Is this rule there because you don't pay for preschool?
I think you should continue doing some runs, going to the grocery store etc., within reason and not worrying. Maybe explaining your work hours would be helpful so that you don't seems suspicious...?
Yeah, agree that the rules are quite frustrating. There is another rule that many don’t know about either.
If one of the parents take a day off for a trip for example, you’re not aloud to have the child at preschool at all that day.
And about the grocery shopping, nope not aloud. Here we have a standard time of 30min of when you can drop off and when you start working. But even if you only have like 5 min you’re not aloud to stop. (For longer commute you need an exception).
But I guess the rules are there since it is basically tax money paying for it and the preschool is there to make people work.
We do pay for it, just less than they pay in other countries. It's a bit more than $2000 a year. Huh, I can see how that fits in their rules - one parents isn't working and so the kid can't go to work. Even if that parent isn't actually around to watch the child!
And yes, I agree that since most of the cost comes out of tax money and the preschool is there for working parents, it makes sense that you aren't allowed to do personal things. But it's still frustrating! I love our preschool, I really appreciate that it's affordable and so close to home (3 minute bike ride!). It's wonderful. But I also like down time when I can go running :) There might be a standard time of 30 minutes here too, but since we have such short commutes I'm not worried about it.
It seems like there might be a difference in the philosophy of the purpose of the child schools in Sweden vs. Norway. In Norway (where we paid maybe 2x what you do in Sweden but still an order of magnitude less than we do in the US) the barnehager are about learning through play, socialization, and learning Norwegian values (more or less). That it is also child care is a given, but I never got the feeling that that was the only purpose. I'm not aware of any rules that a child can't be in school if a parent isn't working. In fact, a lot of stay-at-home immigrant parents are being encouraged to send their kids to school, since that is seen as a way of integrating the kids, learning Norwegian, etc.
I'm surprised that there is such a difference between the two countries here!
Also the yearly cost in Sweden is less than the monthly cost in Boston so stay there for a few more years. :-)
How frustrating. They need to understand the importance of running to a parents mental health. Also, agree with Christina, the whole year is significantly less than a month in Cambridge! Childcare almost broke the bank...