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 2023 - 2024

If your child is born in 2017, he/she can start preschool on 14 August 2023. Pre-primary education is enrolled between 9.-22.1.2023.The duration of preschool is 4 hours per day. 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.

Further information

The early childhood education guidance team is happy to help you in all early childhood education and day care-related matters.

Telephone helpline on Mon – Fri 9.00–12.00.
Tel. 08 558 45300

Transportation application

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

Preschool terms and holidays 2022-2023

Autumn term 15.8.-21.12.2022
Spring term 9.1.-31.5.2023

Holidays and holidays when pre-primary education is not arranged:

  • Autumn holiday 24.-28.10.2022 (week 43)
  • Monday 5 December 2022 and Independence Day 6.12.2022
  • Christmas holiday 22.12.2022-8.1.2023
  • Winter holiday 6.3.-10.3.2023
  • Easter holiday 7.-10.4.2023
  • First of May 1.5.2023
  • Ascension Day 18.5. and Friday after Ascension Day 19.5.2023


Autumn term 14.8.-22.12.2023
Spring term 8.1.-31.5.2024

Holidays and holidays when pre-primary education is not arranged:

  • Autumn holiday 23.-27.10.2023 (week 43)
  • Independence Day 6.12.2023
  • Christmas holiday 23.12.2023-7.1.2024
  • Winter holiday 4.-8.3.2024
  • Easter holiday 29.3.–1.4.2024
  • First of May 1.5.2024
  • Ascension Day 9.5. and Friday after Ascension Day 10.5.2024