Early childhood education and care

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) is part of the Finnish education system and an important stage on the child’s path of growing and learning. The mission of ECEC is to promote children’s holistic growth, development and learning in collaboration with their guardians. The starting point for the preparation of this core curriculum reform is the current changes in the environment where children grow up and develop as well as the operating environment for early childhood education and care. The core curriculum has been prepared in cooperation with stakeholders, utilising the findings of latest research and development efforts.

National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care is a national regulation issued by the Finnish National Agency for Education. It is used as the basis for preparing local curricula for early childhood education and care. The purpose of the core curriculum is to provide a common basis for local curricula. The core curriculum document steers the provision, implementation and development of early childhood education and care as well as promotes the implementation of high-quality and equal early childhood education and care in the entire country. The core curriculum contains references to the legislation governing early childhood education and care as well as instructions for preparing and developing local curricula.

The municipality, joint municipal authority or other service provider shall prepare and adopt a local curriculum compliant with this core curriculum at the latest on 1 August 2017.

You can purchase printed copies of the core curriculum on the online bookstore of our own and the digital version from Ellibs.com.