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Preschool education

Pre-school begins one year before the child starts real school. Pre-school consist of four daily lessons during school hours.

In Helsinki, free pre-school education is provided by daycare centres and some schools.

All pre-school groups share the same curriculum. 

Pre-school education became compulsory at the beginning of 2015. This means that a child must participate in pre-school education, or other pre-school training that meets similar objectives for one year, one year prior to enrolling in actual school. A pre-school child is still entitled to daycare. 

The Department of Early Education and Care is in charge of Finnish language pre-school education, and the Education Department of the Swedish language equivalent.

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