Finished evaluations: reports and materials


An experiment on providing five-year-olds with free of charge early childhood education and care (ECEC) was launched by the government for the period 2018–2020. The purpose of the experiment was to increase the participation of five-year-olds and their siblings in ECEC and to promote their guardians’ employment. The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) has carried out the evaluations of the achievements of the experiment’s objectives.


In March and April 2021, FINEEC organised two different surveys to collect information on the current state, strengths and development areas of leadership in ECEC. The statistical report presents the most important key figures related to leadership in ECEC. Leadership in early childhood education: The current state, strengths and areas of development – evaluation will be implemented in two phases during 2020–2023.


This evaluation commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture examined pedagogy for five-year-olds as well as the current state and development needs of skills and art education in Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC). The assignment had two objectives. The first objective was to produce a report on the current state of pedagogy for five-year-old children and its implementation nationwide in mainland Finland as well as development recommendations based on the report. The second objective of the evaluation was to map the current situation of skills and art education in early childhood education and care. Producing recommendations for developing skills and art education was also part of the assignment


This report is the second part of a two-phase evaluation focusing on the implementation of the National core curriculum. The first part was published in autumn 2018. The current evaluation produces information on ECEC quality by evaluating the implementation of the National core curriculum in the daily lives of both day-care centres and family day-care. The purpose of the evaluation is to establish how the objectives set in the National core curriculum are reached at day-care centres and in family day-care and to report on factors that promote or hinder curriculum implementation.


This is the first part of the two-stage evaluation regarding the implementation of the national core curriculum for ECEC. The evaluation produces information on the functionality of the curriculum system in ECEC (national core curriculum, local curriculum and the child’s ECEC plan), the production processes of local curricula and the contents of the curricula and plans.


For more information:

  • Counsellor of Evaluation Janniina Vlasov, tel. 029 533 5543,