Pre-primary education

Pre-primary education starts on 8 August 2019. The registration period for pre-primary education for the school year 2019–2020 is 8–21 January 2019. Please register using the electronic pre-primary education application form. You can use the same form to apply for early childhood education in addition to pre-primary education.

More detailed information is available on the Enrolment and decision-making page.

Pre-primary education is compulsory

Before the beginning of compulsory education, children must attend one year of pre-primary education or other activities that meet the objectives of pre-primary education.

Pre-primary education is offered at both day-care centres and schools for four hours per day between 8 am and 1 pm.

Pre-primary education is well-planned upbringing and teaching

Pre-primary education consists of activities that support the learning, inclusion, development and growth of children. These involve discussion, playing, sports and exercise, exploration, experimentation, information acquisition and problem-solving. Pre-primary education bolsters children’s self-esteem, offering positive learning experiences as well as opportunities for diverse interaction with other children in the same age group. Read more on the Planning and implementation of pre-primary education page.