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Pre-primary education in other languages

In addition to Finnish, Swedish and North Sami, Helsinki offers a wide range of pre-primary education options in different languages. Pre-primary education in different languages is offered both in the City of Helsinki daycare centres and in private daycare centres.


Language-enriched pre-primary education by the City of Helsinki

The City of Helsinki organises language-enriched pre-primary education in several languages. In language-enriched pre-primary education, the amount of the target language is 10-25% of the activities and the rest is in Finnish. The target language is used alongside Finnish in playing, singing and other functional methods. The aim is that the child gets familiar with the new language and builds a positive attitude towards language learning. Language options for language-enriched pre-primary education in Helsinki are English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

City of Helsinki daycare centres offering language-enriched education

The following daycare centres run by the City of Helsinki offer language-enriched pre-primary education in French, German, Russian and Spanish. Find the daycare centres in the online application by choosing the areas and districts as listed below. The options in English and Swedish can be found on the Pre-primary education in English and Pre-primary education in Swedish pages.

French-enriched pre-primary education

POHJOINEN AREA, Länsi-Pakila district
KOILLINEN AREA, Latokartano district

German-enriched pre-primary education

ETELÄINEN AREA, Lauttasaari district

Russian-enriched pre-primary education

ITÄINEN AREA, Myllypuro district

Spanish-enriched pre-primary education

KESKINEN AREA, Vanhakaupunki district
ITÄINEN AREA, Myllypuro

How to apply to language-enriched pre-primary education

  • Places in the daycare centres that offer language-enriched pre-primary education are primarily offered to children who live within the admission area of the daycare centres. Children who do not live within the admission area can apply and get a place if there are free places in the group.
  • Fill in the application for pre-primary education on the City of Helsinki e-Services. Find the daycare centres by choosing the areas and districts as listed above.
  • In the additional information field, type in that your child is applying to the language-enriched pre-primary education.

Options in private daycare centres

Private daycare centres in Helsinki offer pre-primary education in different languages either as bilingual options or entirely in the target language.

Learn more about the pre-primary education options in different languages in private daycare centres on their own websites via the links below.

To apply for a place in a private daycare centre, contact the daycare centre of your preference directly.


Pre-primary education options in different languages in private daycare centres(2021-2022)

Learn more about the options in private daycare centres on the daycare centres' websites via the links below:

Estonian

French

German

Spanish



07.09.2021 12:04