Early childhood education
The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) acts as an independent expert organisation in the evaluation of early childhood education. FINEEC operates as part of the national early childhood education steering system. It is tasked with implementing external evaluations of early childhood education in accordance with the evaluation plan and supporting early childhood education providers on issues related to quality management. FINEEC develops the evaluation of early childhood education together with the education providers.
The evaluation of early childhood education is a statutory task (Act on Early Childhood Education and Care 540/2018, Section 24). Various actors on many different levels will produce evaluation information together to support the work on developing early childhood education. The evaluation will be implemented in early childhood education units, at the provider level, nationally, and internationally.
The purpose of the evaluation is to:
- Promote the preconditions for children’s well-being, development, and learning
- Ensure the implementation of the law’s intention
- Produce information for developing early childhood education locally and to serve as a basis for political decision making
FINEEC will create a self-assessment system to support the evaluation of early childhood education providers and service providers. It will include the criteria for the evaluation of early childhood education, quality indicators and a digital evaluation system. Details about this work and its progress can be found here.
More information about the evaluation of the implementation of the national core curriculum for early childhood education, conducted in 2016–2019, can be found here.