A guide to Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care (softcover)

A guide to Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care (softcover)

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Finland is said to be the happiest country in the world, also having a pedagogy and school system known be to among the best in the world, producing creative and innovative people. All this starts with the methodology and activities in early childhood education. How do we do it?

 The textbook “A guide to Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care” gives a comprehensive insight into how we in Finland structure the days in our early childhood education, how we teach, what we focus on and how we help the children be active participants in the pedagogical process. You will learn about our curriculum, how we work with transversal competences and what kind of learning areas we focus on. Whether you are a teacher, school owner or an interested parent, this book will guide you into the early childhood education secrets that the Finnish educational wonder is all about.

The textbook presents all the major themes and contents for transforming existing schools, or starting new schools, to follow the Finnish methodology and operational structures.

Basic features of Finnish ECEC

Operational guidelines

Learning environments

Pedagogical planning

Pedagogical implementation and pedagogical activity, curriculum

Learning areas

Transversal competencies – future skills

Curriculum building in different age groups

Children´s needs and interests – individual early childhood education and care plan

The textbook has been certified by Education Alliance Finland to “…represent high educational quality and is proven to promote learning efficiently.”

Also available is a workbook, “Finnish ECEC activities”, which includes a wide range of activities meeting the requirements for the various learning areas and transversal competencies. With this workbook you get examples and ideas on how to engage the children, how to include several learning areas in your activities as well as tool on how to further develop and create activities that suit your own need best.

About the author

Minna Björkman is a psychologist and educator, who has a long experience in early childhood education and pedagogy. She founded a successful group of early childhood education schools and took the Finnish National Core Curriculum and further developed it into the successful pedagogy used in these schools.

About Finhow Oy Ltd.

Finhow is a Finnish company specialized in Finnish Early Childhood Education. Finhow ran ECEC schools in Vaasa for ten years. In these schools we further developed our own methodology and curriculum, based on the Finnish core curriculum. The schools were highly appreciated and had the highest parent satisfaction in the whole region all our operating years. Now we can bring the Finnish way of thinking and doing to your school

We offer a complete set of ways to build your school to a more Finnish-style ECEC school. You decide how far you want to go, how much of the Finnish way you want to adopt and your time frame for doing this

Trainings to support the implementation of the Finhow methodology and to gain a deeper understanding of the Finnish pedagogy in early years is provided both on-line and on site according to your needs.

For more information and courses, please visit our webpage www.finhow.fi