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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. ECEC lays a foundation for lifelong learning. The Finnish ECEC is based on an integrated approach to care, education and teaching, the so-called “educare” model, with particular emphasis on pedagogy.

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.

Early Childhood Education and Care

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What is early childhood education and care?

ECEC is the basis of our education system. The significance of early years for a child's development is great. This page gives you information on ECEC services in Finland.

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National Core Curriculum for ECEC in a nutshell

EDUFI draws up the national core curriculum for ECEC, which is a basis for local curricula. An individual ECEC plan is drawn up for each child in ECEC centres and in family daycare.