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Two-year pre-primary education

The daycare centres that participate in the trial for two-year pre-primary education have been announced

The municipal daycare centres in Helsinki to participate the trial are:

Daycare Tahvonlahti, Daycare Leskenlehti, Daycare Immola, Daycare Valkea, Daycare Tilhi, Daycare Kivilinna, Daycare Korento, Daycare Vallesmanni, Daycare Norppa, Daycare Kotitorppa, Daycare Karavaani, Daycare Satama, Daycare Kurkimoisio, Daycare Merituuli, Daycare Ilomäki, Daycare Kamomilla, Daycare Käpylinna, Daycare Porolahti, Daycare Kulosaari, Daycare Floora, Daycare Merirasti, Daycare Meri, Daycare Kivelä, Daycare Nestori, Daycare Pihlaja, Daycare Siilitie, Daycare Havukka, Daycare Pentinkulma, Daycare Herttoniemi, Daycare Tuorinniemi, Daycare Vaskiniitty, Daycare Kurki, Daycare Viskuri, Daycare Neulanen, Daycare Liinakko, Daycare Impivaara, Daycare Satakieli, Daycare Perttu, Daycare Katiska, Daycare Toivo, Daycare Tammi, Daycare Ruskeasuo, Daycare Keula, Daycare Torpparinmäki, Daycare Rastis, Daycare Domus

Welcome to the two-year pre-primary education trial

Two-year pre-primary education trial starting in August 2021

A two-year pre-primary education trial is starting in Helsinki in August 2021 The trial is being carried out by the Ministry of Education and Culture. About 10,000 five-year-olds born in Finland in 2016 or 2017 are included in the trial. Certain Finnish- and Swedish-speaking daycare centres of the City of Helsinki will participate in the trial. The daycare centres participating in the trial have been selected by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The needs of younger children are addressed in two-year pre-primary education. The aim is to strengthen the child’s conception of themselves as a learner. Pre-primary education involves learning in an activity-oriented manner through play and study and providing the child with the support they need as early as possible. Guardians can also develop pre-primary education at the level of the entire City together with the staff.

Children who have been in pre-primary education in the selected daycare centres or applied for a transfer from another daycare centre by 8 April 2021 will be included in the trial. In addition, some of the children who belong to the age group living in a trial area have also been selected for the trial. The selection has been made by the Ministry of Education and Culture based on sampling. The children selected in the trial will form the trial group. All other Helsinki-based children born in 2016 will form the control group. Children in the control group will continue their early childhood education as usual and take part in pre-primary education one year before they start school.

The two-year pre-primary education involves four hours of free education a day. Other five-year-old children will also continue to be offered free early childhood education. All five-year-olds based in Helsinki have access to high-quality early childhood education, regardless of whether they are included in the trial or not.

Participating in the trial in a trial area requires an application 

Participation in the two-year pre-primary education trial in the daycare centres of Helsinki included in the trial is subject to application. The application form will be supplied to all families with children eligible to participate in the trial. For children born in 2016, the trial will begin in August 2021.

The application should be submitted by 4 June 2021. Applications regarding children in early childhood education should be submitted to the child’s daycare centre. If the child has not yet begun their early childhood education, the application should be submitted by post. If it is not possible for you to submit the application by the deadline, please contact the manager of the daycare centre. The contact details of daycare centres involved in the trial have been delivered to families with the application form.

The application should also be submitted even if the family do not wish for the child to participate in the trial. Families will be contacted again, if necessary.

Participation in the two-year pre-primary education trial is not available for any other children than the children selected in advance by the Ministry of Education and Culture.


Helsinki participates in a trial for two-year pre-primary education

The Ministry of Education and Culture has chosen Helsinki as one of the members to join the trial for two-year pre-primary education. The daycare centres that participate in the trial will be chosen in the spring 2021.

The daycare centres that will participate in the trial will be daycare centres that already offer pre-primary education services. This is why the trial will not concern all of the municipal daycare centres. The guardians whose children attend the daycare centres that participate in the trial will be informed once the daycare centres have been chosen.

The trial period will take place from August 2021 until 2024 in a small number of daycare centres that have been chosen to participate in the trial. The trial concerns children born in 2016 and 2017 so that those born in 2016 will start their two-year trial in August 2021.

All children in Finland attend one year of pre-primary education the year before their compulsory basic education begins. The trial for two-year pre-primary education aims at developing the quality of pre-primary education and increasing the overall equality of education. The aim of the two-year pre-primary education is to give the children a positive understanding of themselves as learners and to provide them with the support they need at an early stage. Two-year pre-primary education focuses on learning through play and fun exploration. In Helsinki, the two-year pre-primary education trial will have its own curriculum, which takes children’s needs in different age levels into consideration.

Since 2018, 5-year-olds in Helsinki have been able to attend free early childhood education for 4 hours a day. Free early childhood education for 5-year-olds continues and applies to every five-year-old child. The two-year pre-primary education trial will be carried out separately and will not apply to all five-year-olds.

The City of Helsinki has developed a child's learning path from early childhood education to pre-primary and primary school education. This work will continue and it is possible that the work will developed during the trial period.



04.06.2021 14:28