In the 80s of the last century pre-school education started to become relevant in Portugal, supported by new legislation and facilities created by the Ministery of Education. Later, in the 90s, pre-school was recognized as the first step of school life (step 0). Nevertheless it still remains non compulsory to the present day. Pre-school education in Portugal is ministrated in public schools, cooperative schools (private owned but partially supported by the state) and private schools. Coverage rate of pre-school education 1985/86 1995/96 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 29,3% 58,0% 75,6% 77,2% 77,3% 77,9% 78,3% 78,4% Source: GEPE The immediate goal of the Ministery of Education is to achieve a coverage rate of 80%.
<ul><li>In public schools, pre-school education comprehends two components: one educational, which is the responsibility of the Ministery of the Education, with a daily lenght of five hours and another of family suppor t which is the responsibility of the municipalities, with a daily lenght that may vary from school to school (according to the family needs). </li></ul><ul><li>The educational component is ministrated by pre-school teachers with contratual link with the Ministery of Education. The family support component is ashured by school staff (monitors or school servents), with contratual links with the municipalities and under the coordination of pre-school teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>The educational component is free; the family support component is paid according to criteria set by the municipalities. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The school year starts in September and ends in July. Throughout the school year there are three major breaks: Christmas, Carnival and Easter. </li></ul><ul><li>The Christmas holidays, in December, can not exceed five working days; the Carnival holidays are usually in February and last for 3 days; the Easter holidays might occur in March or April can not exceed five working days </li></ul><ul><li>All the schools are opened five days a week, from Monday to Friday, except on bank holidays </li></ul>
<ul><li>Promote the personal and social development of the child based on experiments of democratic living in a perspetive of education for the citizenship; </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the insertion of the child in distinct social groups, with respect for the plurality of cultures, favouring a progressive consciousness as a member of society; </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the equality of opportunities in school access and to the learning success; </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate the global development of the child in the respect of his/her individual characteristics, instilling individual behaviours that favor significant and differentiate characteristics; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop expression and communication through multiple languages as means of relation, information, aesthetic awareness and understanding of the world. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Arouse curiosity and critical thought; </li></ul><ul><li>Give the child moments of wellfare and security, namely in the scope of the individual and collective health; </li></ul><ul><li>Proceed to screening of inadaptations, handicaps or precocities and promote a better guidance and routing of the child; </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the participation of the families in the educational process and set relations of effective colaboration with the community. </li></ul>
Personal and social formation area <ul><li>Autonomy/independence; </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship education; </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic experience . </li></ul>Expression and communication area <ul><li>Oral language and aproach to writing; </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics; </li></ul><ul><li>ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic expression; </li></ul><ul><li>Musical expression; </li></ul><ul><li>Drama/dance expression; </li></ul><ul><li>Expression by the movement. </li></ul>Knowledge of the world area <ul><li>Science; </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental education; </li></ul><ul><li>Health education; </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual education. </li></ul>
District of Santarém Population 454 456 Municipality of Torres Novas Population: 36 837 Source: INE Censos 2011 Portugal Population 10 555 853
Public pre-schools 12 Semi- private pre-schools 6 Private pre-schools 0 nº of children Public pre-schools 523 Semi- private pre-schools 247 Private pre-schools 0
Pre-schools nº of children Pre-school of Barroca 15 Pre-school CEAC 106 Pre-school of Lamarosa 19 Pre-school of Lapas 16 Pre-school of Resgais 16 Pre-school of Rodrigos 15 Pre-school of Tufeiras 50
<ul><li>The Center School Assentis </li></ul><ul><li>Chancelaria (CSAC) opened to the pupils in November 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>It is located in a rural area in the municipality of Torres Novas, about 10 Km from the town center. </li></ul><ul><li>The CSAC comprehends pre-school (3 - 6 years old) and primary school (6 -10 years old) levels and integrates itself a broader school Merge denominated Agrupamento de Escolas Gil Paes. </li></ul>
The school center of Assentis e Chancelaria (CEAC) was created to merge several small school from the parishes of Assentis and Chancelaria in a single space: Pre- school of Mata CEAC Pre- school of Rexaldia Pre- school of Chancelaria Pre- school of Casais da Igreja Pre- school /Primary school of Assentis Pre- school /Primary school of Moreiras Grandes Pre- school /Primary school of Fungalvaz
Daily schedule Educational component morning 09:00 – 11:30 afternoon 13:00 – 15:30 Family support component morning 08:00 – 09:00 lunch 11:30 – 13:00 afternoon 15:30 – 19:00 Everyday most children are carried to school in the morning and back home in the afternoon by bus. In the morntng transports start at 8:30 and in the afternoon at 5:30 pm.