Early childhood and basic education

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Jakobstad

We are pioneers when it comes to municipal ECEC and for 110 years already we have had a successful daycare system.

We offer all families ECEC that supports the upbringing, development and learning of their children. We do that through kindergartens, private daycare and different kinds of playful activities. ECEC in Jakobstad is based on the principle that daycares and parents raise the children together. Our goals are that children grow up to be flexible adults with established identities and a respect for diversity.

In Jakobstad there are 11 municipal kindergartens. There is full-day daycare and half-day daycare in both Swedish and Finnish, as well as shift-, evening- and weekend care. For 5 year-olds there are also language immersion groups.

There are also private kindergartens, such as an an English kindergarten, and municipal daycares and access to private playground and play group activities in Jakobstad. 

Applying for municipal ECEC

You can apply for daycare electronically. When you apply for language immersion, you need to fill out a special form. Detailed instructions here.

The application must be sent in at least four months before your child needs a daycare spot. If it is urgent, the application must be sent in as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before your child needs a daycare spot.

If you have any questions or concerns about ECEC, please contact the committee for child daycare and education.

Information behind the links currently only in Swedish and Finnish.

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Preschool and morning- and afternoon activities

Preschool for 6-year-olds is held every school day for 4 h from 8.00-12.00. It is mandatory and free of charge and it is held in school.

Those who participate in preschool also have the right to get daycare organized at school. The he basic principle is, that children will be assigned to a pre-school held in the same area or school as their future basic education. 

Together, the parish and the committee for child day care and education in Jakobstad organize morning- and afternoon activities for school children. The activities are meant for all pupils in grades 1-2 and for all pupils who need special tuition (grades 1-9).

The activities are held on school days from 6.30 until the school day begins. The afternoon activities begin after school is over for the day and go on until 16.30.

Information behind the links currently only in Swedish and Finnish.

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High quality basic education in two languages as well as language immersion

There are 10 compulsory schools in Jakobstad, of which 5 are Swedish and 4 Finnish. In addition to that, there is also a school specializing in language immersion.

Jakobstad is the only place in Finland where language immersion is taught in both of the national languages, Swedish and Finnish.

The Swedish lower elementary schools in Jakobstad are Bonäs school and Vestersundsby school in the western parts of town, Kyrkostrands-Jungmans school in Lappfjärden in the southwestern part of town and Lagmans skola in the town center.

On the map you can see where the schools are located: Bonäs school, Vestersundsby school, Kyrkostrands-Jungmans school, Lagmans school.

The Finnish lower elementary schools are Itälä in the eastern part of town, Länsinummi in the western part of town and Ruusulehto in Grannabba in the southern part of town.

On the map you can see where the schools are located: Itälä school, Länsinummi school, Ruusulehto school

The language immersion school (Språkbadsskolan/Kielikylpykoulu) is temporarily located in the city center.

On the map you can see where the language immersion school is located: Language immersion school (Språkbadsskolan/Kielikylpykoulu)

There are two secondary schools in Jakobstad: Oxhamns skola for Swedish speaking children and Etelänummi for Finnish speaking children. Both schools are located in the city center.

The Swedish speaking language immersion classes in grade 7-9 go to Oxhamns skola and the Finnish speaking classes go to Etelänummi.

On the map you can see where Etelänummi and Oxhamns skola are located.

Information behind the links currently only in Swedish and Finnish.

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