The general principle of ECEC in Finland is that the best interest of the child shall always be the primary consideration. The child has a right to well-being, care and protection, and his/her opinion is considered in decision-making.
Equal and equitable treatment of all children as well as protection against discrimination are requirements, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Underlying values in the national core curriculum for ECEC are:
• Intrinsic value of childhood
• Growth as a human being
• Rights of the child
• Equity, equality, and diversity
• Diversity of families
• Healthy and sustainable way of living.