Pre-primary education

Pre-primary education starts on 13 August 2020. The registration period for pre-primary education for the school year 2020–2021 is 8–20 January 2020. All six-year-old children (born in 2014) must participate in pre-primary education in the 2020-2021 school year. 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.

The registration period for pre-primary education for the school year 2020-2021 is 8–20 January 2020. Applications sent in during the registration period will be processed first.

The implementation of the new application system will start in spring 2020. The new system for early childhood education eVaka is already in use for club application and the implementation is expanding for pre-primary education on January and for early childhood education applications later in the spring.   

If you apply a place for a sibling of the pre-primary education student on autumn 2020, leave the application after 9.3.2020, when the new application system will be in use. All applications sent before 1.4.2020 will be processed at the same time.   

If you need pre-primary education on spring 2020 you need to fill paperapplication. Forms for pre-primary education.    

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.