ABC was first founded in January 2000 and is located in the Linnestaden area of Gothenburg, Sweden.
ABC All About Children is an English language preschool dedicated to providing an international educational environment for children in the Gothenburg region, where
both children and their families from around the world can
truly feel at home.
With this in mind, it is our mission to offer children a quality environment whereby they can develop a creative and constructive attitude toward themselves, others and the world. Our teachers, as well as our families, represent a large cross section of the international community and we embrace a multi-cultural approach using our curriculum and environment as resources.
With the continued dedication and support from our families,
staff, and the international community, ABC will endeavor to
maintain the quality it has achieved over the years in order
to best serve the international and national communities of Gothenburg.
Our preschool has many areas that stimulate learning and creativity. Through the use of colour and materials, our school environment is inspiring as well as, harmonious and comfortable.
What is HighScope?
HighScope is a high quality approach to learning based on more than 40 years of longitudinal research and practice. It is a coherent curriculum which draws on the constructivist theories of Piaget, Dewey, Erikson, Vygotsky and others. HighScope was developed by Dr. David Weikart in 1962 in Ipsilanti, Michigan USA and is now used in over 90 countries around the world. It is a flexible framework and can be used across all settings, ages and abilities.
The Principles of the Approach
The central principles of HighScope are provision of a developmentally appropriate curriculum, consistency and genuine relationships that offer children the opportunities for active learning and personal initiative. These principles guide all HighScope practitioners in their daily work. Their work is informed by working closely with parents and carers based on the principle of family inclusion and the unique culture of the child. Adults in HighScope settings encourage children to become decision makers and problem solvers who can plan, initiate and reflect on work chosen by themselves; who work effectively individually, with other children, and with adults, and who develop skills and who develop skills and traits which enable them to become successful students as they grow older.
The following diagram graphically describes the key principles of the HighScope approach.
Through active learning - having direct and immediate experiences and developing an understanding of them through reflection, children construct knowledge that helps them make sense of their world.
The power of active learning comes from personal initiative when the children act on their innate desire to explore, solve problems and generate strategies to try in play and work which is meaningful to them.
The Key Experiences
The HighScope Developmental indicators provide a composite
picture of children’s social, cognitive and physical development.
They are fundamental to young children’s construction of knowledge and take place repeatedly over an extended period of time.
When active learning is in place, key experiences occur naturally; the role of the adult is to create an environment in which these developmentally important activities can occur and to recognize,support and build on them when they do. Practitioners regularly make anecdotal observations on children’s learning experiences and this forms the basis for planning and evaluating.
Adult Child Interaction
Active learning depends on positive adult child interaction guided by an understanding of how children think and reason, adults practice positive interaction strategies - sharing control with children, focusing on children’s strengths, forming authentic relationships with children, supporting play, adopting a problem solving approach to social conflict and using encouragement rather than a child management system based on praise, punishment and reward.
The relationship with children has long term as well as immediate benefits as it demonstrates children how to form positive relationships for themselves.
Learning Environment and the Daily Routine
The HighScope Approach places a strong emphasis on planning the layout of the setting and selecting appropriate materials to enable children to make and follow through on their choices and decisions. These will be a mix of real, open ended, ‘free and found and commercial materials. Adults also plan a consistent routine that supports active learning. The routine enables children to anticipate what will happen next and gives them a great deal of control over what they do during each part of their day. The framework gives children the freedom to become confident, self-directed learners.
The Plan-Do-Review Process
Planning is a process in which children learn to create and express intentions in a group or individually, and supported by an adult, children plan what they wish to do. Children's planning becomes increasingly sophisticated as they become conversant with the process.
At work time children generate experiences based upon their plans. Children need time for trial and error, to generate new ideas, practise and succeed. Personal independence is the Key to active learning by self-motivating children. During review time children reflect on their experiences at play and work.
A high quality curriculum will provide occasion for children to reflect on their experiences with increasing verbal ability an logic as they mature.
Child Observation Record (COR Advantage)
ABC uses HighScope’s Child Observation Record, or COR,
as an authentic, validated, and research-based observational assessment tool.
The COR comprises 63 dimensions of learning in nine categories:
● Approaches to Learning
● Social and Emotional Development
● Physical Development & Health
● Language, Literacy, & Communication
● Creative Arts
● Science and Technology
● Social Studies
● English Language Learners (Optional)
To use the COR, teaching staff take anecdotal notes during
the everyday program activities. COR assessment is then
seamlessly integrated with early childhood teaching and planning.
The results provide detailed information on each child's development, as well as a variety of group reports analyzing progress for various audiences.
ABC has the same fee base as the Swedish government preschools. If your combined gross income exceeds
43,760 SEK you will not pay more than the amounts below.
First Child (the youngest)
Age percentage of Gross Income Max Amount SEK
1 to 3 3% 1,362
3 to 5 2% 908
Age percentage of Gross Income Max Amount SEK
1 to 3 2% 908
3 to 5 1% 454
Age percentage of Gross Income Max Amount SEK
1 to 3 1% 454
3 to 5 1% 454
Parents Fees starting 01 01 2017
If your child is under 8, you have the right to work 80%. This is taken as one day off a week, unpaid.
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION
On 25th of May, 2018 the EU's new data protection regulation, the GDPR, will enter into force. GDPR sets higher demands on how we as a company treat your personal information.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to protect the privacy of individuals. It requires that any personal information about an individual is processed securely and confidentially. This includes both staff and children. How ABC obtains, shares and uses information is critical, as personal data is sensitive and private. Everyone, adults and children alike, have the right to know how the information about them is used.
We will respect the privacy of children and their parents and carers, while ensuring that they access high quality early years care and education. We aim to ensure that all parents and carers can share their information in the confidence that it will only be used to enhance the welfare of their children. There are record keeping systems in place for storing and sharing that information take place within the framework of the General Data Protection Regulation.
One application per child. You will be notified if a position becomes available.
Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to notify you if your child does not receive a place at ABC and give updates on you child’s status in the queue.
Please note, the queue is refreshed each year and any personal data you have given us will be deleted. You must therefore reapply after September 1st to be considered for the following school year or potential openings for that term.
If you need to update your contact information in your application please contact us via email:
If you wish to withdraw your application, please contact the preschool and we will remove your application and delete all of your data as regulated under GDPR.
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We encourage all families to submit their applications as soon as possible. To receive a preschool place your child must hold a valid Swedish personal number (personnummer), which can be obtained from the tax office (Skattemyndigheterna).
This process takes anywhere from three to four weeks. No child will be accepted without a valid Swedish personal number.
Food and Nutrition
Food and nutrition is an important aspect of ABC and its curriculum. The Snack Pack, a group of teacher volunteers, research nutrition, create our healthy eating policies and also help devise our snack menus. These menus are posted in each kitchen. Typical snack foods are cut vegetables, fruit smoothies, oatmeal with applesauce, and much more.
We help children establish healthy eating habits, learn to say please and thank you and learn self regulation through serving themselves. We focus on family style mealtimes that are pleasant occasions where the staff sit and eat with the children, modeling appropriate practices and behaviors. Conversation is encouraged.
ABC offers breakfast with the final serving at 7:50. In addition, ABC provides a warm, catered lunch and nutritious snacks. Menus of our lunches and snacks are posted in our preschool.
We work continuously with an ecological approach by recycling paper, cardboard, glass, bulbs batteries, etc.
ABC Preschool is dedicated to utilizing the principles of HighScope in order to:
Foster an active pattern of environmental Stewardship highlight the interconnected relationship shared by humans with natural environments and ecosystems.
At ABC Preschool, teachers and staff are dedicated to making sure that caring for “Mother Nature” is part of our daily routine. The curriculum at ABC incorporates age appropriate examples of key sustainable development themes, such as environmental equality and environmental responsibility.
For example, students learn to actively compost in all classrooms, as well as to use creative, open ended play using recycled (free & found) materials. Students also learn the importance of “pitching in” during our annual Litter Clean-up Day. Outside the classroom, ABC Preschool is dedicated to showing care to our planet through our choice of products and services. School snacks provided to the students are organic whenever possible. Our cleaning cupboards are stocked with environmentally friendly cleaning materials, and we have selected an environmentally responsible cleaning company.
ABC All About Children Preschool is a Green Flag certified preschool!
Green Flag (Grön Flagg) is an eco-school initiative and is a pedagogically based eco-certification. Green Flag is built on childrens’ natural inquisitiveness and creativity. Green Flag certification and recertification occurs in cycles lasting from 1-2 years. At the beginning of each cycle, the school chooses three to four key themes to focus on during that cycle. For the current cycle, ABC
has chosen three new themes and one follow-up theme (composting).
Our Green Flag Development Goals:
We currently have recycling bins in all of the kitchens, but the aim of this goal is to create a pedagogically based recycling regime
at the school.
Our main objective is student development. We will be implementing water saving measures at the school, but our primary gauge
for success will be to be to develop the students’ knowledge and skills develop within the broader theme.
Lifestyle and Health
At the classroom level, this is all about reinforcing the idea that some things are healthy for people/the environment and some
things are bad for people/the environment. This development goal is an opportunity to bring the school’s work in the areas of
health, hygiene and healthy eating together with our environmental profile.
This is a development goal that has been carried over from previous years. We have made leaps and bounds toward meeting this goal. We are now composting all of our snack remnants. The bins are emptied each day by the classroom’s special helpers.
GreenDrop Strategies (Kara Fairchild) BIO
GreenDrop Strategies is a micro environmental coordination business passionate about “bridging the gap” between micro, small and medium companies and the environment.
Started in 2013 by Kara Fairchild, a human ecologist, GDS focuses on providing hands-on, personal service in order to help businesses successfully implement environmental goals and projects. GDS’ field of expertise includes green project management, communication, education, water footprint assessment, CSR and sustainable development. www.greendropstrategies.com
We are open daily from Monday to Friday.
The school is also closed during the regular Swedish “red days,” or bank holidays. The school will close at 15:00 the day before such a red day/holiday. We also take into consideration the needs of the parents and comply with GöteborgStad guidelines in regards to the times required daily from the schedules submitted.
In the interest of continued educational advancement of our staff, ABC will be closed for additional in-service days.
A school calendar is provided for families enrolled in the
There are currently no vacancies available.
Contact: Jennifer Dula
Director: +46 733-57 46 18
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