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.
There are two Swedish language immersion groups in Kerttuli Day Care Unit: one for 5-year olds and one preschool education group. The used format is early and complete immersion.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.