The early childhood education and care is guided by the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care and the National core curriculum for ECEC (2018), which is a national norm. The ECEC providers shall prepare the local curricula for ECEC based on the National core curriculum for early childhood education and care. ECEC providers are mostly municipal providers (84 %).

National Core Curriculum for ECEC is a national regulation issued by the Finnish National Agency for Education. The purpose of the national steering of ECEC is to create equal preconditions for the holistic growth, development and learning of the children participating in early childhood education and care.  An individual ECEC plan is drawn up for each child.