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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-focussed affordable system to address the challenges of emerging markets. 

Business Finland Funding

We have received funding from Business Finland for our efforts to create an innovative and transformative solution to package and deliver 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 for years been a Board member of the Association 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

Important and very latest considerations about early childhood education policies and practices internationally. 

Is play only a practice of education or action of children during their recess time? What is the meaning of play in education legislation and binding documents, and how they 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 effecting the everyday educational practices around them? How is children’s voice heard and do they have a choice considering 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 to 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 of researcher and teacher trainer and has research experience from education science, especially early childhood education since year 2010. She has worked as a researcher in the Playful learning center, University of Helsinki as well as in two state funded projects of 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 understand 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, the quality of Finnish teacher education and the future reflections and development issues. She has also worked in research related duties during my post as a University Instructor in the University of Tampere in 2012–2015. Through the research related work Dr. Kangas aims to develop the early childhood education as an ongoing cycle of development and chance where the goals and practices are dynamically moving to meet the needs and interests of child, parents and educators.

Dr. Kangas has strong experience from teacher education and she has been training teachers in master’s program in 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 while play is natural to children, playful learning won’t be automatic and teachers need to develop skills and methods to both understand play and being able to use and support it in their class. Dr. Kangas makes research about play through participatory methodology, working close to children and teachers in ECE centres. She believes that children’s voice and 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 Helsinki area. Dr Kangas is a cabinet member of the Early Childhood Education Association in Finland (ECEAF).

In her research work Dr. Kangas is 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 about daily pedagogics in ECE, children’s interviews about their role and chances to express initiatives and make choices, 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 about school culture through socio-constructive methodology. Dr. Kangas is an expert of teaching methodologies in Nordic countries and has a deep understanding about transforming Finnish teacher expertise to other countries and cultures.

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