces will be cleaned and disinfected once a day, at the end of the school day.
To see all the measures, please consult the Action plan for the 2021-2022 academic year for education centres within the framework of the pandemic (PDF) [Catalan].
Last updated: 25/05/2021
Barcelona's 102 municipal nursery schools have been made ready with all the safety and prevention measures against Covid-19. In addition, teaching staff and families and the 8,508 children enrolled - who account for 64% of overall demand (8% more than in 2019) - have received specific support.
Each nursery school has put in place different entry and exit points for families to ensure that social distancing is observed and to avoid overcrowding.
Each group is completely separate and will have no contact with any other groups in the nursery school while the current healthcare situation continues. All shared spaces - both indoors and outdoors have been divided and will be used in turns.
There is also more emphasis on outdoor activities, as they entail a lower risk of transmission.
At lunchtime, each group will eat in its own area, in an exclusive space that ensures compliance with the preventive measures.
Support for early arrival in the mornings
In order to ensure work-life balance, municipal nursery schools offer a free early arrival service from 8 to 9 am. This service has been boosted with educational support staff in order to keep the groups separate and avoid any contact between them.
More support staff during the day
The working hours of the educational support staff have also been increased by 25% to meet all the requirements and ensure compliance with safety measures, such as frequent hand washing, the cleaning of toys and materials and the restriction on the number of contacts in each group.
Ventilation, cleaning and disinfection tasks are carried out in each nursery school in accordance with the characteristics of each area. Cleaning time has been increased by 20% in order to include this additional cleaning and disinfection work.
A Schools and Covid City Committee
A city committee called Schools and Covid has been set up, made up of the education and health authorities, teachers, families and children, with the aim of monitoring, sharing information and evaluating, in order to improve responses to the situation of schools in the current healthcare context.
Further information (CA)
Last updated: 26/05/2021
- Allowed extracurricular, leisure and sports activities aimed at children, primary school, compulsory secondary education, baccalaureate and vocational training students in groups of no more than ten people (this limit does not apply to school bubbles).
- Semi-face-to-face activity in music and dance schools authorised by the Department of Education.
- Camps and travel to another county for educational leisure activities is also permitted. An overnight stay is permitted if the classroom bubbles are maintained.
Last updated: 26/05/2021
Questions frequently asked by children
We’re a group of experts in different fields, and we want to help to clear up any doubts you might have about the current situation! And that means any questions or doubts – about the coronavirus, how you’re feeling, your ideas and suggestions... in fact, about anything you’d like!
We want to know how you’re all dealing with the coronavirus situation. It’s something that has taken everyone by surprise, isn’t it? Not even the most brilliant screenwriter could ever have imagined this actually happening here in the real world.
There are lots of things we don’t know yet about the disease. But bit by bit, we are making progress against coronavirus.
There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so you’re bound to have lots of questions, and you’ll want answers to all of them. That’s why this space is just for you, to help you cope with all these changes in your daily lives.
Children, are you thinking that you’re not really sure exactly what’s happening? Keep on reading!
For mums and dads
- Even though they aren’t going to school, try to keep to daily routine and timetable.
- Limit the time they spend in front of screens. A maximum of one and a half hours a day is recommended. And when they do so, they should look away for 5 or 10 minutes every hour.
- Where possible, encourage active play: hide-and-seek, dancing, exercises, etc. If you have a garden or a courtyard, get them to play a ball game or do some laps on their bike.
- Another good option is educational play: building blocks, brain teasers, manual work, calculation activities, and so on.
- If they can read, children’s stories, comics and novels are a good way to pass some time.
- This is also a good time for involving children in the household chores: helping to prepare the meals, laying and clearing the table, tidying up their room, and so on.
- Try to tell them why they have to stay at home, so that their confinement is not a negative experience.
- It’s also a good time to encourage good hygiene habits, teaching them how to wash their hands properly and doing it with them.
- It’s really important to find a balance between study time, play time and screen time.
- And remember to keep a positive attitude.
The changes in routines and new circumstances we are currently experiences may affect children, especially those in the 0 to 6 age group who have developmental difficulties.
Where children show signs of being very nervous, anxious or disorganised, child-development and early-care centres (CDIAP) provide families with advice or guidelines specifically designed for each child and for the particular circumstances of each nuclear family.
You are also recommended to:
- Control the amount of surrounding sounds and materials to foster calmness, and limit the use of screens and games with lights, especially before bedtime.
- Speak with a calm, relaxed voice.
- Encourage contact with soft materials such as cushions, mattresses and fabrics.
- Prepare hot baths to help relax their muscle tone and body and give them a massage, stroking and pressing on various points of the body that help them to relax.
- Create container spaces where children can feel comfortable and protected, with sheets, blankets or other materials you may have at home.
Last updated: 18/01/2021
No time restrictions for children’s play areas, that work at 50% capacity.
Given the health emergency situation, parents and guardians are asked to pay heed to the following recommendations:
- Look to ensure that the children are accompanied by just one adult.
- Choose a park which is close the children's home or school.
- Ensure that the parks do not get too crowded.
- Do not spend a long time in the playgrounds to ensure that all children can enjoy some time there.
- Clean your hands with hydraulic gel before going into the playgrounds, while you are there, and when you leave. Both children and adults.
- Do not use the swings, slides and other shared-use equipment.
- Is not allow to eat and drink in the play area.
- Remember that from age 6 years the use of a face mask is mandatory, and between 3 and 5 years it is recommended.
- Respect the security distance between people and tell the children they must do likewise.
- Do not sit on the benches inside the playgrounds to avoid overcrowding.
Last updated: 31/05/2021
“Coronavirus et farem petit!” is a series of five videos produced by Barcelona City Council and the NGO Pallassos Sense Fronteres to make young children aware of the importance of protection measures against Covid-19.
“Coronavirus et farem petit!” offers a light-hearted approach, designed to help families empower young children between the ages of 3 and 6, equipping them with resources for the situation generated by Covid-19 and enabling them to work on emotions and awareness through positive messages on the need to adopt protection measures.
You can see the videos using the following links: