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Comprehensive school enrolment

Compulsory education for children born in 2015 begins in the autumn 2022. All children permanently residing in Finland must attend school. If a child does not know any Finnish or Swedish, they can enrol in preparatory education, which helps them gain the adequate language skills.

Information package for homes

The Education Division mails an information package, including a printed copy of the Welcome to school PDF guide, to the future first graders by the end of November. Your child's Compulsory education note will be sent to you electronically via service 5 January 2022 onwards.

Enrolment in school

Enrol your child to school on the Asti online service between 5 and 30 January 2022. Find instructions and learn more about the online enrolment here: Online enrolment.

In some situations, you can enrol your child only by visiting the local school. If you apply for permission to start school a year earlier or a year later than usual, your child has been granted permission for extended compulsory education, your child needs special education or you wish to switch from a Swedish-language school to a Finnish-language school, or vice versa. For more information, please see Enrolment at school.

You can enrol by visiting the school on Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 8−10 am.

If a child is attending pre-primary education in a private or state-run school and starts first grade in the same school, the guardian should notify the local school’s principal. The local school is stated in the compulsory education note.

Enrolment to weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education and basic education in English

5–30 January 2022 Application period to weighted-curriculum education, basic education in English and bilingual Finnish-English education. Apply with a separate application form. Further instructions and details about the important dates will be updated to this page during autumn 2021.

Pupils moving to Helsinki

When your family moves to Helsinki, contact the principal of your child's local school. Find out what your local school is by entering your home address in the search field on the Service Map website.

Children who don't know any Finnish or Swedish usually start school in preparatory education. You can enrol your child in preparatory education as soon as your family has moved to Helsinki. 

If you are interested in basic education in other languages than Finnish or Swedish, read more about the different options and admissions on the Basic education in different languages page.

18.10.2021 13:08