The aim of Student Welfare is to promote the learning, health and well-being of students. Student Welfare includes psychologist and school social worker services as well as the services of school health care. Student Welfare is realized through diversified co-operation of Education Division and Welfare Division. Close co-operation is conducted with students and their parents or guardians as well as with other partners. Student Welfare is arranged as communal and individual Student Welfare.
When a student whose native language is not Finnish or Swedish starts in basic education, a syllabus of either Finnish as a Second Language and Literature (S2) or Swedish as a Second Language and Literature (R2) will be chosen for him/her. The aim of the syllabus is to support the development of the child’s Finnish or Swedish skills.
The child can also study together with children who study Finnish or Swedish as a native language.
Native language education is meant for students whose native language is something other than Finnish or Swedish. The education strengthens linguistic skills and the cultural identity. Also students who have learnt the language abroad can participate in the teaching.
Teaching is given in over 20 different languages. The lessons are usually after school day in specifically selected schools.
On schooldays the student gets a warm meal between 10.00 and 12.00. The meal covers approximately one third of a person’s daily food requirements.
Arkea Ruokapalvelu sells snacks in secondary schools and in upper secondary schools when it is allowed. List of schools and information about snacks and payment options are available in Finnish.
A student will be offered a special diet if the reason is medical, religious or ethical.
The statutory preschool education of the City of Turku is meant for all children under school age one year before the start of the child’s compulsory school education. The duration of the free preschool education is at least 700 hours per year, that is, approximately four hours a day.
The Swedish Language Section of Education Committee is responsible for Swedish language services. The Swedish language services are directed by Liliane Kjellman.
The goal of preparatory education is to give immigrant students necessary abilities in order for them to move on to basic education. Preparatory education is given to basic education students who have recently moved to Finland, whose language skills are not proficient enough to study in normal basic education groups. Preparatory education is centralized to few schools. Grades 1-6 preparatory education is given at the Varissuo and Pansio schools and Luostarivuori school's Martti and Kerttuli units.
Special day care is for children with impaired possibilities for development, growth and learning. Discovering the child’s need for support at an early stage will contribute favourably to the child’s growth.
The supporting measures are usually organized in the child’s own day care centre or family day care. A child’s rehabilitation plan will be made for the child together with parents, day care personnel and other professionals. The day care personnel are responsible for compiling and implementing the plan.
Types of special group arrangements:
Music classes provide students with readiness and inspiration for taking a comprehensive interest in music. Instruction begins with singing and playing musical instruments. A student starting out in a music class will need enthusiasm for singing, an ear for music, and a sense of rhythm. Previous ability to play an instrument or studies in music theory are not required.
Instruction consists of:
- Playing musical instruments together
- Music theory and ear training
- Listening to music
Basic education is free all-round education, which is given to all children residing permanently in Finland. Compulsory education means that all children must go to school in Finland. Compulsory education begins the same year that the child has his/her 7th birthday. Compulsory education continues until the age of 17, unless the student has graduated before that. The family will receive information about starting 1st form in January, and when the student starts 7th form, there will be an info for the family.
Day care centres are open from 6.30 to 17.00, and also from 6.00 to 18.00 on demand. Some day care centres provide day care services also during evenings and weekends. There is one round-the-clock day care centre in Turku.
The daily period of care is organized according to the needs of the family. The period of care is defined in the child care agreement which is signed by the parent or guardian and the child day care centre director or family day care supervisor.
• Supports the student’s everyday work at school, interaction, and ability to function
• evaluates the student’s circumstances by learning about the student’s school attendance and life situation at individual, family and school community levels
• consults teachers and student welfare personnel
• co-operates closely and openly with parents
• works with classes and student groups
• participates in multidisciplinary student welfare work and networking
• participates in the development of school-specific student welfare as an expert of their own field
Morning and afternoon clubs are meant for first and second year students as well as for other students who are in special needs education.
Periods of operation:
Club activities are organized on weekdays during school year.
There are many locations offering morning and afternoon club activities in Turku. The afternoon club hours are between 11.00 and 17.00 and morning club hours are from 7.30 to 10.00. There are fewer morning clubs than afternoon clubs and you should apply to them separately.
Family day care is organized at the childminder’s home.
In three-family day care 1–4 families form a circle. The children and the municipal childminder stay at each family’s home in turn. The family purchases and prepares the meals for the day, and the city in turn compensates for this. If needed, the city can borrow necessary equipment, for example a twin stroller.
The maximum size of a group for both forms of day care is four children, including the childminder’s own children.
Students are selected into the visual arts classes from all of Turku's school districts. Studies in the visual arts begin from third grade and continue throughout comprehensive school. The goals of art studies include:
Playschool and outdoor playschool activities are intended for children aged 3–5 years. The options are outdoor playschool, which lets the child experience nature and physical exercise, and indoor playschool. Activities are organized and target at supporting the growth and development of the child. One playschool teacher organizes the activities but there may also be other staff members participating if needed.
Activities for children aged 1.5–6 are organized at playgrounds on weekdays between 9.00 and 12.30.
To let your child play safely outdoors together with other children supervised by the playground attendants, please enroll by contacting the day care workers of the playground directly. Also please note that there will be no playground activities if temperature is -12 degrees Celsius or below.
The aim of the physical education class is to
- increase the possibilites to offer positive experiences to students interested and gifted in sports
- develop the students' basic skills
- introduce the students to different forms of exercise and different sports in cooperation with sport federations and local clubs
Those students who do not have adequate skills for starting school get a postponement and they are guided to a Start-class.
The Start-class gives primary education for children who got postponement before proceeding to the first school year.
The aim of the Start-class education is to support the child in the attaining of abilities and skills needed at school.
When it comes to foreign-language classes, the main focus is on achieving a comfortable level of using a foreign language in different situations, subjects and concepts. The language is not being taught per se; instead, the foreign language is used to learn a subject matter.
In foreign-language classes, the first two years emphasise understanding the language and building a foundation for foreign-language competence. Reading and writing skills are taught in the students' mother tongue (Finnish).
Are you looking for a first or a new hobby for your child? The children in motion- free trials, are a great way to start a new hobby and try different sports for free. You can try every group three times.
All of the groups suits beginners, no previous experience is needed. If you enjoyed the group, you can join the sports club, or try another sport instead. The goal is to find a permanent hobby for the child!
Check out the full schedule from the Finnish site, and join the group!
This year’s New Year’s celebration at the Cathedral Square in Turku will be particularly joyous, as the event will also usher in the centenary of Finland’s independence. In addition to the traditional programme, the evening will also feature more entertaining elements. The audience will be taken on a 100-year journey through time and given a peak at the upcoming Finland 100 events.