THE FINLAND PRESCHOOL – Q&A

Q&A 

School year 2019-2020

1. What is special about the curriculum of the Finnish Preschool in comparison with others’?

– Full coverage of the Finnish National Core Curriculum, adjustable for key goals of the local curriculum

– Phenomenon-led and play-based thematic learning covering all the learning areas of the National Core Curriculum Weekly and daily teacher instructions for activities and observation

– Learning tracking and reporting by each learning area for the most appropriate goals for each age group Pedagogically designed learning environment supporting learning and children’s active participation and creativity

– A parental mobile app and platform providing detailed information on the programme and daily/periodic digital reports on the child’s individual learning

2. A majority of preschools nowadays have applied the “Playful learning” methodology, how would it be implemented at the Finnish Preschool?

– “Playful learning” by many operators often means that they give the children more games (eg digital games) during tuition or perhaps integrate a play day or moment to their general programme. We consider this “game-based” interpretation to be a misunderstanding of play-based approach. 

– In FinlandWay®, the playful learning methodology is integrated into the tuition based on latest scientific findings and best practices from Finland.

– The way “Playful Learning” is understood in Finland, the children are presented with a structured but joyful programme that consists of logically sequenced, purposeful playful activities throughout the day and week. Each of these activities have a pedagogical purpose and function, and they engage the children in a holistic and natural manner, stimulating their curiosity and motivation and are facilitated by a specifically trained teacher.  Our scientific understanding of brain development and the psychology of learning has guided the selection of the activities used for each age group, and the activities are presented in a certain order. 

– It is a great differentiation from the use of additional games to an otherwise traditional programme or the separation of play moments from the main curriculum.

3. If all the activities are play-based, where is the learning happening for my child?

– You will receive information on the mobile app and from your teachers during the programme about the specific daily and periodic learning targets. 

– Keep following the app on a daily basis.

4. How can I find out whether or not my child has acquired new knowledge through play-based activities or not?

– You will receive information on the mobile app and from your teachers during the programme about the specific daily and periodic learning targets. 

– Keep following the app on a daily basis.

5. The curriculum that was developed on these 05 themes were based on what criteria?

– The 5 themes follow the 5 ares of the Finnish national curriculum, ensuring comprehensive school preparedness and a well-rounded education by primary school.

6. How and on what criteria were the learning targets of these themes developed?

– The learning targets come from the Finnish national curriculum and have been matched with the learning targets required by the Vietnamese national curriculum. 

7. Do the themes differ for different age groups? Because if not, wouldn’t the child feel it being repetitive? Do the themes vary or repeat themselves through out the preschool years?

– There are big themes that are revisited over the years to ensure they correspond to the evolving understanding and self-image of the child; but each year the weekly programming is different

8. For every school year, there are 05 themes. Would these themes stay the same or get changed in the following school year?)

– As per above, at every age the child will have different weekly themes so they will get a varied experience, whilst also accumulating new competences and building on their acquired skills.

9. When getting to the First grade of primary education, the child would have to know the letters of the alphabet to be able to study in First grade. Would my child be able to do so after learning at the Finnish Preschool?

– From a MOET official and Google, teaching letters or any Primary education-level lessons in Preschool is forbidden. Teachers can only support the children to be familiar with letters and the learning environment in pre-primary education.)

10. If my child’s skills are too advanced for his age group, would the Preschool allow my child to skip a con grade?

–  The child’s needs and group allocation is assessed with the head teacher of the school. Children also benefit from learning both cognitive and non-cognitive skills and socioemotional competences from both younger and older children. 

11. If my child can’t speak English, how long would it take for my child to learn to be able to speak English like his/her friends?

– Language development and acquisition are very individual processes but in our experience the play-based approach of FinlandWay elsewhere in the world has improved children’s confidence and initiative for the natural and spontaneous use of foreign language also outside of the classroom context (ie children discussing and playing in English with each other). 

12. In the Bilingual class, there would only be 02 English lessons per day. Would that be sufficient for my child to be able to speak English fluently after Preschool?

– The amount and extent of tuition in English is decided by the school, which will. The FinlandWay methodology supports the children with their adoption of the language for natural everyday interaction.

13. Does the Preschool organize Parents’ meetings? Would those meetings be for all of the parents of the class (in groups) or for individual parents (one-on-one)?

–  The FinlandWay app will keep the parents informed about the individual development and activities of their child and also activities at the school – use the information to support your child

14. From whom have the teachers received training of the Finnish Preschool curriculum from? How long did the training take?

– The FinlandWay methodology training takes over a year in total. The trainers are experienced Educationists and education scientists from the University of Helsinki. In the case of FIPS, the initial training was done by Dr Jonna Kangas (PhD Early Education), a senior lecturer and internationally published author in ECE.

15. How many classes are there in the Preschool? What’s the number of students per class?

– We have six classes total. 

– Our Nursery program has one international class.  

– While the Kindergarden has four classes, two of which are international classes and the other two are bilingual.  

– The last is our Preschool program which has one international class.

– Maximum 15 students per class.

16. How many teachers are there in 01 class?

– Every class has two teachers.  The international class will have one foreigner teacher and an assistant teacher.  

– Our bilingual classes will have two local teachers and a foreigner teacher that would provide two 30-minute English lessons per day.

17. How to track my child’s learning performance in the most convenient way?

– The FinlandWay app will keep the parents informed about the individual development and activities of their child and also activities at the school – use the information to support your child!

– Also, regularly talk to your class teacher and the head teacher at the school!

18. Does the Preschool arrange transportation/pick-up services?

– Currently our school does not provide a bus service. 

– However we are looking into providing this additional service, depending on the amount of inquiries and requests for bus transportation

19. Would parents have access to the security camera feed?

– FIPS has a highly selective process when hiring teachers.  We not only consider their work experience, but also their passion and enthusiasm towards early childhood education.  

– Our cameras monitor the teachers at all times. Unfortunately, for the privacy of other parent’s childrens, we prohibit parents from viewing camera feeds. 

20. Does the Preschool organize camping trips? How many trips will there be per school year?

– Yes, we will provide four field trips for students throughout the year which has been designed and constructed based on the program themes.

21. What’s the daily diet of a student? How many meals are there and how much milk would be consumed? What type of milk?

– The school will have meals in the morning, noon and afternoon.

– The school will also provide Dalat milk once in the morning and another in the afternoon.

22. What is the payment method for tuition fee?

– There are two forms of payments for the tuition that is accepted by the school.  Direct payment at the admission office or bank deposit transfer at the bank information listed below:

Bank account:  Cong ty TNHH GIAO DUC MAM NON BAC AU

Bank number: 007.1.00.1301678

Bank: Vietcombank Hochiminh City Branch

23. Are there swimming lessons for the children?

– When enough children enroll in swimming classes.

– We will be excited to provide a class once a week after school. 

24. What criteria is the teacher’s selection based on?

– The school has a highly selective process when choosing our teachers.  Our international teachers are selected directly from Finland.  All of our teachers must have degrees in education with good experiences.  Not only do we review their education and experience but also consider their passion and positivity towards early childhood education and care

25. What is the process of teacher selection?

– Teachers are recruited based on the following procedures:

– Step 1: High-level degrees and work experience

– Step 2: Selective interview process with personnel department

– Step 3: After passing the first interview, the candidate will have a second interview and be accepted for a trial period.

26. Are we allowed to have a trial period at the Finnish Kindergarten?

– Currently, FIPS does not provide a trial period for your child.

– However, parents are welcome to come visit our school and be free to allow your child to explore and be acquainted with the people and classrooms.

27. After the admission process, what is the process to pay tuition and other fees?

– After submission of the application, the admission office will send information to the parent’s email address.  

– They will also call each family to provide more detailed information or answer any questions.  The payment and tuition fees are also specified in the Financial Regulation form

28. Would it be possible to redo the placement?

– Yes, you are welcome to contact the school to schedule a second.

29. What is the procedure to enroll into the school?

Parent’s can contact us at any of the listed information below:

Email: info@fips.edu.vn

Hotlines: 028.2253.7003 – 0702.019988

Office:  24, Street No.44, Thao Dien ward, Districts 2.

30. Is the Finland Preschool an international school? What is the school program?

– The Finland Preschool is an International school.

– The school program is supported by the Finnish government and related government agencies as well being recognized by FinlandWay and other qualified educational authorities in Finland and worldwide

31. What is the scale of school facilities?

– The school facilities are nearly 1000m2 with various functioning areas such as the library, playground, swimming pool, nurses room, and 6 classrooms.

– Each classroom meets the required space for each child which is  1.1m2 per child. 

32. Will families have to pay for school field trips?

– The admission fee includes all field trips.

33. If the child is unable to attend school for a long period of time because of family or health issues, will the school provide a refund?

– The school will provide refunds to families who have children absent for more than 3 days.  The refund will begin from the third absent day and onwards.

34. Does the school provide daily menus for their students? Will parents also receive these menus?

– A professional food supplier called The Caterers who have experience providing food to many renowed international schools will work with us in providing daily meals for our students.  

– Daily menus will be provided and sent to the parents by the customer care office. 

35. Are families responsible to buy or provide blankets and pillows for the students?

– The school will provide students with pillows, blankets, and bed which is included in the admission fee.

– You may request additional sleep sets with our customer care office.

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