Pre-primary education pupil welfare
Pre-primary education pupils have the right to pupil welfare, i.e. the care of the child’s overall well-being as an individual and as part of a group. Pupil welfare means promoting and maintaining the child’s good learning, balanced mental and physical health and social well-being as well as their prerequisites in the pre-primary education community. As a rule, pupil welfare is carried out as preventive measures that support the entire pre-primary education community. In addition, children are entitled to individual pupil welfare.
Pre-primary education pupil welfare is provided through multidisciplinary cooperation with the Education Services and Social and Health Services in such a way that it ensures a functional and coherent approach. Pupil welfare is carried out in cooperation with the child and guardians, taking into account the age and prerequisites of the child. Solutions to concerns identified in the well-being of the pre-primary education community or child are sought together with the guardian.
In pre-primary education, pupil welfare is the responsibility of the pre-primary education community personnel and the employees in charge of the pupil welfare services. The pre-primary education personnel are primarily responsible for the well-being of the pre-primary education community. The pupil welfare services include the services of a psychologist and school social worker as well as health care services.
The involvement of children and guardians is essential in community-based pupil welfare and it promotes well-being. In addition to community-based pupil welfare, children are entitled to individual pupil welfare. Individual pupil welfare work is always started in cooperation with the pre-primary education personnel and the guardian. If you are concerned about your child’s well-being in pre-primary education, talk to the personnel of your child’s pre-primary education group or contact the special-needs teacher in early childhood education, school social worker or school nurse.
The service is free of charge.
Service background and legislation
A pupil in pre-primary education is entitled to pupil welfare, i.e. care for the child’s holistic wellbeing both as an individual and as part of a group. The personal services provided to pupils in pre-primary education include the health care services provided by child welfare clinics and psychologist and school social worker services. If necessary, a multidisciplinary expert group can be assembled to support the child.
The aim of pupil welfare is to create a healthy and safe learning and growth environment for children, support their learning, alleviate and prevent learning obstacles and difficulties, protect mental health, and prevent exclusion.
Pupil welfare services in pre-primary education are implemented by wellbeing services county authorities in collaboration with the child’s parents or guardians and the child.