New class sizes proposed for kindergarten children

The new regulations will see a 7-to-1 ratio between children and educators in all kindergartens in Finland - with the government covering the costs of making it happen.

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The Ministry of Education is proposing to change the regulations about the ration of staff and children at kindergartens.

The new proposal would see seven children per educator – the current level is eight children per educator – and would apply to children over the age of three who spent more than five hours per day at kindergarten.

“Quality early childhood education provides the basis for child learning and a sufficiently small group size is a key factor in improving the quality of early childhood education” says Minister of Education Li Andersson (Left).

“Studies show that with more educators per child, they have more time for the children and better opportunities to meet each child’s individual needs” she adds.

As the class size changes will have an impact on budgets for municipalities, the government is adding €6.7 million in 2020, and €16 million each year from 2021 to fully cover the costs of reducing the teacher-to-child ratio.

The new kindergarten class size regulations are due to come into force at the start of August next year.