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Education and learning services

Early Childhood and Basic Education

Education and Learning Services provide statutory daycare and basic education.

  • Early Childhood Education supports the child's growth, development and child-oriented learning in collaboration with the families.
  • Basic Education is responsible for organizing operations based on the Basic Education Act and for the development of teaching.

The services are directed by the Director of Early Childhood and Basic Education.

Director of Early Childhood and Basic Education Kristiina Järvelä Tel. +358408004678

Visiting schools and daycare centers in Tampere

Update 10.3.2020

City of Tampere administration has decided, with immediate effect, that all visits to Tampere daycare centers and schools by groups from outside of Finland will be cancelled until the end of May, and no new bookings can be made.

Update 28.5.2020
No new bookings can be made before August.

Update 20.8.2020

Following the instructions and recommendations given by the Ministry of Education and Culture and and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, all educational institutions are limiting external visits, meaning that schools and daycare centers in Tampere are unfortunately not able to host any visitors for the time being.

Tampere is the third biggest city by population and the signpost of educational development in Finland. Visiting our schools and kindergartens is a highlight for many international visitors interested in the Finnish success in PISA. People from all over the world travel to Tampere in order to find out how Finnish schools and kindergartens work and enable such efficient and versatile learning. We host a large number of visitors every year -in the academic year 2016–2017, there were around a thousand visitors.

In order to visit a comprehensive school or a daycare center in Tampere, please contact our coordinator Ms Riikka Gummerus and tell her about your interests, preferred dates, group size, your organisation and the professional background of your group.

Coordinator Riikka Gummerus

Email schoolvisits(at)

Schools mainly welcome visits between September and November, as well as between January and April. August is dedicated to starting the new academic year while December and May have a lot of exams and other end of term special activities.

In June and July all schools and preschools are closed and only a small selection of kindergartens are open.

You can make wishes as to which school or daycare center you want to visit. However, it cannot be guaranteed that you will be able to visit any specific center requested.

To plan your visit, you can also take a look at the typical days of Finnish day nurseries and comprehensive schools here:


Administrative fee
200 € / visit
Visit fee
15 € / person /day (max 3 hours, school lunch not included)
20 € / person / day (max 3 hours, including school lunch)
25 € / person / day (max 6 hours, including school lunch)
Expert presentation fee
300 € / hour (obligatory on at least one day during the visit)
A value added tax (VAT) of 24% will be added to all prices.


We only send invitation letters after the full payment of the visit has been paid. The invitation letter is only written for the days of your school visit. The invitation letter does not guarantee an accepted visa application. If your visa application is not accepted, the payment for the school visit will not be returned.

The visits fees are not charged if the visit involves a reciprocal agreement or is a part of an operation between twin cities.

Kuva: Opettaja ja oppilas

Useful links

Early childhood education and care

Pre-primary and Basic Education