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Welcome to pre-primary education

Pre-primary education is offered in a number of daycare centres and primary schools in Helsinki. All children permanently living in Finland go to free pre-primary education for one school year before their basic education begins. Additionally, children who have recently moved to Finland and are of the appropriate age can apply for pre-primary education.

A day in pre-primary education consists of four hours of instruction, and schedules follow the academic year. When you apply for pre-primary education for your child, you can also apply for additional municipal daycare, which supplements your child's year in pre-primary education.

Pre-primary education in Finland can sometimes be referred as preschool, as in the documents below:

Download the Welcome to pre-primary education letter in your own language below: 

In Arabic: Welcome to preschool (pdf)

In English: Welcome to preschool (pdf)

In Somali: Welcome to preschool (pdf)

In Russian: Welcome to preschool (pdf)

Applying for pre-primary education for the year 2021–2022

Apply for pre-primary education for the year 2021–2022 on the City of Helsinki E-service.

Learn more about applying for pre-primary education
Go to E-services

Please note that you cannot apply for a pre-primary education place at a private daycare centre via City of Helsinki’s E-service. If you wish to apply for a pre-primary education place at a private daycare centre, please contact the private daycare centre directly.

Applying with paper application

You can use a paper application form to apply for a pre-primary education place in the follow situations:

  • your child does not have a Finnish social security number
  • your family does not have online banking credentials
  • you are otherwise unable to apply electronically

Please post your application to the daycare centre that is you first option in the application.

Application form for pre-primary education (pdf)

Notification of absence in pre-primary education (pdf) 

To learn more about pre-primary education, contact the municipal daycare centres. Daycare centres providing pre-primary education.

See also: Pre-primary education in different languages

Guardians will be informed about applying for pre-primary education for the year 2022–2023 in early 2022.



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