Child in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) is part of the Finnish education system and an important stage on the child’s path of growing and learning. The mission of ECEC is to promote children’s holistic growth, development and learning in collaboration with their guardians.
All children under school-age have a subjective right to ECEC should their parents so decide. The Finnish ECEC is based on an integrated approach to care, education and teaching, the so-called “educare” model. Learning through play is essential.
ECEC in Vantaa is primarily organised in day-care centres and in family day-care. Forms of open early childhood education including clubs, open day care and residential parks for children and their families.

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Early childhood education in the capital region

Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen have signed an inter-municipal agreement on the organisation of early childhood education when a family moves to another agreement municipality. Children’s early childhood education can be organised in the previous municipality of residence until the end of the following autumn or spring term and until no later than the start of pre-primary education. These families will receive a new temporary early childhood education decision.
Helsinki and Espoo are included in the trial for free early childhood education for under 5-year-old children. Free early childhood education does not apply to those children who are residents of Helsinki or Espoo but attend early childhood education in Vantaa.