Kindergartens

 
 

The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo operates 511 kindergartens for approximately 15,000 toddlers and children aged 3-6. The vision that guides the Tel Aviv-Yafo Preschool Education System is to lead and promote the city’s children to optimal development in a safe, moral and academic environment with a commitment to excellence, professionalism and quality service.

 

Registration for Gan (kindergarten in Hebrew) takes place during the months of January, February and March prior to the upcoming school year.

 

Kindergarten provides an educational framework for preschoolers where learning is fun and exciting through experiential learning and games. The purpose of the kindergarten program is to foster a framework to promote cognitive abilities, emotional, social and motoric development of the child while instilling values, knowledge and culture through an educational framework. Additionally, students learn about their religious and national heritage.

 

Click here for the Full list of Kindergartens​ [in Hebrew)

 

Registration for Kindergartens and elementary schools (in Hebrew)

Operation Hours

The Municipal kindergartens are operating between Sunday to Thursday from 7:35-14:00 and on Friday from 7:35-12:45.
The Moadoniot are operating between Sunday to Thursday from 14:00-16:30.
On vacations, the Moadoniot are operating from 08:00-16:00.

Kindergarten FAQ

Q: What does a Sample Gan Day look like?
7:30 Gan Opens
7:35-8:30 opening of the gate: Children and parents are greeted. Children are led to game/play tables or groups
8:30-10:00: Morning session
10:00-10:30 : Breakfast.
10:30-12:30: Free play in gan or outside in the garden
12:30: Fruit or Veggie Snack
12:45-14:00: Didactic Play/Games and End of day session, games/play
14:00 End of day

Q: Is there a List of Kindergartens:
A: Yes- Click here

Q: What is the address of the Kindergarten Facebook Group?
A: Click here

Q: What is the process for trom trom hova:
A: Some important points to note:

  • The registration period is between January-February.
  • Children entering trom trom hovah are Three years old
  • If you have your arnona bill in your name and your Tel Aviv Address on your ID/Attachement, you can register on the internet and do not need to go to the Municipality
    The internet site to register will be sent to you the day before the registration begins, and will be published on both the Municipal website and facebook site. You can also write reinach_j@tel-aviv.gov.il at the time if you need extra support.
  • The registration will ask you to enter in an ID number for you and your child, as well as the child's birth date, from where you will move to the screen of choice of a stream (mamlachi or dati-mamlachti ) . From there you will be sent to the Priority selection screen (you can select 2 priorities) and from there to other screens. Please note that at the end of the registration you receive confirmation by text and email.

Q: If my child is an a private 'mukar' gan how do I let the iriya know?
A: If your son is in a gan prati 'mukar".... you go to the gan, request a special form and enter it into the registration system. You would fill out Form Dalet.

Q: How can I request that my child attend akindergarten with friends?
A: In principle there is a special form that you will be able to fill out. In addition, you can always appeal during the appeal period.

Q: Is registration to trom hova or hova automatic once my child is in the kindergarten system?
A: No. You would need to register each year.

Q: What can I do if my kindergarten does not have a tzaharon?
A: The convening of a tzaharon at the gan in the afternoon is usually dependent on having at least 15 children signed up. What usually happens if there is no tzaharon, is that some parents seek other perhaps private options in the area. 
Other Information about the Kindergarten System is located in the link

Q: How do I know when I register if my selected kindergarten will have trom trom or trom or hova only, versus 'mixed ages'
A: Due to the dynamics of the city, and the changing number of children each year entering the system, we usually only know the 'make up' of gan levels/ages, after all the placements have been made.

Q: What is the maximum number of children per kindergarten?
A. Up to 35.

Q: Are there kindergarten payments?
A: There is no payment for gan itself. This year there was a one time payment for insurance purposes of 49 NIS. There was also what is called 'sal tarbut' (cultural basket) and 'talan' – (additional studies beyond traditional programming)… which was @ 670 NIS per year (and is paid in 3 installments).
The fee for the traditional tzaharon was fixed at 909 NIS.

Tzaharon- Afternoon School Program

Q: How does tzaharon work?
A: Tzaharon is an afternoon school program in most schools in Tel Aviv. It is either provided by a company which 'won' a tender or via a private parents' committee. In many schools in the South/East part of the City, there is a 'long school day program' which is highly subsidized.

Q: Is transportation provided?
A: In some schools and according to certain criteria.

Q: Are all tzaharonim private?
A: No

Q: Is there a list of private tzaharon options for elementary school?
A: For any private tzaharonim operated outside of the schools, you would need to contact them directly.

Q: If outside of the school, is transportation provided?
A: You would need to contact these private service providers directly.

Transitions from Gan to First Grade

Q: How does the school help children transition from gan to 1st grade ?
A: Preparation starts already in gan hova with the ganenet preparing the child: talking about what to expect and so forth. In addition, after school assignments are made, gan children are invited one morning with his/her parents to meet with the assigned school. In addition, it could be noted that some schools have special study areas in Grade 1 which are similar to gan surroundings, albeit adopted to Grade 1 needs. This strategy has been carried out in schools in order to help the transition from gan to 1st grade, as well as to support learning.
 
Q: How is integration approached for first grade students?
A: Our first grade teachers are specially trained to help each first grade student ease into the transition to becoming a student and a member of his/her new school community.