Valssi in a nutshell

What is Valssi?

Valssi is a national quality evaluation system designed to support the quality management of ECEC organisers and service providers. Valssi is a feature-rich digital service that can be used to carry out the collection of evaluation data, obtain operator-specific evaluation reports, produce location-specific evaluation summaries and publish the statutory evaluation results of operators.

Valssi’s user interface and all evaluation forms in the system will be implemented both in Finnish and Swedish. FINEEC will provide support for the commissioning of Valssi and completing evaluation processes.

Provisions on Valssi will be laid down in the Act on the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. The proposal is currently being debated by Parliament. According to the proposal, FINEEC and early childhood education and care operators using Valssi will have the role of joint controllers and processors of personal data concerning self-evaluations. Once the Act has been passed, necessary background information from Varda, the data warehouse for early childhood education and care, could also be linked to Valssi.


What can you do with Valssi?

Valssi will enable municipal and private ECEC organisations and day-care centres to introduced versatile tools for evaluating both the structures supporting ECEC services and the core processes.

With the help of Valssi, data on the level at which the activities are carried out can be collected easily across the entire organisation. Once the data collection has been completed, an evaluation report for a specific operator can be produced from Valssi as a quantitative summary of the respondents’ self-evaluation results. The report can be reviewed and discussed together both in the management of the organisation and in day-care centres.

We will offer support for day-care centres using Valssi and a workshop model for discussing the evaluation report. In day-care centres, the personnel together with the head will define the key strengths and development areas of the theme to be evaluated as well as agree on development measures and their monitoring. The head will save the unit’s summary to Valssi and inform guardians of the results.

In addition to the evaluation report, the management of the organisation can examine the summaries saved by the heads of day-care centres and other information concerning the organisation, such as customer service surveys. Based on this information, the strengths and development areas of the entire organisation can be identified, and plans of action and monitoring plans can be drawn up. Once the evaluation has been completed, Valssi is used to publish the evaluation results and inform the entire organisation about them, including guardians, stakeholders and decision-makers.


Who is Valssi for?

Valssi has different user profiles: maintainers, main users, implementers and respondents. Maintainers are the parties responsible for the operation of the system, such as FINEEC.

Main users are persons responsible for the quality of early childhood education and care and its development in the organisation. The main users can use Valssi as part of the organisation’s quality management. They can deploy Valssi’s evaluation tools, view operator-specific evaluation reports and site summaries, and eventually save evaluation results. Valssi main user rights are granted by the responsible users of Studyinfo in municipalities and, for private service providers, by the Finnish National Agency for Education. The main user grants main user and implementer rights within their organisation.

Implementers are heads of day-care centres responsible for carrying through the evaluation process at unit level. The heads of day-care centres send the evaluation forms to the staff and support the staff at different stages of the evaluation. Together with the staff, the heads identify strengths and development areas associated with the theme to be evaluated, draw up a development plan and monitor its implementation.

Respondents are staff members responsible for education and instruction at day-care centres whose information has been saved to Varda. While respondents do not need to log in to Valssi, a precondition for using Valssi is that the work email addresses of heads of day-care centres and employees have been saved to Varda. For childminders, evaluation forms and possibilities of responding to them will be developed later. Evaluation forms have also been designed for guardians. These forms will be introduced at a later stage not only in Finnish and Swedish but also in other languages.


When will Valssi open?

Valssi will be rolled out step by step. In March 2023, we will organise a pilot aimed at producing information and receiving feedback on how Valssi and the evaluation tools work. As wide a range as possible of municipalities and service providers will be included in the pilot. They will be familiarised with Valssi use with FINEEC’s assistance. Valssi will be commissioned for use by all organisations in August 2023.

Potential national evaluation data collections in early childhood education and care using Valssi will be carried out during the evaluation plan period 2024–2027