Statutes for municipal day-care centres

All municipal day-care centres in Trondheim have the same By-laws.

Here you may find the Statutes of private kindergartens in alphabetical order.

 

Statutes for municipal day-care centres

Pursuant to the Day-care Institutions Act, all municipal day-care institutions shall have a set of by-laws for their operations. The day-care centre owner establishes the by-laws, and these shall provide information that is relevant to the parents’ interactions with the day-care centre.

The following by-laws for municipal day care were adopted by Trondheim City Council on 24 April 1997, last revised on 22 May 2014:

1. Ownership and responsibility

Trondheim local authority owns/rents the premises for the municipal day-care centres and is responsible for their operation.

These by-laws are applicable to all municipal day-care centres within the municipality of Trondheim.

2. Purpose

"The day-care institutions are to be operated in accordance with the Day-care Institution Act, including, for example, in accordance with section 1, Purpose, content and design of day-care institutions, the Ministry’s regulations and guidelines in force, and the local authority’s by-laws and plans for each day-care centre."

3. Admission – Termination

3.1 Children are admitted to available places according to an application for a place in day care: deadline for applications is 1 March.

3.2 The admission process is administrated by the Early Development and Education Office (Oppvekstkontoret), and the places available are distributed among children living in the Trondheim catchment area.

3.3 Places in day care are distributed according to the following admission criteria, in order of priority:

Primary admission:

Children who, according to section 12a of the Day-care Institution Act, have the right to a place in day care but have not yet been assigned a place. Application for a place must be submitted by 1 March and the desired start date can be no later than August the same year.

Section 12a of the Day-care Institution Act states: "Children who have turned one year of age by the end of August the year they apply for a place in a day-care institution have the right to be assigned a place from August pursuant to this Act and its regulations."

Common priorities for Trondheim Day-care Centres (with the primary admission):

1. Children with reduced functional ability, cf. section 13 of the Day-care Institution Act. Documentation from Children and Family Services and/or hospital is necessary.

2. Children who have received a decision pursuant to sections 4-12 and 4-4, second and fourth paragraphs, of the Child Welfare Services Act.

Supplemental municipal day-care criteria (with primary admission):

3. Siblings of children in the same day-care centre. Every attempt shall be made to give siblings a place in the same day-care centre.

4. Children resident in the part of town where the day-care centre is situated (catchment area).

5. Drawing of lots.

Transfer admission:

Children with a place in a day-care centre who want a place in another day-care centre from August of the same year and who apply within the deadline of 1 February.

Common priorities for Trondheim day-care centres (with transfer admissions):

1. Children with reduced functional ability, cf. section 13 of the Day-care Institutions Act. Documentation from Children and Family Services and/or the hospital is necessary.

2. Children who have received a decision pursuant to sections 4-12 and 4-4, second and fourth paragraphs, of the Child Welfare Services Act.

Supplemental municipal day-care criteria (with transfer admission):

3. Children who have turned three years of age during the year and who have a place in a family day-care centre and want to have a place in a regular day-care centre shall be prioritised according to the application.

4. Siblings of children in the same day-care centre. Every attempt shall be made to give siblings a place in the same day-care centre.

5. Children resident in the part of town where the day-care centre is situated (catchment area). Children who are resident in the catchment area but who currently have a place outside the catchment area shall be given first priority.

6. Drawing of lots.

Supplemental admission:

Children with or without a place in a day-care centre who apply for a place after the deadline for the main admission or the transfer admission during the course of the year.

Common for Trondheim Day-care Centres (with the supplemental admission):

1. Children with reduced functional ability, cf. section 13 of the Day-care Institution Act. Documentation from Children and Family Services and/or hospital is necessary.

2. Children who have received a decision pursuant to sections 4-12 and 4-4, second and fourth paragraphs, of the Child Welfare Services Act.

3. Children who lose their place in a day-care centre due to temporary/permanent closure or leave of absence during the day-care centre year shall be prioritised. Children who lose their place due to a planned closure or leave of absence/closure at the end of a day-care centre year will be prioritised in the primary admission/transfer admission.

Supplemental municipal day-care criteria (with supplemental admission):

4. Children from families with a heavy burden due to illness and/or other circumstances.

5. Siblings of children in the same day-care centre. Every attempt shall be made to give siblings a place in the same day-care centre.

6. Children resident in the part of town where the day-care centre is situated (catchment area). Children who are resident in the catchment area but who currently have a place outside the catchment area shall be given first priority.

7. The oldest child.

Parents may be granted a place for their child in other day-care centres than the two prioritised in the application.

3.4 Termination of a place in day care must be notified in writing with one month’s notice, counting from the first or fifteenth of the month. Exception: in the period between 1 April and 1 June the termination notice is two months.

3.5 If there is a failure to pay the day-care fee, the local authority may terminate the place for the child.

4. Parental fees

4.1 The City Council sets the monthly parental fee for day care when setting the annual budget, at which time the provisions and regulations for fee reductions and free places are also set.

4.2 A maximum fee is to be paid for twelve months of the year, divided over eleven payments. No payment is requested in July. Payment of meal money comes in addition to this, the amount of which can vary from day-care centre to day-care centre.

4.3 In the event of an extraordinary closing of the day-care centre, parents may be reimbursed the payment for the days when the centre was closed.

5. Indoor/outdoor areas for play and activities in the day-care centre

The size of the area in which the children play and participate in day-care activities must adhere to the prevailing standard of 4 square metres per child over 3 years of age, and 5.3 square metres per child under 3 years of age.

6. Day-care centre’s opening hours

The opening hours of each day-care centre shall be in accordance with the approval granted to each centre. On Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and the Wednesday before Maundy Thursday (skjærtorsdag) the day-care centres close at twelve o’clock if nothing else has been decided in consultation with the users’ committee. The opening hours for the remaining days in Christmas and Easter shall be agreed upon after surveying the need and in consultation with the users’ committee.

7. The day-care centre’s internal control system

Each day-care centre shall comply with the regulations for internal control when, for example, it comes to the working environment, fire safety and product control, and shall have its own procedures and checklists to ensure that it is complying with the provisions.

8. Holidays

Each child should have a minimum of four weeks of vacation a year, including three consecutive weeks in the summer. Notification of summer holidays must be given to the day-carte centre director before 1 May. In consultation with the users’ committee the director may decide to close the centre for the summer in a time period that coincides with the general holidays (fellesferien). Information about which days the day-care centres shall be closed in the coming day-care centre year shall be provided at the start of the day-care centre year.

9. Leave of absence from day care

Leave of absence cannot be granted before the child has started attending the day-care centre. Applications for leave of absence are to be submitted to the day-care centre in question by the first day of the month, and at least one month before the period of time the leave applies to.

Here you can download the form: Application for leave of absence from the day-care centre.

10. Planning days

The staff at day-care centres have five planning days during the year and the centre will be closed on these days.

11. Moving to and from the municipality

11.1. Applicants for a place in day care must be registered as residents in Trondheim no later than the date when the child can begin to attend the day-care centre. An applicant who has been granted a place in day care must begin to use the place within a month of the assigned starting date. If not, the place will be automatically allocated to another applicant.

11.2. Places in public day-care centres are reserved for inhabitants in the city of Trondheim. If a family moves away from Trondheim, the place in day care may be kept for up to one month.

If there are special reasons that indicate a child should continue attending a specific day-care centre longer than one month after moving away from Trondheim, the child may be allowed to do so provided that the parents send an application to the Early Development and Education Office for approval.

12. Parents’ Council and Users’ Committee

All parents of children in day care are members of the parents’ council and elect their representatives to the day-care centre’s users’ committee. The mandate of the parents’ council and users’ committee is to represent the children’s and parents’ interests and to ensure that children have good opportunities for development and activity. The users’ committee shall consist of parents/guardians and staff in such a way that each group is equally represented. The users’ committee corresponds to the coordinating committee pursuant to section 4 of the Day-care Institutions Act.

13. Insurance

A common accident insurance policy has been signed on behalf of all children in the municipal day-care centres.

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