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We are happy to invite you to discuss and learn together about sustainable early childhood education. To address the issues, we are announcing an International conference held on 4-7 May 2020 in Helsinki, Finland. It is the responsibility of teachers, researchers, directors and other professionals to create an effective pedagogical environment. Strong ECEC supports a sustainable childhood and helps to build a healthy and prosperous society.

You are warmly welcome to Helsinki and join our international ECEC conference!

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Conference is organised by Finnish National Agency for Education in co-operation with Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Helsinki, City of Espoo,  City of Vantaa, Playful Learning center, University of Helsinki, Kindergarten Teachers Union in Finland and Central Union for Child Welfare.

Event

Event

The conference program offers presentations of best early childhood education practices and innovations by international and Finnish experts, researchers and practitioners. You will hear latest facts based on ECEC research. You can also visit Finnish ECEC centres and see sustainable early childhood education and care in practice and meet colleagues.

The programme is built around five themes: pedagogically strong early childhood education, ecologically strong early childhood education, socially strong early childhood education, culturally strong early childhood education and economically strong early childhood education. See also what Director General Olli-Pekka Heinonen writes about conference in our Blog.

Would you like be in frontline in developing sustainable future? You are warmly welcome to participate in a joint global debate.

Registration will be opened December 2019

Key notes

Key note speakers

We are pleased to introduce you our Key note speakers:

  • Li Andersson, Minister of Education at Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
  • Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Professor of Education at Nord university, Norway
  • Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at Finnish National Agency for Education, Finland
  • Kristiina Kumpulainen, Professor of Education at University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Arjen Wals, Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-ecological Sustainability, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

More information about key note speakers here >>

Call for papers

Partners

Conference is organised by Finnish National Agency for Education in co-operation with Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Helsinki, City of Espoo, City of Vantaa, Playful Learning center, University of Helsinki, Early Childhoof Education Teachers Union in Finland and Central Union for Child Welfare.

Early childhood education and care in Finland

Early childhood is a phase of intense development and learning. The mission of ECEC is to promote children’s holistic growth, development and learning in collaboration with their guardians. Learning through play is essential. Understanding the importance and pedagogical possibilities of play for the child in the promotion of wellbeing and learning is essential for ECEC.

About us

Our core tasks in Finnish National Agency for Education are to develop education and training, early childhood education and lifelong learning and to promote internationalization in Finland.