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 2018-2019
If your child is born in 2012, he/she can start preschool on 13 of August 2018. The duration of preschool is 4 hours per day for the period of 13 August 2018 to 31 May 2019. 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 fulfills 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
Autumn term 13.8.-21.12.2018
• Autumn holiday 22. - 28.10.2018 (calendar week 43)
• Christmas holiday 22.12.2018 - 7.1.2019
Spring term 7.1.-31.5.2019
• Winter holiday 4.-10.3.2019 (calendar week 10)
Preschool education is not provided
Various schools may have different annual schedules. Preschool education starts and ends in all preschool units on the same day.