Children 1 – 12 years

The Finnish education system

As the Ministry of Education states it: Education is one of the cornerstones of the Finnish welfare society. The educational system offers equal opportunities for education for all. Education from pre-primary to higher education is free of charge in Finland. The new core curricula for pre-primary and basic education adopted in 2016 focus on learning, not steering. Teachers in Finland are highly educated and strongly committed to their work.

The Finnish education system consists of:

You can choose either or Swedish or a Finnish path. Most of the children how start their early childhood education in Swedish will continue the education path in Swedish at least uptil upper secondary education and a vast majority even continue the Swedish path at higher education as well.

Early childhood education and care

Early childhood education supports the child’s growth, development and learning. At the same time, it also makes it possible for the parents to work or study.

You can choose a Swedish daycare for your child, in Finland most of the daycares are provided by the municipality, but you can also choose a private one. The families that choose a Swedish daycare for their children tend to continue with the Pre-primary Education in Swedish and Comprehensive school in Swedish as well.

Helsinki

A variety of daycare options is available for children living in the Capital region, from fulltime five days a week to hiring a nanny.

Early childhood education can be applied all year round. An electronic application , or a version on paper, to municipal daycare must be sent four months prior to the need for care. f the need for care is urgent and/or rises due to employment, studying or education, an early childhood education place must be applied for as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the need for care begins. In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the desired daycare centre directly.

Here is a list to the Swedish daycare centres in Helsinki, both municipality based and private. You can also find the Swedish daycares on this service map . If you allow the map to use your home address it will show you the nearest Swedish daycare centre.

Esbo

On this service map you can easily find the Swedish daycares in Esbo. If you allow the map to use your home address it will show you the nearest Swedish daycare centre.

Early childhood education can be applied all year round. An application to municipal daycare must be sent four months prior to the need for care. If the need for care is urgent and/or rises due to employment, studying or education, an early childhood education place must be applied for as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the need for care begins.

In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the desired daycare centre directly.

Vanda

On this service map you can easily find the Swedish daycares in Vanda . If you allow the map to use your home address it will show you the nearest Swedish daycare centre.

Early childhood education can be applied all year round. An application to municipal daycare must be sent four months prior to the need for care. If the need for care is urgent and/or rises due to employment, studying or education, an early childhood education place must be applied for as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the need for care begins.

In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the desired daycare centre directly.

Grankulla

You can find the daycares in Grankulla on this service map . If you allow the map to use your home address it will show you the nearest daycare centre.

Here you will find a detailed description of the daycare system in Finland and specially in Grankulla/Kauniainen.

Pre primary education

The goal of pre-primary education is to improve children’s opportunities for learning and development. Pre-primary education plays an important part in the continuum stretching from early childhood education and care to basic education. It is compulsory for all children. Pre-primary education is education intended for children aged six who will be starting comprehensive education in the following year. In addition to pre-primary classes of comprehensive schools, pre-primary education is also provided in children’s day care centres. Pre-primary education is free of charge.

The pre-primary education starts in August the year the child will turn six or has already turned six years old. The pre-primary school year follows the calender of the school, starts in August and ends in late May or beginning of June.

You and your child will get information about the pre-primary education around January the same year the pre-primary education start. It might be so that the city has a Finnish language pre-primary school as the school for your child. You can change it to a Swedish pre-primary education. The change can either be done on the web or by contacting the Swedish pre-primary school close to you.

If your child has been in a Swedish daycare and/or you wish that the education path would be Swedish for the whole basic education, then it is important that the pre-primary education is in Swedish as well.

You can also always contact Luckan for more advise.

Pre-primary education in Helsinki

On this service map you will find the Swedish pre-primary education premises in Helsinki.

Contact the one nearest you if you want your child to take the Swedish education pathway.

Pre-primary education in Espoo

Each pre-primary schools in Espoo gather children from the same area as the school. Here you will find the Swedish pre-primary schools in Esbo.

If you have received a Finnish or English letter concerning the pre-primary education, but you would like your child to start in a Swedish pre-primary school, please contact Svenska bildningstjänster,. Svenska bildningstjänster are those who deals with the Swedish education pathway.

Pre-primary education in Vantaa

Short information about the pre-primary school in Vantaa can be found here. If you want to enroll into the Swedish pre-primary education please phone 040182 4080 for more advice.

Pre-primary education in Grankulla/ Kauniainen

Short information about the pre-primary school in Grankulla can be found here. If you want to enroll into the Swedish pre-primary education please contact the Chief of Daycare Education.

Swedish preparatory education

Preparatory education for pre-primary education and basic education is available for children and young people of immigrant backgrounds aged 6–17 years whose Swedish language skills are not adequate to study in Finnish or Swedish speaking groups in comprehensive education.

During preparatory education, within the Swedish schools in the Capital region the pupils learn Swedish and the skills necessary for comprehensive education, inclusive in the same class as their calssmates. Every pupil receives their own education plan. Preparatory education is offered for a maximum of one year from the start of the preparatory education. Within the Swedish schools the preparatory education is offered in the Swedish schools within the same class.

Here you will get more information on how to enroll into the Swedish preparatory education in Helsinki

If you want to get more information on preparatory education in Espoo, please contact Svenska bildningstjänster

For more information about the Swedish schools in Vantaa please phone 040 631 8731 and for Grankulla/Kauniainen contact the headmaster from the Swedish school Hagelstamska skolan.

Comprehensive education

Compulsory education for children born in 2012 begins in the autumn on 2019. The Education Department mailed an information package to the 2019 first graders in the beginning of January in 2019. This package contains a compulsory education note and a guidebook for new pupils.

Enrolment in comprehensive school is done either by visiting the school on a fixed date in January or online during some dates in January. The city will appoint each child to a certain school based on where he/she resides. The name of your child’s local school is indicated in this notification.

To be noted is that if each child will be appointed to a Finnish school if the mother tongue is something else than Swedish. If you want your child to enroll to a Swedish school you should either be in contact with the principal of the Swedish school in your area. You can also always contact Luckan for more advise.

Religion and ethics

While visiting the school for registration or if you do it through Wilma this about the studies concerning religion and ethics. In all schools Pupils and students participate in religious studies conducted in accordance with the mainstream religion Lutheran, Orthodox religious studies or ethical studies.

Pupils and students who are members of other religious communities can choose to study their own religion or choose one of the other alternatives. As a parent you need to be active and choose which alternative you prefer for your child. There should be a form to fill in other vice ask for guidance. Religion and ethics is a compulsory subject in comprehensive school.

Swedish as a second language

The subject ‘mother tongue and literature’ involves different syllabuses. The guardian selects a suitable syllabus for the pupil.

In the Swedish school the pupils can study Swedish as a second language and literature (S2) if their mother tongue is not Swedish or they have a multilingual background. The selection of the syllabus is always based on the pupil’s needs as assessed by the pupil’s teachers.

Mother tongue studies

The schools offers studies for maintaining the pupil’s mother tongue, home language or language skills obtained abroad. Remember to ask for the form about mother tongue studies. It’s up to the family to ask for this service.

The language studies are organised according to the number of pupils enrolled in these studies. Studies can be offered at the pupil’s own school, or they may have to take the lessons at another school. The language studies complement the comprehensive education, and the pupil will receive a separate verbal assessment for these studies.

Participation in the mother tongue studies is optional; however, once the pupil has enrolled in the studies, they are required to attend the lessons regularly. The pupil will enrol in mother tongue studies when they enrol in school or in the 7th grade. Enrolment at other times is also possible.

The application form for mother tongue studies in Helsinki

Swedish Comprehensive schools in Helsinki

The Swedish schools in Helsinki are divided in four main districts. Within each district you will find schools for primary education years 1 – 4(6) and in each district one school for pupils in classes 5(6) – 9 grade. To find out the school that the children in your area belongs to you could visit the servicemap and type in your home address.

Swedish Comprehensive schools in Esbo

Here you will find more information about the Swedish schools in Esbo

Swedish Comprehensive schools in Vanda

In Vanda there is five Swedish comprehensive schools.

Here is the application form for the Swedish schools in Vanda. Within this form they do also ask about the wish to study the own mother tongue and own religion. It is important to fill in the information while applying for a place in the school.

Swedish Comprehensive schools in Grankulla

In Grankulla/ Kaunianen there is one Swedish comprehensive school, Hagelstamska skolan.

Activities for the children

From the daycare centre and the school you will receive updated information on Swedish activities for children according to their age. Here we will only give you some examples. You can always contact Luckan for more advise.

Cultural events

Lördagsgodis at LillaLuckan

Cultural events are organized regularly at LillaLuckan and programs on Saturdays are called Lördagsgodis. The events are mainly in Swedish, but Luckan wants to welcome anyone who wants to join. The program offers children a wide range of cultural activities and performances. All the events are free of charge, but there is a limited amount of spots that you can book at Luckan Helsinki or [email protected]

Teaterskolan DOT

The Theaterschool DOT offers Swedish drama pedagogy in Nordsjö, Busholmen and at Luckan for children at grades 1 -9 during next term. Visit their website for more information.

Gymnastics and sports

Helsingfors gymnastikklubb has some places left in the courses for that start in August. They have activities both in Liikuntamylly in Myllypuro (Sportkvarnen in Kvarnbäcken) and at Gloriahallen at Pikku Roobertinkatu (Lilla Robertsgatan). Please visit the website for more information.

Football, soccers

Helsingfors IFK (HIFK) has over 540 children from the age of 4 to youngsters playing and practising football. HIFK offers football borth for boys and girls. Fill in their application form at their website, and they will be in touch with you.

Scouting

In Helsinki you can find 14 Swedish fairly active corps. From this website you can try to find the corp that is suitable for you.

Other sites where you can find information and activities in Swedish for children age 1 – 12.

Norr om stan offers free time activity and culture for children and adults in northern Helsinki and in Vanda. Visit their website for more information.

The Family Support website gives access to a wide range of services and reliable information on family matters in three languages, Finnish, Swedish and English

At the website Folkhälsan/barn you will find information in Swedish about and activities for children from birth to the age of twelve.

Luckan maintains the search engine www.servicekatalogen.fi . From the servicekatalogen you can find information about Swedish speaking associations, hobbies, cultural institutions and more. However, the service is only in Swedish at the moment.

The Finnish education system (länka till platsen nedan)

Early years education (länka till platsen nedan)

Pre-primary education (länka till platsen nedan)

Preparatory education (länka till platsen nedan)

Comprehensive school) (länka till platsen nedan)