More than a hundred babies and toddlers aged from 0 to 3 years old have started Summer School in Orihuela and on the coast. The Councillor for Education Begoña Cuartero visited the Municipal Children’s School in the hamlet of La Murada to mark the start of ‘Baby Summer School’ which also began at several other schools across the municipality including the Palm Grove in the city centre and the E.I. Planetarium in Orihuela Costa.
The Councillor for Education said: “The objective of these summer schools for the little ones is to provide families with care for children during the summer holiday months, to enable parents to balance work and family life. In addition to creating natural environments and a playful and fun space, it was also important to facilitate learning and promote group and social development.”
The hours are from 9am to 1.30pm except in the EI Planetarium on the coast, which is open from 9am to 5pm and also has a dinner service.
The City Council of Orihuela subsidises each of the places with an amount of 50 euros per month, with the full price being 100 euros, except in the E.I. Planetarium which is 210 euros due to the longer hours and food provision. The number of places offered is 50 places in each of the nursery schools with a total of 150 places across the municipality. A total of 140 place had been filled by the time the Summer Schools opened their doors.
The Councillor for Education added: “It is about creating welcoming environments in which a series of recreational and formative activities are developed, which facilitates a creative and fun use of free time during the holiday period.” She has also appreciated the confidence shown by the families who have booked places throughout July.