Pre-primary education

Pre-primary education lays emphasis on the preparation for school. The national core curriculum was prepared in extensive co-operation between all relevant stakeholders, including local authorities and their day-care centres and schools. Each education provider is obliged to draft a local curriculum based on the national core curriculum.

The general principles in the core curriculum emphasise the child's individuality and the significance of active learning and the importance of acting as a group member. Pre-primary education is based on the child's own knowledge, skills and experiences. Its focus is on play and a positive outlook on life. Another central consideration is to promote the child's own initiative and to emphasise its significance as the foundation for all activities.

The national core curriculum for pre-primary education was renewed in 2014. Pre-primary education providers are required to prepare and adopt a local curriculum compliant with the renewed core curriculum in August 2016 the latest.

You can purchase printed copies of the core curriculum on our online bookstore. The user interface is currently only available in Finnish and Swedish. Copies are also available through international bookstores. The core curriculum can also be purchased in electronic format on eBooks.com, Amazon, Ingram and iTunes.