Pre-primary education

Pre-primary education starts on 9 August 2018. Enrolment for pre-primary education in the 2018–2019 school year takes place on 8–22 January 2018 using the online pre-primary education application form. Application for early childhood education connected to pre-primary education takes place using the same form.

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.