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National curriculum guidelines on early childhood education and care in Finland

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STAKES (Finnish National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health)
government document
Publication Date: 
1 Sep 2003


This is the English translation of the National Curriculum Guidelines on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Finland. The original Finnish document was published in September 2003.

ECEC in Finland has two main goals. One is to fulfill the day care needs of children under school age and the other is to provide early childhood education. The Curriculum Guidelines aim to promote the provision of ECEC on equal terms throughout the country, to guide the development of the content of activities, and to contribute to developing the quality of activities by introducing uniform principles for organizing such activities.