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183 children attend Consell de Formentera Escola d’Estiu

Escola estiu 2020 mascaretesThe Formentera department of youth reports that last week 183 children started at the Consell de Formentera’s summer programme for kids. In 2020, the Escola d’Estiu counts among its participants 100 children in Sant Francesc, 58 in Sant Ferran and 25 in La Mola. Of the 29 workers in charge of the children’s care, 27 are day counsellors and two are directors.

Youth office chief Vanessa Parellada pointed out that places were awarded to every single applicant, even those whose applications were submitted after the initial deadline, once the programme was already under way. Nineteen boys and girls missed the original cut-off date, noted Parellada, who explained that amid this year’s unusual circumstances, “an extra effort was made and extra staff hired in order to meet the needs of Formentera families”.

Staggered drop-off and pick-up
The Escola d’Estiu daily programme runs from 8.00am to 2.30pm, and this year, parents and carers are asked to choose from one of several drop-off and pick-up times. The main theme of the 2020 programme is health, while the watchword —“Ens cuidam”— aims to encourage personal care.

Special safety protocol
Special protocol will be in place to prevent the spread of covid-19. Group size will be reduced and counsellors will interact exclusively with their assigned groups, abstaining from contact with other children to keep transmission risks to a minimum and forgoing trips outside the centre for the same. Cleaning and disinfecting measures mandated by the authorities will be in place too.

9 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell trains summer day counsellors to spot lasting signs of covid-19 impact

foto 2020 formacio monitors 1The Formentera social welfare department reports that day counsellors in the Consell’s Escola d'Estiu programme have taken part in a two-day training course designed to provide participants with tools to spot possible indicators that children are struggling, at risk or displaying symptoms as a consequence of the public health crisis.

The three-part course opens with a focus on the potential psychological impact of the state of emergency and covid-19 crisis on children and families. Social welfare conseller Rafael Ramírez pointed out that the Escola d'Estiu would be “the first time many children find themselves in a group and outside their family unit”.

Participants additionally studied the red flags for varying hardship, symptoms, lasting effects and situations frequently encountered by specialists. The training concluded with discussion of protocol surrounding appropriate referrals to specialised care.

The Formentera department of social welfare wishes to remind islanders that anyone with inquiries related to these issues can call 971 32 12 71 or send an email to educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat .

2 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Summer camp programme admits 100% of child applicants

The Formentera office of youth reports that the island’s summer programme for school-aged children, the Escola d'Estiu, has admitted all 180 children for whom a registration form was filled out. The 2020 Escola d'Estiu will accommodate 99 children at the location in Sant Francesc, 57 in Sant Ferran and 24 in La Mola. Organisers will start placing calls this Monday to schedule meetings with families and prepare for the start of school.

Staggered drop-off and pick-up
The Escola d'Estiu daily programme runs from 8.00am to 2.30pm, and this year, parents and guardians are asked to choose from one of several drop-off and pick-up times. The main theme of the 2020 programme is health, while the watchword —“Ens cuidam”— aims to encourage personal care. Highlighting efforts by local government to satisfy demand for the summer programme, youth department consellera Vanessa Parellada described the Escola d'Estiu as a crucial resource for working families and underscored the positive impact that educational recreation has on child development.

Special safety protocol
Special protocol will be in place to prevent the spread of covid-19. Group size will be reduced and counsellors will interact exclusively with their assigned groups, abstaining from contact with other children to keep transmission risks to a minimum and forgoing trips outside the centre for the same. Cleaning and disinfecting measures mandated by the authorities will likewise be respected.

For more information, call 971 21 10 87 or email joventut@conselldeformentera.cat.

26 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Open enrolment at 2020 Escola d'Estiu

The Formentera Department of Youth reports that registration for the Escola d'Estiu will start tomorrow, Thursday 18 June. Signups extend through 24 June and can be completed online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) or in person and by appointment at the Citizen Information Office (OAC, tel: 971 32 10 87).

The Consell de Formentera’s summer programme  for children ages 3 to 12 starts 1 July, with campuses at schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Mola. Priority will go to families for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, those at increased risk of social and economic hardship and those in which children are receiving special protective attention. Special tuition assistance is available for households particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Staggered drop-off and pick-up
The Escola d'Estiu daily programme runs from 8.00am to 2.30pm. This year, a system of staggered drop-off and pick-up times will be in place in order to avoid crowding. On registration forms, parents must note their preferred time for drop-off (8.00-8.30am, 8.30-9.00am or 9.00-9.30am) and pick-up (1.30-2.00pm or 2.00-2.30pm).

The main theme of the 2020 programme is health, and the watchword—“Ens cuidam”—centres on personal care. Youth department consellera Vanessa Parellada described the Escola d'Estiu as a crucial resource for local families whose workload typically surges in the high season months of summer, and highlighted the positive impact that educational recreation has on children. “And after three and a half months without school, this year the prospect of an environment where safe socialising, games, leisure and value-based learning can take place is more important than ever”.

Special safety protocol
Special protocol will be in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Group size will be reduced and counsellors will interact exclusively with their assigned groups, abstaining from contact with other children to keep transmission risks to a minimum and forgoing trips outside the centre for the same. Cleaning and disinfecting measures mandated by the authorities will likewise be respected.


For more information, call 971 21 10 87 or email joventut@conselldeformentera.cat.

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17 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Island’s nurseries reopen

foto 2020 tornada escoletaThe Formentera Department of Education reports that the Sa Miranda and Camí Vell nurseries will reopen from today, 15 June, welcoming back 17 youngsters at the former and 3 at the latter. Opening at 50% capacity, the escoletes can accommodate 54 of the 108 children normally enrolled.

The resumption of classes following a three-month hiatus will be gradual, with a transitional period aimed at helping children ease back into things and plans to increase class size progressively. Priority for admission will be given to children of parents for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, households facing increased risk of social and economic hardship and families in which children are receiving special protective attention. The nurseries will open from 7.30am to 2.30pm, offering both early drop-off and cafeteria service.

Because of Covid-19, classrooms will reopen in line with safety and hygiene protocol: educators will wear masks given the impossibility of complying with the two-metre distancing rule. Infant groups will have no more than four children per group; one- to two-year-old groups will be limited to six, and a nine-child maximum will be observed for two- to three-year-old groups. Children must take turns in the patio space and open-air activities are encouraged, while the instructor-pupil ratio has been adjusted to enable teachers to adapt educational activities to new guidelines.

Each child’s temperature must be taken every day before school, and any children with a temperature of 37.5 or more must remain at home. As in previous months, educators will be assigned to families of children not currently returning to school.


15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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Directora: Esperanza Suñer Torres
Av. de Pius Tur, s/n  · 07860
Sant Francesc · Formentera
tel. 971 32 34 15 · fax 971 32 25 83
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