What is Pre-primary Education?

The year in pre-primary education is an important period in a child's life. In pre-primary education, children learn through playing, activities, and experiences, and gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for school.

Pre-primary education serves as a bridge between early childhood education and school. Pre-primary education helps children to adapt to school culture. Early childhood education and pre-primary education together form a coherent whole and a foundation for lifelong learning.

Finding the joy of learning and preserving the motivation is one of the most important goals in pre-primary education. During the year in pre-primary education, children learn many important skills that they need in school and everyday life. The most important goals are to enhance children's self-esteem through positive learning experiences and teach social and group skills. In addition, pre-primary education emphasizes learning independence and self-control. In pre-primary education, children gain basic knowledge and skills in different fields. Pre-primary education also gathers information about children's development, learning abilities, and habits in order to make starting school as easy as possible.

Pre-primary education is defined in the Basic Education Act and the contents is based on the Finnish National Board of Education's Grounds for preschool education curriculum (2014). In Vantaa, pre-primary education is also based on Vantaa's pre-primary education plan (2019) and Vantaa's early childhood education plan (2019).

Cooperation Between Home and Pre-primary Education

Guardians have the primary responsibility for the education and wellbeing of their child(ren). Education partnering between the guardians and the education personnel means in early childhood education and pre-primary education that both parties are committed to the education process.

The guardians are given information on the contents of pre-primary education, as well as on development and learning support. The learning plan and the curriculum describe how pre-primary education should be carried out together with the family. In the fall, the parents and the personnel make a personal pre-primary education curriculum (LEOPS) for each child. The curriculum includes child-specific goals for the year in pre-primary.

If a child needs learning support, guardians can participate in the planning and monitoring. The welfare work in preschool is always done in cooperation with the guardians and with their permission. The guardians are always entitled to participate in discussions and information transfer concerning their own child.