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Preschool education

Preschool children, i.e. 6-year-olds, participate in free preschool education organised by the municipality. In Vaasa, preschool education is organised at daycare centres.

Children receive preschool education for four hours a day.

Preschool education in Finland is based upon the principles of the preschool curriculum approved by the National Board of Education. This curriculum forms the foundation upon which the City of Vaasa has created its common teaching plan for the whole municipality. The City of Vaasa’s preschool plan, in turn, forms the base upon which an individual preschool curriculum is built at each daycare centre.

Preschool education is planned and focuses on long-term teaching and education. The goal of the teaching is to support the child’s growth and development during the year before school age. Other aims are to support the child’s learning skills and to help them experience the joy of learning.

Participation in preschool education is compulsory. It is the responsibility of the child’s guardian to ensure that the child participates in preschool education or in other activities through which the targets of the preschool education are met before compulsory education begins.

Registration for preschool education

Registration is primarily done electronically via the City of Vaasa’s Early Childhood Education Online Services in January. Application times are announced directly on the city’s website, through newspaper advertisements (Vaasan Ikkuna) and via Wilma.

Application time to preschool education for children born in 2014 begins 16th January 2020

Preschool education for the children born in 2014 begins 17th August 2020. Applications to preschool education are submitted 16th January – 31st January 2020. Preschool education is applied for using an electronic application.

If a child needs preschool education (4 hours a day) as well as early childhood education, the electronic enrolment form must meet the requirement for early childhood education in addition to preschool education.

A child is enrolled for preschool education in the geographical area where the child lives when the preschool begins.

It is not possible to select a specific daycare facility when registering. Preschool education for children needing shift care or evening care is arranged at Punahilka daycare centre.

A written decision on a child’s enrolment for preschool education will be posted to the child’s guardians in April. The preschool place must be accepted in writing by the date specified in the decision.

Early childhood education in addition to preschool education

If a child needs preschool education (4 hours a day) as well as early childhood education, the electronic enrolment form must meet the requirement for early childhood education in addition to preschool education.

In such cases, early childhood education and preschool education are organised in the same daycare facility.

Work and holiday times in preschool education

Preschool education follows the holiday periods observed in basic comprehensive education, excluding any working days on Saturdays.

The preschool term begins 16.8.2020 (17.8.2021) and ends 31.5.2021.

Holidays 2020 – 2021:

  • Autumn holiday 14.10. – 16.10.2020
  • Christmas holiday 21.12.2020 – 6.1.2021
  • Winter holiday 1.3. – 5.3.2021
  • Easter 2.4. – 5.4.2021
  • Ascension Day 13.5.2021

Contacts

Contact us

Maria Karvonen

  • +358 6 325 3124

  • +358 50 325 4821

  • Raastuvankatu 29, Vaasa

We are open

  • 9.00-15.00

Different opening hours 2020

  • 24.2. – 28.2. School winter holidays – closed
  • 10.4. – 13.4. Easter – closed
  • 20.5. Open 9 am – 1 pm
  • 21.5. – 22.5. Ascension Day – closed
  • 18.6. Open 9 am – 1 pm
  • 19.6. Midsummer Eve – closed
  • 1.7. – 31.7. Closed
  • 14.10. – 16.10. School holidays – closed
  • 23.12.2020 – 3.1.2021 School Christmas holidays – Closed