Varhaiskasvatus on suunnitelmallista ja tavoitteellista toimintaa jolla edistetään lapsen kasvua, kehittymistä ja oppimista.

Early childhood education comprises systematic and goal-oriented activity that promotes children’s growth, development and learning.

The purpose of early childhood education is to support parents in their parenting role while also supporting the upbringing of the child. Spontaneous play plays a key role in early childhood education.

Early childhood services organise day care for children as part of the municipality’s own operations at day care centres, group family day care homes and family day care, in addition to granting service vouchers for private day care units.

Early childhood education and basic education organised by the municipality form a seamless and functional continuum. Pre-school education is closely linked to early childhood education and the first two years of basic education.