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Cultural education in the national curricula for early years in Finland

Author(s) Korhonen, R:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper describes how children's cultural education is considered in the national curricula in Finland. Pre-school is voluntary for Finnish children, but the local council must arrange provision if a child's parents want the facility for their child. It may be arranged and offered within the day-care system or in the primary school. Both the national curricula for the pre-school and primary school are drawn up and published by the National Board of Education. The curriculum for the pre-school education was published on 2000, and a new curriculum for primary schools, including the two first grades, will be compulsory from August 2003.

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