Pre-school education is mainly for children who will turn six on that particular calendar year.
Pre-primary education constitutes part of the life-long learning path that begins at home and in early childhood education, and continues after pre-primary education in basic education.
Pre-primary education aims to bolster a child's developmental and learning potentials, as well as to strengthen the child’s social skills and healthy self-esteem together with the child’s family. Pre-primary education is obligatory, goal-oriented, and based on a curriculum. A learning plan will be compiled for every child, together with the children and their guardians.
In pre-primary education, children experience and learn as part of a peer group. Pre-primary education consists of learning packages of varying scope and implementation that are based on the children’s interests, as well as on pre-primary education’s joint goals. Learning in pre-primary education, thus, largely takes place through playing, and there is always time for playing during every pre-primary education day. In addition to play, different kind of experiential and operational approaches offer experiences and boost the children's learning motivation.
Vantaa is taking part in a trial in which children will start pre-primary education at the age of five. The trial involves children born in 2016 and 2017. The two-year pre-primary education trial provides robust support for children’s growth and learning. Children participating in the trial have the right to receive support for their development, learning and wellbeing.