A study of the daycare services in Nuuk, prepared by Sermersooq Municipality, indicates that there will be a further 800 children up to the age of six by 2030. This means we will need more nursery and kindergarten places in Nuuk. Several new integrated daycare centres are therefore being built to meet the increasing demand for daycare.

“We already have a long waiting list for nurseries and kindergartens in Nuuk, and the pressure on our daycare centres is enormous. So, it’s essential that we build new integrated daycare centres in the city to accommodate the increasing numbers of children up to the age of six,” says Helene Broberg Bertelsen, Director of the Department of Children, Families and Schools at Sermersooq Municipality.

The strategy for the capital and the development of Nuuk also includes improvements to daycare of slightly older children. A total of three new AKOs (after-school care facilities for six to eight-year-olds) are to be built in Nuuk. Each AKO will accommodate up to 200 children. They will be located in central Nuuk, in Qinngorput and in Siorarsiorfik, closely connected to the schools.

New schools
The urban development of Nuuk also includes plans to raise the standard of the city’s schools and add modern facilities. One of the initiatives is to build two completely new schools, each to accommodate 1200 students – one in the city centre and one in Siorarsiorfik – and an extension to the Atuarfik Hans Lynge School to make room for a further 400 students. With time, the school in central Nuuk will replace the current USK and ASK schools.

“The municipality’s two schools in the city centre are run down, and they won’t be fit for purpose for much longer. There’s a shortage of primary and lower secondary school places, and the need will only increase in the future. I’m therefore extremely delighted to note that schools are a focus area in the plan to develop the city. New, state-of-the-art schools with inspiring learning environments are essential and can help create active and receptive students,” says Helene Broberg Bertelsen.

There is already a shortage of space at the Atuarfik Hans Lynge School. It is therefore necessary to extend the school, and this will be done by building a senior school for 14 to 16-year-olds, with learning requirements tailored to the oldest students.