Nursery schools in Galicia
At the beginning of 2012 and with the aim of supporting the Galician public administration’s commitment to increasing the number spots at public schools for children from zero to three years old and with the implementation of complementary measures having to do with work-life balance, the Amancio Ortega Foundation and the Xunta de Galicia signed an agreement to build and furnish new nursery schools with the aim of integrating them into the public network of nursery schools in Galicia.
With a general budget of 32 million euros, the eight nursery schools financed by the Amancio Ortega Foundation offer a total of more than 650 newly created spots for children from zero to three years old, all of them already running in the municipalities where they are located: Ferrol, Melide, Cambre, A Coruña, Arteixo, Santiago de Compostela, Lugo and Ourense.
As part of their facilities, two of these centres include spaces to care for elderly people as a pioneering intergenerational experience in Spain. Specifically, the intergenerational centre in Ourense houses in the same building the nursery school and a day centre for elderly people to promote personal independence and to prevent dependence. On the other hand, the centre in Arteixo is made up of a nursery school and a nursing home for elderly people with a day centre.