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.
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 itself and about a vaccine that could protect us from it. But bit by bit, we are making progress against coronavirus. And as we learn more, lockdown measures will change.
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!
School enrolment and summer activities
The city’s 101 municipal nursery schools will be reopening as of 15 June to look after reduced groups of infants aged 1 to 3.
The decision was taken once Procicat had approved the amendment to the Catalan government’s Framework Plan for reopening schools, which recognises the difficulty of permanently maintaining social distancing through the day.
For the purposes of offering maximum safety guarantees and minimising the possibility of infection, measures are being established such as the creation of stable groups of five children per classroom, proposed activities that use few materials and priority outdoor activities, in well ventilated environments with good cleaning and disinfection.
The nursery school service in the context of the lockdown
The educational service will resume from Monday 15 June up to 15 July, Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 3 pm, (the normal summer timetable), and with a reception service from 8 am to 9 am.
There will also be a school-dinner service (breakfast and lunch), which usually takes place now in the children's classroom.
Last updated: 09/06/2020
Municipal nursery schools
Once the pre-enrolment period concludes, the data for municipal nursery schools for the 2020-2021 school year, conditioned by the Covid-19 health crisis, will be announced on each centre’s website, on the City Council's Nursery Schools website and on the Barcelona Education Consortium website.
You can also check the status of your pre-enrolment application on the City Council’s Nursery Schools website.
Enrolment for municipal kindergartens for 2020–2021 [ES]
Infant and mandatory (primary and secondary) education
The list of students admitted and on waiting lists will be published on 7 July.
Pre-enrolled students with a place assigned for the second cycle of infant education, primary education and the first year of secondary education can enrol from 13 to 17 July 2020.
A helpline is available on 935 511 000 (9 am to 1.30 pm) for families to resolve any queries relating to the enrolment process.
Baccalaureates and vocational training
You’ll find information on the enrolment calendar for post-compulsory education on the Barcelona Education Consortium website.
Municipal music schools and conservatory
Updated enrolment information for the municipal music schools and the conservatory, as well as municipal nursery schools, can be found on the municipal Education website
The proposed dates are provisional and may change depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
Last updated 17/06/2020
Barcelona is implementing an extraordinary summer activity plan for children, teenagers and young people in the city, the aim being to respond to the socio-economic and health impact that the Covid-19 crisis has had on families.
The Extraordinary “100% Summer” Plan has a budget of 7.4 million euros (37% more than last year) and offers 387,754 places on educational leisure activities which users sign up for (40,139 more than in 2019), with facilities opening exceptionally in August and activity programmes for the whole city. The aim is to provide an exceptional response to exceptional circumstances for families this summer, particularly the most vulnerable.
Therefore, subsidies have been awarded to all the children, adolescents and young people who meet the requirements, without any budgetary limitations. A total of 14,911 children and young people will benefit from these subsidies, which have an allocation of €2,940,021.
Furthermore, the number of places for free or affordably-priced activities organised in neighbourhoods marked for priority action in the Neighbourhood Plan have been increased.
Activities will be available throughout the summer months and will particularly be stepped up in August, when less activities are normally offered, with new actions and the exceptional opening of 25 libraries, 20 community centres and 20 open playgrounds to help families with childcare and their work-life balance.
Leisure activities will include content to strengthen key learning such as oral expression and reading. Monitors will get guidance relating to emotional support for children and teenagers, as well as specific helpline.
All the activities have been adapted to the safety measures established by the health authorities.
The goal of the plan is for children, teenagers and young people to enjoy summer activities; contribute to their well-being and their physical and emotional state of health after three months of lockdown; help mitigate the educational shortcomings accumulated during these three months from not being able to go to school, particularly among the most vulnerable, and help families with childcare at what is a very difficult time for many.
100% Summer (CAT)
Latest update 23/06/2020
These are being held from 29 June to 10 September and are aimed at youngsters between the ages of 5 and 16. The registration process is open and is offered via the Zoo website.
Groups will be smaller this year, with fixed participants. Health recommendations will be followed at all times to ensure the safety of children and educators.
Last updated 26/06/2020
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 during the lockdown 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.
Latest update 20/04/2020
“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.
The videos will be distributed to families through the two municipal Child Development and Early Care Centres (CDIAP).
“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: