Future first-graders will receive a guidebook for the start of school (Tervetuloa kouluun) in late October or early November

An information package on starting school will be posted to future first-graders in the coming days

Compulsory education for children who were born in 2013 will begin in autumn 2020. Future first-graders will receive a guidebook for the start of school (Tervetuloa kouluun) in late October or early November and their compulsory education note in the beginning of January. In Helsinki, school enrolment starts on Tuesday 7 January 2020.

Schools will be organising events that provide information on starting school and other practical matters for the guardians of future first-graders between 15 November 2019 and 22 January 2020. The dates and times of the school-specific events can be found on the schools’ websites at edu.hel.fi/kouluhaku. Comprehensive information on starting school can also be found on the website.

Future first-graders will receive their compulsory education note in late 2019 or early 2020. The note will include the child’s local school, temporary Wilma ID for school enrolment and the date of their first day at school.

Next autumn’s first-graders must enrol for school starting from 7 January. You can enrol your child at your local school through the Wilma system from 7 to 23 January 2020 at wilma.edu.hel.fi. You can also enrol by visiting the school 8:00–10:00 or 17:00–19:00 on Thursday 23 January 2020. The studies in an A1 language, meaning the first foreign language or a second domestic language, start in the first grade, and the language selection must be made at the time of enrolment.

The work and holiday periods in comprehensive schools in the academic year 2020–2021 are reviewed in the Finnish language division of the Education Division on 5 November. This information will be updated onto the edu.hel.fi/tervetuloakouluun website immediately following the decision.