Welcome to Ruseløkka Barnehage
Ruseløkka Barnehage opened on October 5th, 1992. We are a private nursery started and owned by Käthe Romsaas and Leif Uggen. Both owners work in the nursery on a daily basis.
The nursery began life on the ground floor of an old courtyard built in 1886 – Huitfeldtsgate 32. This is now occupied by the oldest group of children – aged between 3 and 6 years old.
Ruseløkka Barnehage has grown in size over the years and today it consists of four departments: ‘Store’ (the oldest group), ‘Verkstedet’ («the workshop», oldest group), ‘Mini 1’ (ages 1-2) and ‘Mini 2’ (ages 1-2). All four departments lie within a two-block radius and see each other every day.
The nursery is following a three-year plan which consists of art, music and football as areas of focus. Last year we undertook an art project which lasted several months and in which we studied – and allowed ourselves to be inspired by – Joan Miró (have a look here!). This coming year music will take centre stage at Ruseløkka Barnehage – we will be expressing ourselves musically in many different ways. Our main source of inspiration for this project is Bob Dylan.
After being featured several times in Norwegian media, Ruseløkka Barnehage has the reputation for being a football-nursery which trains up new Arsenal fans! Yes, we are undoubtedly interested in football and, with this, extremely loyal fans of Arsenal Football Club.
Football is a culture, football is fun, football is played all over the world and engages more people than any other sport. Football is for everybody, regardless of where you are born.
Putting aside our own enthusiasm for football and enjoyment of the sport, ball games are also beneficial to a child’s learning. A ball is an excellent method for practicing motor skills, whether the feet, arms or even the head are used. Moreover, a ball is a fantastic toy which, unlike other toys, plays back in the sense that it can move towards you, away from you, over you, around you and even bounce back to you. What an incredible invention!
Football is also a team sport/activity where the level of team work and effective passing determines whether or not the team achieves a good result. In Reggio the importance of children interacting, but also thinking together, is emphasised. Imagine the taking of a freekick —
Teaching children to handle a football – and other types of ball – is an important and well-planned activity. We know that ball games will be a big part of the children’s physical education lessons later in life and, of course, the school playground during playtime. It can only be a good thing for the children to be well-prepared for what awaits them!
At Ruseløkka Barnehage we love music and play some form of music every single day. All types of music are represented, but mostly rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s (considering the owners’ ages it’s probably not so surprising that rock ‘n’ roll dominates!).
In addition to our personal interest for good music, it is also a major part of the nursery’s plan as a major area of focus. We would like all of the children at Ruseløkka Barnehage to get a feeling and an understanding of different types of music from different parts of the world.
We believe that a person’s natural musicality can be further developed through listening and through movement. With this in mind we use a large range of games involving movement, from a little Japanese boat made with our hands to an air-guitar band playing The Rolling Stones!
Children learn in different ways and it is therefore very important that we provide a room conducive to aesthetics and creativity so that all children can learn through their own methods of expression.
Ruseløkka Barnehage has always put a huge emphasis on aesthetics and creativity. We call ourselves ‘The Culture Nursery at Vika’ and we are increasingly connecting with creative competence from the city and the local environment. Through the years we have employed designers, artists, singers and drama students, amongst others. At the same time, we go outside of the nursery to actively use the city and what it has to offer by way of culture.
Since 2007 we have had an atelierista working in the nursery. This position is for a person who has an art education and background. The atelierista’s role is to run the nursery’s workshop and, with his/her aesthetic competencies, collaborating with and complementing the teachers’ roles. The atelierista also has the role of inspiring work which falls between rationality and imagination.
The atelierista has a key role in Reggio Emilia’s philosophical mindset.
Ruseløkka Barnehage is in the heart of a friendly and welcoming area, surrounded by beautiful old courtyards. On the way to the park we often meet familiar faces, new and old. We say hello to the crows, dogs, postman and, really, anyone we meet. It’s pretty exciting to have the Police horses visit the park to say hello (we get to stroke the horses!). In the winter we’re lucky to have a long hill in which we can sledge down and you better believe that we go fast!
We get our milk and anything else we might need at the local grocery shop. Outside, on the corner, flowers of all colours are displayed and every now and again we buy some to draw and paint pictures of. The local shop also provides the tasty, fresh fruit and veg that we eat in the nursery every day.
The nursery is positioned directly behind Aker Brygge and we often go down to the wharf to look at the fjord, the boats and people walking by. They also have an excellent park where we can play. We’re also so lucky to only be a short walking distance from the main library, the Palace’s grounds and Vigelandsparken, and we are often visiting these places.
We have a tradition of catching all the National Theatre’s children’s shows, working with the children’s workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art and frequently occupy the other museums and galleries the city has to offer. The Astrup Fearnley contemporary art museum in Tjuvholmen is only a few blocks away, and its exhibitions are an ongoing source of creative inspiration for both our students and our teachers.
We have a privileged location in the heart of the city, and we take full advantage of all that it has to offer.
How to apply
All state-run and privately-owned nurseries in Oslo have a co-ordinated admission process. This means that one applies through a mutually agreed-upon application which can be found on the City of Oslo’s website.
The deadline for this year’s main admission is the 1st March.
A proportion of the nursery’s spaces are reserved for businesses. If you wish to apply for one of these spaces then you must contact the nursery directly.
Please pay attention to the nurseries’ statute, §8: admission of children.