Collaboration Between Preschool and Primary Education
The city of Oulu’s operations model for preschool and primary education aims to create an uninterrupted path from preschool education to basic education and support the child’s growth into a member of a school community.
The collaboration between preschool and primary education is regular, systematic, and goal-oriented. The operations model enables the individual consideration of each child, timely support, and promotion of participation.
The collaboration between preschool and primary education enables children of different ages to work in different learning groups. The staff is responsible for development, planning, and implementation of the collaboration.
The aim of the close collaboration is to plan and arrange collaborative learning modules during the school year. The aim is to work together and develop collaborative working culture.
Pedagogy of 5–8 years-old children
In preschool and primary education uninterrupted pedagogy, working culture, and learning environment promotes the early learning of children’s basic skills. Collaborative action enables the child’s individual progression on the path of growth and learning with flexible transfers.
Flexible preschool and primary education are developed with children’s needs and perspectives in mind considering what kind of daily life the flexible action creates. Transferring from early childhood care to preschool and from preschool to basic education are important stages of life for children.
Developing friendships and maintaining them is supported by the creation of flexible pedagogical processes and action. A successful transfer promotes the child’s sense of security and welfare as well as their growth and learning requirements.
Aims and practices on different stages on the path of learning are agreed together and the basis of high-quality education. The discussion and collaboration between preschool education, early childhood care, and basic education staff promotes the quality of teaching. Versatile expertise is a collaborative resource. The staff of early childhood care, preschool education, and primary education also have a possibility to familiarize themselves with each other’s activities and learning environments in practice.
Ensuring an interrupted path of growth and learning requires all parties to learn to work together and learn new things together.