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With FinlandWay®, you can be assured that your teachers, students and families will get an authentic and comprehensive early childhood education experience from Finland.

FinlandWay® Preschools carry the highest official stamp of quality currently available from Finland for education exporters: the Education Finland stamp granted by the export programme of the National Board of Education of Finland.

Education Finland Partnership

We are a certified and selected member of the Education Finland programme, run by the National Board of Education of Finland. The Education Finland stamp is currently the only official stamp of authenticity and quality available from the Finnish authorities. We were selected in the first group of companies when the programme was launched in 2017.

Finnpartnership Programme 

We were awarded a selective grant by the Finnpartnership Programme of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2016 to support our efforts to build an impact-focused, affordable system to address the challenges of emerging markets. 

Business Finland Funding

We have received funding from Business Finland for our innovative and transformative solutions in packaging and delivering the quality early education experience from Finland, in a tech-supported, scalable manner.

Membership in Finnish Early Childhood Education Association

We are a member of the Finnish Early Childhood Education Association.

Our Co-Founder, Dr Jonna Kangas has been a Board member of the Association for years and takes an active part in the discussion and development of the sector in Finland.

Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Programme Participation

We were selected for both rounds of the Finland-Vietnam Partnership Programme 2017–2018 to introduce the most impactful and innovative solutions from the two countries.

 

Publications

Playing for Learning

The latest important considerations about early childhood education policies and practices internationally. 

Is play the practice of education or merely the activity of children during their recess time? What is the meaning of play in education legislation and binding documents and how does it shape the emerging curriculum of early childhood education?

Read the paper here.

The Essence of Play

Why is early childhood education interesting for politicians, researchers, parents and scientists?  The answer lies around concepts of learning through play! FinlandWay​ promotes the power of play, which allows children to learn to regulate their behaviour, building the basis for later learning. Read Dr. Joanna’s recent blog from the pages of the National Board of Education of Finland.

Read the paper here.

Children’s Initiatives in the Finnish Early Childhood Education Context

Children are considered as active meaning makers and competent actors in the New Sociology of Childhood. How are their actions and initiatives affecting the everyday educational practices around them? How are children’s voices heard and do they have a choice in their education?

Read the paper here.

Multi-Voiced Development in Finnish Early Childhood Education Practices

If you are interested in learning how students and teachers in public kindergarten are involved in the development of Finnish teacher education, this will shed light on the development processes.

Read the paper here.

Meet Our Head of Pedagogy – Jonna Kangas

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Dr. Jonna Kangas is a Senior Lecturer of early childhood education in the Faculty of Educational Science, University of Helsinki, Finland. She has a background in research and teacher training and has research experience in education science, especially early childhood education since 2010. She has worked as a researcher in the Playful Learning Center, University of Helsinki as well as in two state funded projects for developing early education in Finland. In a project, funded by the ministry of Social and Health affairs, the aim was defining key elements of children’s participation and understanding the pedagogical support children’ participation in ECE settings in years 2010–2011. In the National ECE assessment project by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council and the Finnish Education Evaluation Council, funded by the Ministry of Education, assessing the quality of Finnish teacher education and future reflections and development issues. She has also worked in research related duties during her post as a University Instructor in the University of Tampere in 2012–2015. Through research related work Dr. Kangas aims to develop the early childhood education as an ongoing cycle of development where the goals and practices are dynamically moving to meet the needs and interests of child, parents and educators.

Dr. Kangas has strong experience in teacher education and she has been training teachers in Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki and University of Tampere and conducted in-service teacher training with several municipalities in Finland to develop teachers’ professional knowledge and competence. As a teacher trainer she shares her enthusiastic views and research findings about play-based learning with students through workshops and practical assignments. She believes that whilst play is natural to children, playful learning won’t be automatic and teachers need to develop skills and methods to both understand play and be able to use and support it in their class. Dr. Kangas continues to research play through participatory methodology, working closely with children and teachers in ECE centres. She believes that children’s voices and personal choice should be heard in education and that children are active agents and makers of their own learning. She has also worked as a teacher and vice director in a private kindergarten in the Helsinki area. Dr Kangas is a cabinet member of the Early Childhood Education Association in Finland (ECEAF).

In her research work Dr. Kangas has designed and conducted research focusing on practices and pedagogies. The findings are reported in international scientific journals of Taylor and Francis, Elsevier, Springer and Sage. Her research-related skills included designing, conducting and analysing large surveys about teachers’ conceptions of daily pedagogics in ECE, children’s interviews about their lives, choices and initiatives, observation research about children’s play in ECE institutions’ time-space pathways, research about development projects in ECE settings and research about mentoring ECE teachers’ relational agency in online platform.

Dr. Kangas is an experienced public performer and teacher trainer. In her academic courses as well as public talks she combines theoretical understanding with practical examples and cultural insight into school culture through socio-constructive methodology. Dr. Kangas is an expert in teaching methodologies in Nordic countries and has a deep understanding about transforming Finnish teacher expertise to other countries and cultures.

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