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Open registration at early-learning centres

foto escoleta 2018 1The education office of the Formentera Council reports on the start of signups, this Thursday, May 3, for 2018-2019 enrolment at the Formentera Council's two nurseries, sa Miranda and es Camí Vell. The last day to register is May 16.

Interested parties can pick up and drop off the registration form at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) May 3-16 from 9.00am to 2.00pm. The office is open Monday to Friday. Forms can also be submitted online, via the Virtual Citizen Information Office, within the same deadline.

The application itself provides families a guide for navigating paperwork (while some documents are required, others are for used for the schools' information only) as well as a roadmap of important dates on the academic calendar.

Families are encouraged to contact both nurseries, or escoletes, directly. Staff at sa Miranda handle inquiries Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and es Camí Vell accept information requests Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

CiF education secretary Susana Labrador explained that the admissions process would be the same for both schools, and that applicants would also have the opportunity to note their preference for placement. Incoming students at sa Miranda escoleta must be born in 2016, 2017 or 2018; es Camí Vell accept children born in 2016 and 2017.

Between the two schools, which will remain open year round in 2018, there is space available for a total of 128 children. Staff at the centres consist in 16 instructors, one director and one educational assistant for special-needs children, as well a cook and assistant to oversee kitchen service.

According to Councillor Labrador, early-childhood education is “a great challenge” guided by two grand objectives: “premium quality and zero wait lists”. Though infant education isn't mandatory, she confided, “it is an essential part of balancing one's family and his or her professional career”.

Open enrolment for new round of Catalan courses for adult learners

Classes cursos de catalaThe Formentera Council's language consultancy department will once again offer Catalan language courses for adults.

All those interested can register from February 28 to March 9 at the Citizen Information Office (OAC, at carrer Ramon Llull, 6). Classes begin March 12 and will continue until May, coinciding with the official exams coordinated by the directorate general of language policies.

The latest round of Catalan language instruction picks up where a similar course from October 2017-January 2018 left off. Council officials say the classes reflect the administration's goal of facilitating and promoting language study on the island. Efforts are made —scheduling lessons across a variety of days and hours, for example— to make it easier for students juggling employment or parenting as well.

Enrolment in the courses is free and plans are in place to organise two groups each at the A2, B1 and B2 levels and one group for students in the most advanced level, C1/C2. For more information, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Current number of children on waiting list at Formentera's escoletes: two

Foto escoleta formenteraThe education department of the Formentera Council has reported that the list of zero- to one-year-olds waiting to enter the island's two nursery schools, or escoletes, consists of just two names. The current number of children on the waiting lists for one- and two-year-olds and two- and three-year-olds? Zero.

So said Formentera's education secretary, Susana Labrador, who also assured that “the completion of Sant Ferran's new escoleta will mean that not a single child” goes without the service. In Labrador's words, the Council's objective is “zero wait list,” though she pointed out that enrolment stays open through the year, and the schools are able to quickly fill spots left empty at any point. At the moment, space is available for one- and two-year-olds and two- and three-year-olds and recently, late registration was requested for five newborns.

September 18 marked the start of the nursery school calendar. One hundred six children are enrolled across the island's two escoletes; 79 in sa Miranda and 27 at Escoleta des Camí Vell.

Formentera Council issues permit for new schools in Sant Ferran

Foto escola SFerranEarlier today a government committee of the Formentera Council rubber-stamped a permit for construction of the Sant Ferran primary school and early-learning centre. The buildings will go up on a lot handed over by the administration in 2012.

Council president Jaume Ferrer expressed his satisfaction at having held up the administration's end of the bargain and “done everything possible to make the new schools a reality”. Noting that the government in Palma has already set aside funding for the project, Ferrer quipped the Council was “confident construction will begin soon” and called the project one of the Council's top priorities this legislative session.

In plenary session on September 29, the Council voted to change municipal regulations after the high court of the Balearic Islands ruled the demarcation of Formentera's historical town centres lacked the necessary justification and that protocol had not been properly followed in the process. By adjusting the regulatory code, the moratorium on construction inside historic centres was lifted, allowing permits to be issued on projects like the new schools in Sant Ferran.

Sant Ferran prepares to open new 'reading spot' in November

The education and culture offices of the Formentera Council wish to announce plans to mount a punt de lectura, or “reading corner,” in a storefront it has rented at 13 carrer Mallorca in Sant Ferran. Till recently, the town's library was housed in the same building as the public school, however, the school's burgeoning needs forced the library's closure as the school year started.

The street-level space measures 61.14m2 and is currently being outfitted to accommodate the reading corner by November. Education and culture secretary Susana Labrador pointed out that “while the previous building was exclusively a children's library, the new centre will be open to teens and adults, too”. The new library will offer internet and feature a small permanent collection and several rotating selections culled from the Marià Villangómez library in Sant Francesc.

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ESCOLETA SA MIRANDA
Directora: Esperanza Suñer Torres
Av. de Pius Tur, s/n  · 07860
Sant Francesc · Formentera
tel. 971 32 34 15 · fax 971 32 25 83
escoleta@conselldeformentera.cat

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