Does anyone have experience with creche/daycare centres in Zagreb? Especially the state-run ones? I was wondering what the staff:child ratios were in the groups for younger kids 1-2 years old.
I've talked to a private creche who told me their ratio is 1 teacher for 6 toddlers (ages 1-2) in a group. My neighbours have said that in state jaslice that the groups can have 20 children with only one teacher (and other helpers come in to assist with mealtimes etc). Anyone have any experience in Zagreb?
So I talked to a Jaslice teacher and she told me that City of Zagreb jaslice (so for the young toddlers) have 19 in a group - for every teacher. It is possible that throughout the year they will have student assistants but that's not guaranteed. Private ones I've spoken to with the same age group have between 6-8 for every teacher.
My son didn't start going to state vrtic until he was 3 and it is how you say, about 20 kids in the class with 1 carer. That seems like a lot, but I have to say that those carers really seem to love their job and look after the kids very well. Everyone seems to get the attention they need and the kids seem to also like their teta's. I'm very impressed with how well equipped the rooms are and the food also seems to be pretty good. The price is the best bit !!
I'm extremely pleased with our local state run kindergarten. Two elderly ladies who really love their job take care of, I think, around 25 children in our group, and there are lots of different activities that the children can participate in. Food is healthy (daily menu is visible on their web site), and they are well equipped. There's also a third younger teacher whose primary target is handling a slow child in their group. From what I've heard, that idyllic situation is not a typical case and generally it's very hard to find a place in kindergarten (depending on your location). We were really lucky, I guess.
Generally, private kindergartens are in much worse state, usually with little or no outside areas, frequently rotating and confused teachers and generally suffering from lack of space.
Last Edit: Aug 16, 2013 12:08:24 GMT 1 by justapixel
The cost for jaslice & vrtić in Zagreb is really nothing (thanks to 'city funding)'. In Zagorje, my in-laws pay close to 2000 hrk for full daycare and here we can get care for max 650 hrk per month I think. Some private places in Zagreb can also get 'subfinancieanje' from the City so that also helps.
The thing I like about the private daycares is that they can have more teachers/carers per child and communicate well with parents. They also seem to be a bit more international in their approach. However, they are in some out-of-the-way locations, or their outside area is a bit odd, or they seem to always have new teachers.
The state daycares are good in that they are in handy locations and many have some kind of outside area that is appropriate and they are cheaper. I guess it all boils down to a good and caring teacher in either case.
I talked to another couple of state-run jaslice who told me that for part of the day there are indeed two teachers on duty for part of the day - their shifts overlap to cover "peak-times". So one teacher starts at 6am for example and leaves at 2pm, the other starts 8am and leaves at 4pm (or thereabouts). They also said that is is quite rare to have a full group of kids - usually there are about 12-16, but it can be less or more.
Anyhow, I hope this thread is useful for parents in Zagreb pondering the whole private/public dilemma.