Pre-primary education is provided in day care centres and schools between 8 am – 1 pm for 4 hours per day on average during the school year. The Finnish Child Care and Education Committee decides on the places where pre-primary education is provided each year.
Early childhood education in conjunction with pre-primary education
Pre-primary day care centres and schools provide day care in the mornings before pre-primary education begins and in the afternoons after it ends. Day care is subject to a charge. Day care in conjunction with pre-primary education is applied for at the same time as pre-primary education, using the same form.
Pre-primary education involves systematic education and upbringing
Pre-primary education consists of activities that facilitate a child’s learning, growth and development. Children talk, play games, exercise, study, experiment, acquire knowledge and solve problems. Pre-primary education strengthens the child’s self-esteem and provides positive learning experiences as well as opportunities to interact with peers in diverse ways.
The instructed topics are language and interaction, mathematics, ethics and philosophy, environmental and natural sciences, health, physical and motor development, art and culture.
Documents regulating pre-primary education
The planning and provision of pre-primary education is regulated by the National Core Curriculum for Pre-School Education and the Espoo Pre-Primary Education Curriculum. In addition, each group prepares a more detailed strategy for autumn and spring. An individual pre-primary education plan is also prepared for each child together with his/her guardians.