Child in preschool
Before starting compulsory education, children must participate in a year-long preschool education. Preschool education is arranged in municipal and private day-care centers that have been accepted as official preschool education places for the school year.
Preschools follow the same working hours and vacations as schools. The guardians are responsible for the child's regular attendance at preschool education. Absence of over two weeks has to be requested from the director of the day-care center by filling in a form.
Four hours of preschool education a day is free of charge, and it includes one hot meal.
Development and learning support and student welfare are also provided in preschool.