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Pre-school education

Unlike secondary and higher education, pre-school education in Finland is paid for. Parents can choose a place to take their child to – municipal, private or family kindergarten. The payment is the same everywhere and depends not on the prestige of the place, but on the family income.

You can apply to get a place in the municipal

  • kindergarten (päiväkoti)
  • group family kindergarten (ryhmäperhepäivähoito)
  • family kindergarten (perhepäivähoito)
  • private kindergarten (yksityinen päivähoito)

The application form (Hakemus varhaiskasvatukseen) for a place in the kindergarten can be filled out following this link 


Pre-school education provided at kindergartens includes child care as well as upbringing and educational process. The kindergartens work according to the pre-school curriculum in the relevant environment where the child has an opportunity to participate in diverse activities, play, move and explore. In kindergartens children are usually distributed into groups with 3-4 supervisors. As a rule, the number of children in a group is from 12 to 24. The number of children in the group depends on their age and the number of supervisors in it.

Family kindergarten

A family kindergarten is a kindergarten organized in small groups or at the supervisor’s home, or at the child’s home. One supervisor can take care of four children who spend the entire day in the kindergarten or just one child who spends half a day there.

Group family kindergarten is a form of a family kindergarten. It is meant for 8-12 children of 1 to 6 years of age. At the basis of the group family kindergarten is pre-school education, where attention is paid to care and upbringing of children.

The cost of kindergarten

There is monthly payment for kindergarten.

The amount of kindergarten payment starting from 01.08.2017

The amount of payment is calculated per cent based on the family income before tax. The monthly payment is calculated on the basis of the family size and presents percentage ratio of the aggregate gross income exceeding minimal income.

Members of the family are considered to be people in official or civil marriage keeping joint household and children residing with them. Income includes taxable income (salary, capital income) of the married persons as well as their non-taxable income.

To prove the amounts of the monthly income the family must present information on income. If the family does not provide information on income, the payment for kindergarten shall be charged according to the maximal rate.

There are two municipal kindergartens in our town – Ahjola and Onnimanni, two group family kindergartens – Minttula and Metsatahdet, and a private kindergarten Pilke. Joint work with parents, their wishes and needs in the organization of pre-school education is the starting point in the work of personnel.

Preliminary pre-school education is a process of growth, development and education of a child. Pre-school education usually makes four hours a day according to school hours and is free. Children learn the necessary preliminary skills during the year. Usually at the age of 6 children start studying at Eskari (esikoulu/eskari- preparing for school).

In the kindergartens pre-school education is organized for children who stay in the kindergarten after the lessons until the end of the working day. It is very convenient for parents as the child stays in the same building just moving to the kindergarten group.  Children not needing kindergarten services receive pre-school education at school.

Principal general education

The Constitution determines: each citizen of Finland has the right to education, but must study during the age 7-17. School is divided into two stages: primary and secondary, which must be completed by everyone. The state guarantees free general education. This includes education, textbooks, notebooks, basic stationary; the meals at schools are free too. Upon receiving general education students can receive professional education after which they start working according to their specialty or continue studying at a lyceum where there is serious preparation for higher education; therefore students attending a lyceum must demonstrate rather a high degree of preparation (grade point average from the secondary school serves as an indicator). In Finland lyceum graduates are also applicants — they submit documents to universities while still being lyceum students.

The secondary education program goes from 1 to 9th grade, with support for educational process and growth, school circles as well as morning and extended day groups.

There are 7 comprehensive schools in Haapavesi, 6 primary schools (1to 6 grade) and a high school (7-9 grades).

The primary schools – Hyttikallio and Makirinne, - are situated in the center of the city. The Vatjusjarvi, Vattukyla, Humaloja, Mieluskyla schools are situated within 10 km from the city; school buses transport schoolchildren according to their timetable during the school year. The high school is in the center of city, close to the lyceum.

Daily notifications and teachers ‘communication with students’ legal representatives are organized via the Wilma system, which is a so-called electronic daybook of the student containing the timetable, marks, achievements and other information necessary for the parents. 


The Haapavesi Lyceum pays special attention to initiative approach to work, new technologies and promotes development of bold ideas. With active joint work among the music college Jokilaakso, Haapavesi college and people's college of arts and creativity Jokihelmi the creativity center Kumppanuskampus was established providing students with a possibility to receive high quality, multi-profile and rather unique education.

All new students get a new laptop computer on behalf of the lyceum.

A diverse curriculum, high level of teaching, specialized fields of training – all this is for you at our lyceum! Training according to the lyceum program creates a good basis for further education. Great attention is paid to the well-being of students and ensuring a comfortable environment for them.

Professional education at the Educational Center JEDU

Basic professional education is a training course preparing students for the profile exam. During studies students get the necessary knowledge and skills to work according to their specialty or for going into business. The course lasts as a rule about 3 years, for those with complete secondary education - 2-2,5 years. Those successfully completing the basic professional education course can continue their education in the chosen field at institutions of higher education including universities. The specialist diploma received on the basis of the effective professional education is a good foundation for finding a job. You will not be left without a job with education received from us! Learn about different professional departments on the website of the Professional Education Center JEDU

Haapavesi College

One more educational institution providing professional education for such professions as youth outreach specialist, extra-curricula activities instructor, corrective education instructor, and librarian. Additionally to the professional education the college organizes adaptation courses for immigrants as well as courses of the Finnish language and culture. There are also professional development courses in the spheres of education, health care, culture, qualifying exams for qualification cards for different kinds of activities – all this within the walls of the Haapavesi College. Detailed information can be found here

People's College of Arts and Creativity Jokihelmi

provides basic music, arts, dancing and drama education.

Hundreds of people's colleges all over Finland offer Finns of different ages, young and old, educational courses in various fields. In mailboxes all over the country in early August you can find course programs of your region, their time, regularity, names of teachers and cost, which is affordable even for the lowest income people. Some choose several courses at once selecting them spread over time, most of them in the evening, even though pensioners with more free time on their hands attend them with pleasure during the day.

Classes mostly take place in the evening and education is provided for people of any age and profession. In other words, this educational institution is targeted at organizing leisure, cultural enlightenment and education for the population. A great number of amateur circles, foreign language courses, vocal and choir singing, arts and crafts, cooking, lectures and seminars of specialists and many other things for interesting and saturated life! People's colleges in Finland are for organized education of people, where everyone can find something to their liking and make their dream come true at an older age if they had no time for it earlier. These courses provide communication with new people, experienced professional teachers and interesting activities for long winter nights. Additional and detailed information on the activities and courses of the people's college here:

Regional music college Jokilaakso

offers high quality basic education in the sphere of music; one can say that graduates and teachers of the college are a business card of our town.

At present there are the following departments at the music college: piano, music theory, strings, vocal (solo academic and folk singing). Today graduates of the music college continue their education in other conservatories of Finland. Upon graduation many of them return to their native town as teachers and accompaniers. Professors and teachers of musical universities of the country constantly take part in the work of the college (master classes, consulting, concerts of students and teachers) thus enriching the life of the college and filling it with creativity and artistry. Detailed information can be found here




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