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Support for early childhood education and preschool education

Support for child development and learning is organised in Vaasa as part of the daily activities of early childhood education and preschool education.

Support is primarily provided through a variety of flexible arrangements within the child’s own daycare, preschool or family daycare group.

Support for growth and learning

The role of early childhood education is to support the positive development of the child through dialogue between the guardian(s) and early childhood education staff.

We strive to identify a child’s need for support at the earliest possible stage and to offer different forms of support.

Early childhood education and preschool activities, as well as the learning environment itself, should be adapted to the child’s needs in order to promote the child’s opportunities for learning and development. Supporting and strengthening a child’s strengths in an open and positive environment encourages the child to overcome their challenges.

The child’s early childhood education plan

Every child attending a daycare or family daycare facility will have a personalised early childhood education plan prepared for them, which covers the child’s learning, teaching and care. The plan also records any potential support needed for the child as well as support measures taken and how they were implemented.

Reducing group size, and assistant services

If necessary, the size of the children’s group can be reduced if the group has one or more members in need of support or it is possible to hire an assistant.

Expert services

 In cooperation with the family, a child may also be referred to other experts, such as a psychologist, speech therapist, ergotherapist, physiotherapist or social worker, if necessary.

Other support services for a child, such as therapy or medical rehabilitation, must be integrated with the rest of the daycare activities. It is important that the network around the child cooperates with the child’s guardian(s).

Preschool education

Preschool education uses the three-tiered support model in the Basic Education Act. The support is divided into three parts: general aid, enhanced aid and special aid.

The support received by a child should be flexible, planned and vary according to the need for support. In addition, support at the level and form necessary will be provided for as long as required.

Special teachers of early childhood education

The City of Vaasa employs 15 special teachers of early childhood education (VEO). Each early childhood education centre has its own dedicated special teacher.

Special teachers of early childhood education

  • follow and observe the child’s development and learning.
  • work individually or in groups with the children.
  • assess the need for child support in cooperation with the child’s guardian(s) and early childhood education staff.
  • work with the child’s guardian(s), early childhood education staff and other experts.
  • provide support and guidance in the planning and implementation of the child’s care, education and learning.
  • supervise assistants.

Contact us

Contact details and responsibilities of special teachers of early childhood education

Alatalo Päivi

  •  Punahilkan päiväkoti, Sudentie 4, 65350 Vaasa
  • 040 846 5320
  • Area of responsibility: Punahilkan päiväkoti, Inkerinpuiston päiväkoti

Grandér Ida

  • Alkulan päiväkoti, Rossgatan 1, 65380 Vasa
  • 040 631 7328
  • Area of responsibility: Folkhälsans daghem, Sundom daghem, Vindängens daghem

Haag-Säätelä Tina

  • Kappelinmäen päiväkoti, Eräpolku 2, 65370 Vaasa
  • 040 558 7017
  • Area of responsibility: Alkulan päiväkoti, Lyhty, Tuulenpesän päiväkoti

Juupaluoma Ulla

  • Malmöntalon päiväkoti, Vöyrinkatu 2, 65100 Vaasa
  • 040 637 2444
  • Area of responsibility: Malmöntalon päiväkoti, Metsäkallion päiväkoti, Inkerinpuiston päiväkoti (Language immersion in Swedish)

Laitalainen Sari

  • Pukinkulman päiväkoti, II krs., Näkinkuja 2a, 65230 Vaasa
  • 040 190 4376
  • Area of responsibility: Länsimetsän päiväkoti, Palosaaren päiväkoti, Tiitiäinen (1.11.19 -), Family daycare, North area

Muotio Isa

  • Malmögårdens daghem, Vörågatan 2, 65100 Vasa
  • 040 485 9523
  • Area of responsibility: Hemstrands daghem, Kaptensgatans daghem, Malmögårdens daghem, Trollbergets daghem, Vikinga förskola

Mäenpää Tiina

  • Teeriniemen päiväkoti, Joutsenenkatu 8, 65320 Vaasa
  • 040 667 1953
  • Area of responsibility: Teeriniemen päiväkoti, Purolan päiväkoti

Norrgård Miia

  • Ristinummen päiväkoti, Ostospolku 2, 65370 Vaasa
  • 040 519 2237
  • Area of responsibility: Esikon päiväkoti, Kappelinmäen päiväkoti, Ristinummen päiväkoti, Klemettilän päiväkoti, Taikametsän päiväkoti, Family daycare: Ristinummi

Norrgård-Pensar Carola

  • Gerby daghem, Sandmovägen 1, 65280 Vasa
  • 040 558 7533
  • Area of responsibility: Björkdungens daghem, Granvikens daghem, Nallebo

Rinta-Jouppi Gitta

  • Pukinkulman pk, II krs., Näkinkuja 2a, 65230 Vaasa
  • 040 352 3137
  • Area of responsibility: Isolahden päiväkoti, Paakarin päiväkoti, Pukinkulman päiväkoti, Touhula Pursimiehenkadun päiväkoti

Saha Jaana

  • Huvikummun päiväkoti, Keskuskatu 17, 65320 Vaasa
  • 040 190 4376
  • Area of responsibility: Huvikummun päiväkoti, Touhula Kalliokadun päiväkoti, Touhula Kiillekujan päiväkoti,  Satamapuiston päiväkoti, Pikku kasarmin päiväkoti,

Silander Towa

  • Alkulan päiväkoti, Rossgatan 1, 65380 Vasa
  • 040 354 6030
  • Area of responsibility: Gustavsborgs daghem, Haga daghem, Strandsvalans daghem

Sorri Tiina

  • Vähäkyrö -talo, Vähänkyröntie 11, 66500 Vähäkyrö
  • 040 565 2845
  • Area of responsibility: Pikkuonnin päiväkoti, Tervajoen päiväkoti, Villin lännen päiväkoti, Taikametsän päiväkoti, Suvilahden päiväkoti (- 31.10.19), Veitikka, Family daycare: Vähäkyrö

Stara Karin

  • Suvilahden päiväkoti, Jyväskylänkatu 2, 65350 Vaasa
  • 040 190 8639
  • Area of responsibility: Pilke Pikkuponin päiväkoti, English Playschool, Tuuliniityn päiväkoti, Rantapääskyn päiväkoti

Södergård Maria

  • Alkulan päiväkoti, Rossgatan 1, 65380 Vasa
  • 040 548 3463
  • Area of responsibility: Iduna daghem, Rödluvans daghem, Manna daghem, Lill kasern daghem, Kolibridalens daghem, Family daycare: swedish