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Pre-primary education

Pre-primary education is compulsory education for children in the year they turn six. Pre-primary school takes place the year before primary school as four-hour school days during the school year. When you enrol your child to pre-primary education, you can apply for municipal daycare that supplements the pre-primary education.

In the academic year 2021–2022, pre-primary education begins on 11 August 2021 and ends on 3 June 2022.

In the academic year 2022–2023, pre-primary education begins on 11 August 2022 and ends on 2 June 2023.

Pre-primary education is binding. This means that the child must participate in a year-long activity of pre-primary education or another form of educational activity, which fulfils the compulsory goals for pre-primary education in the year preceding their basic education.

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Pre-primary education promotes and supports children's growth, development and learning, and it enables a smooth transition from the pre-primary environment to school. Pre-primary education provides a good basis for life-long learning.

Teaching methods in pre-primary education acknowledge that a child learns through play, movement, creativity, experimentation, observation and questioning in interaction with other children and adults.

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Extended compulsory education

A child is included in extended compulsory education if he/she will not be able to achieve the prescribed goals of education in nine years because of a severe disability or illness.