Compulsory education for children born in 2016 begins in the autumn 2023. All children permanently residing in Finland must attend school. If your child does not know Finnish or Swedish, you should enrol the pupil in preparatory education, which helps the child gain the adequate language skills. You can enrol a pupil in preparatory education throughout the year.
Information package sent to homes
The Education Division sends an information package, including a printed copy of the Welcome to school PDF guide to the future first-graders during October and November 2022.
Compulsory education note
Your child’s local school is stated in the compulsory education note and online on Asti at asti.hel.fi during 9–29 January 2023. On Asti, logging in is required to access this information. Compulsory education notes will be posted to homes 4 January 2023 onwards.
Enrolling to comprehensive school
Enrol your child to school on the Asti online service during 9−29 January 2023. On Asti you will be able to accept a place in your local school based on your home address. Find instructions and learn more about the online enrolment here: Online enrolment.
You can also enrol your child by visiting the assigned local school on Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 8.00−10.00 am. Bring the compulsory education note that states the child's local school, and your online banking credentials, or an ID with you.
In some situations, you can enrol your child only by visiting the local school assigned to your child on Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 8.00−10.00 am. These situations are a) extended compulsory education b) starting school a year earlier or a year later than what is statutory. For more information, please see Enrolment at school.
In some situations, you can enrol only by visiting the school you wish to get a place in on 25 January 2023 at 8am−10 am. These situations are a) you wish to apply for a place in a school other than the local school due to the child's A1 language study choice, b) you wish to apply for a place in a school other than the local school for any other reason.
If a child is attending pre-primary education in a private or state-run school and starts first grade in the same school, you should notify the local school’s principal. The local school is stated in the compulsory education note.
Applying to weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education, and basic education in English
The enrolment period for the weighted-curriculum, bilingual and English-language education starting from grade 1 in August 2023 was 9–29 January 2023. The enrolment period for the aptitude/language test has now ended.
If your family moves to Helsinki after January, you can apply for a vacant place in the supplementary application round that takes place in the spring or early summer 2023. The the supplementary application will only be organised for those classes where space is available. Dates and details will be confirmed later.Learn more about current admissions on the page How and when to apply to basic education in different languages.
If a child applies to weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education or basic education in English, the guardian does not need to go to the Asti online service to enrol. If the child does not get a place in the study programme that they applied for, they have the right to go to their assigned local school. In this case, a guardian should contact the local school principal.
Pupils moving to Helsinki
When your family moves to Helsinki, contact the principal of your child's local school. Find out what your local school is by entering your home address in the search field on the Service Map website.