Early Childhood Education in Finland: From Policy to Practice
October 3, 2023 - October 3, 2023
The Dean’s Keynote Series theme for 2023 is ‘Educational Research with Impact’. We welcome all to attend this most important series of events.
Over the past decade, there has been a growing focus on early childhood education and care (ECEC) at the political and social levels, leading many countries to implement educational reforms. In Finland, ECEC is viewed as an investment in the future, backed by extensive research highlighting the benefits of early education for both individuals and society as a whole. Consequently, the organization and implementation of early education and care carry significant importance.
Finland boasts one of the most equitable ECEC systems worldwide, which is best understood through its comprehensive and multifaceted approach. This approach, known as EduCare, combines education and care to address the holistic needs of children. Finland’s ECEC system is an amalgamation of international influences and local aspirations, with a strong emphasis on placing each child and their family at the core of services.
In Finland, ECEC is characterized by a systematic and goal-oriented framework that encompasses upbringing, education, and care. Pedagogy plays a central role, aiming to foster excellence for future generations. In an upcoming presentation, Professor Harju-Luukkainen will highlight key aspects of Finnish ECEC, such as the foundations of early childhood teacher education, pedagogical principles, collaboration between families and professionals, and the promotion of playful learning. The presentation will draw upon the important findings outlined in the book, titled “Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care – A Multi-theoretical Perspective on Research and Practice.”