Preparatory Education for Pre-Primary-Aged Children

Children with an immigrant background, returnee children, children from bilingual families (other than Finnish-Swedish) and adopted children who need support in learning Finnish or study skills before they move on to basic education can apply for preparatory education for six-year-olds.

Preparatory education for six-year-olds is arranged in conjunction with pre-primary classes at school. Pupils receiving preparatory education are given a safe, multicultural learning environment in the pre-primary class where the child can become acquainted with the Finnish school and its working methods already before he/she begins his/her actual education. In addition to the pre-primary teacher, the children are instructed by a resource teacher who is acquainted with multiculturalism and supports the child’s linguistic, cognitive and social skills as well as a bicultural identity.

Enrolment in preparatory education for six-year-olds is done simultaneously with enrolment in other pre-primary education. More information is available from the Finnish Education Unit, tel. 09 816 52024.

Instruction in one’s own mother tongue for immigrants and maintenance of a foreign language acquired abroad

Immigrant pupils, returnee pupils, children from bilingual families and adopted children who are receiving pre-primary education at school can enrol in instruction in one’s own mother tongue for immigrants using the form entitled “Maahanmuuttajien äidinkielen opetus/vieraan kielen ylläpito-opetus”, which is available from day care centres or online. The address for submitting the enrolment form is written on the form. Pupils are enrolled in instruction beginning in the autumn in April. The aim is to organise classes if the required number of 6-year-old pupils enrols in the same language.