The preschool year is an important phase in a child´s life. Preschool education supports child´s individual learning. A child learns by doing and playing together with other children. Preschool education follows its own curriculum, which is based on the National Core Curriculum.

Preschool in Oulu school year 2020-2021

If your child is born in 2014, he/she can start preschool on 17 of August 2020. The duration of preschool is 4 hours per day for the period of 12 August 2019 to 29 May 2020. For the most part, preschool schedules are similar to school schedules.

According to Basic Education Act a child must take part in a year long preschool or other activity that fulfils the goals of preschool one year before the beginning of basic education. Taking part in preschool education is not compulsory, but parents themselves can organize the education so that preschool goals will be fulfilled. The responsibility of attendance is on the guardian.

According to the amendment in the early childhood education law in 2016 a preschool aged child has a right to attend part time early education activity in addition to free preschool education, if the child´s guardians work or study full-time or work as businessmen. A child can attend the part-time education also, if it is necessary for her/his development or she/he needs support or the family conditions require it. 


Preschool terms and holidays 2020-2021

Autumn term  17.8. - 21.12.2020
Spring term 7.1. - 31.5.2021

Preschool education is not provided:

  • Autumn holiday 19. - 25.10.2020 (week 43)
  • Christmas holiday 22.12.2020 - 6.1.2021
  • Winter holiday 8. - 14.3.2021
  • Easter holiday 2. - 5.4.2021
  • Holy Thursday 13.5.2021

Esiopetusesite suomeksi

Transportation application for free-of-charge preschool education (pdf)

Further information

The daycare service coordination team is happy to help you in all daycare-related matters,

Tel. 08 558 45300