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How to enrol in preparatory education

Preparatory education requires prior registration. It may be started in the middle of a school year. Only enrol your child in a school after the child has moved to Finland.

Here is how you can enrol your child in preparatory education

7–8-year-olds:

  1. Find your nearest school on the service map. Enter your home address in the search field. A list indicating your local school will be displayed below.
  2. Fill in this form. If you need help with the form, please contact the planning officer.
  3. Send the form directly to the principal of your local school.

9–17-year-olds:

  1. Fill in this form. If you need help with the form, please contact the planning officer.
  2. Send the filled in form via email to valmistavaopetus@hel.fi or by post to Preparatory Education, Education Division, PO BOX 51300.
  3. The school will contact you when they are ready to enrol your child.

Here is how you can enrol your child in preparatory education at a preschool

A preschool-aged child has arrived in Finland:

  1. Find the nearest daycare centre on the service map.
  2. Make an appointment with the daycare centre to file your application.
  3. You can fill in the application form in advance or during the appointment.

A child is in daycare and about to start preschool:

  1. Talk to the daycare centre’s staff about your situation.
  2. The daycare staff will be able to help you with the application.

A child is already attending preparatory preschool education and about to transfer to first class:

  1. Enrol your child in school in January in the usual way.
  2. Later in spring, the daycare staff will assess whether your child will require more preparatory education during first class.
  3. Your child’s early education teacher will ask you to fill in a registration form for preparatory education, if necessary.

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