The city of Turku offers multicultural early childhood education, which means that all children are taken into account equally and fairly regardless of age, gender or colour. In day-care services, the aim is to provide children belonging to cultural minorities with the opportunity to grow up in a multicultural society so that they can become a part of both their own cultural environment and Finnish society.
Multicultural early childhood education supports the growth of children with immigrant backgrounds into members of two cultures and the Finnish society. Early childhood education supports the integration process of the entire family. Multicultural and multiform early childhood education strengthens the growth of all children in the group to understand parity and respect differences, as the children have the possibility to get to know different cultures, their customs and habits under the guidance of an adult.
Education at Turku International School
Turku International School is an educational institution maintained by the City of Turku, with English as its teaching language. Turku International School offers primary (grades 1-6), secondary (grades 7-9) and upper secondary education. The first two of these conform to the Finnish National Core Curriculum. The upper secondary education is based on the IB Diploma Programme.
Summer activities for pupils in grades 1 and 2
The City of Turku organises chargeable summer activities for pupils in grades in 1 and 2.
The Lauste school in eastern Turku has long traditions in teaching children with an immigrant background.
Five-year-old children born in 2013 will be provided with free-of-charge early childhood education in Turku as part of a trial programme for the entire year running from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019.