Early Childhood Education and Care Study Tour

Early Childhood Education Study Tour

In Finland the world-class education path begins with world-class early childhood education. Early childhood has very different goals in Finland compared to many other countries: in Finland early childhood education supports children’s balanced growth, development and learning, not just academic objectives. The Finnish early childhood education is research-based and is organized according to children’s natural growth and development. Learning through play is essential. It all begins in the early childhood.

Finnish quality early childhood education lays basis for excellent learning outcomes in Finnish basic education. Early childhood education and care, pre-primary and basic education form an integrated whole progressing consistently following the child’s development.

In Finland early childhood education is provided for children between 0-5 years. Pre-primary education is compulsory for children of the age of six. Basic education starts in the year when a child turns seven.

Target groups: Anyone who is interested in the Finnish early childhood education (headmasters / principals, teachers, administrative representatives, decision makers, investors, newspapers etc.).

Objectives: The program gives visitors an overview of the Finnish education system and early childhood education as an integral part of it. Themed Study Tour introduces the founding principles in Finnish Early Childhood Education and how it is implemented in action. The program also offers an up-close and personal view of daily life in the Finnish day-care centers.

Review: Early Childhood Education and Care Study Tour by Learning Scoop in Brainfeed Magazine

Tour dates:      

March 18th – 22nd 2019
May 13th – 17th 2019
September 16th – 20th 2019
November 18th-22nd 2019


Where: Tampere, Finland

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Daily program on Study Tour at 9am- 3pm

Monday: Introduction to the Finnish Education System

  • Finnish Education system
    • Introduction to the principles behind the education system
    • Paradoxes of Finnish Education: Less is More, No dead ends etc.
    • Early childhood education as part of the whole education system
  • Visit to kindergarten

Tuesday: Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Finland

  • Care, education and teaching to support children’s balanced growth, development and learning
  • Educare model: integrated approach to care, education and teaching
  • Curriculum Reform: New National Core Curriculum for ECEC in Finland
  • Different forms of day-care and early childhood education in Finland
  • The funding and fees for day care
  • Pre-primary education as a link between early childhood education and school
  • Visit to kindergarten and open early childhood education activities

    Piece of art called “Treasure” made out of childrenś treasures as little toys


Wednesday: ECEC promoting learning

  • Different orientations in ECEC: language, mathematics, history, biology etc.
  • Areas of learning in new National Core Curriculum for ECEC
  • Child-centered pedagogy
  • Learning through play
  • Small group activities
  • Children as actors influencing ECEC: involvement and participation
  • Visit to kindergarten and pre-primary education
  • Green Trail Nature experience or Dinner at Näsinneula Observation Tower


Thursday: Individual support in early childhood education

  • Early childhood education based on child’s individual needs
  • Integration and inclusion in ECEC
  • Categories and forms of support
  • Multi-professional co-operation to support the child’s growth and development
  • Visit to kindergarten

    In the hut one can warm up..


Friday: Co-operation and Open and Flexible Learning Environments in ECEC

  • Co-operation with parents in ECEC
  • Co-operation with school in ECEC: transition between ECE and pre-primary education
  • Library –ECEC co-operation
  • Open and flexible learning environments in ECEC
  • Visits to forest day-care center or library/ museum
  • Evaluation and reflection of the program
  • Farewell lunch

This is an example program. Minor changes to content and schedule are possible.

Visits include:

  • Guided visits to Finnish kindergartens, day-care centers and pre-primary education
  • Different types of early childhood education facilities: from pre-primary school to the kindergarten, open early childhood education activities, forest day-care center etc.
  • Opportunities to become familiar with each kindergartens modus operandi
  • Participation in the kindergarten’s day-to-day activities, meal time etc.
  • Opportunities to talk with teachers and children


Training methods: The program includes introductions by the instructors to the various themes mentioned above. The participatory training methods are widely used in the Finnish education system. Particular attention will be paid to reflecting and expanding on the experiences the participants have during their visits to various educational institutions in region. Every study visit program is carefully evaluated.


Trainers: Learning Scoop is a Finnish company working in the fields of education and training. The staff comprises experienced teachers and early childhood education experts, who have received excellent feedback on their work.

The trainers at Learning Scoop have years of teaching experience gained through the Finnish educational community and through teacher training. Learning Scoop trainers have received outstanding feedback for their well-executed and inspiring training sessions and study visits.


Costs: The price for individual participant is 1450e+ possible VAT 24% / person

Group prices:
10-14 participants in a group the price is 1150e+ possible VAT 24% / person
15-19 participants in a group the price is 1050e+ possible VAT 24% / person
20 or more participants in a group the price is 950e+ possible VAT 24% / person

The program includes lectures and workshops, study material, visits and transportation to visit places, expert hosts, coffee, lunches, Green Trail Nature experience or Dinner at Näsinneula Observation Tower, Book: “The Success stories of Finnish Early Childhood Education”, Premium version of LessonApp for free for a year,  farewell lunch and certificate of participation.


We are happy to collaborate with Lapland Hotels in Tampere which offers you a chance to experience Lapland in the heart of a city. The centrally located hotel is close to our training premises and 141 rooms have been decorated with skill and style to suit the taste of even the most quality conscious guests. The design of the rooms was influenced by nature and the stories of Lapland. The restaurant serves unique tastes of Nordic nature and Lapland in visually pleasing dishes.

We offer fixed prices for our customers accordingly:

Room in Comfort Class for 1 person 100€/night
Room in Comfort Class for 2 persons 120€/night
Room in Comfort Class for 3 persons 150€/night
DeLuxe Room for 1 person 130€/night

Book your room at Lapland Hotels in Tampere by email tampere@laplandhotels.com with code “LEARNINGSCOOP”

Book your Study Tour place and register here.

Ellimaija Ahonen
+358 40 703 7337

Are you interested in shorter stay? Please check Study Visits!