Today we registered Ezra for school for next year in the spanish school system! I can’t believe my ‘baby’ is old enough to go to school, but most of his peers started school last year, so I guess he isn’t really a baby any more!
Actually, most spaniards put their children into school of some kind quite early. It would be completely normal for Audrey (who is currently 18 months) to already have been attending guadería for some months now.
Guadería is for children 0 – 3 years of age. It costs 60 euros a month & your baby is there from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. It is essentially day care, but my understanding is that it is more than just children playing together, but more of a structured school atmosphere. They even potty train the kids! Sounds like a great deal to me!
When a child turns 3, he enters what is called Infantil. He will attend 3-year old, 4-year old, & 5-year old infantil. After that he will start elementary school. Infantil goes from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Kids are put into a class if they will turn that age within that calendar year. So, for example, Ezra will turn 4 the end of this month and will be in 4-year old infantil. Audrey will turn 2 at her birthday this coming November. The following September she would be able to start 3-year old infantil even though she would still be 2 years old for two months. She would be in a class with other kids, some of whom had turned 3 back in January, 11 months before her.