Early childhood and basic education support service staff are there to help if a child finds it difficult to attend school or they are struggling with learning, for example. Staff will also liaise with the child’s family, teachers and other staff at the child’s school and they are a great source of help and guidance on parenting skills.
The purpose of family counselling is to support families with children in different challenging life situations. In children’s matters, the services are mainly meant for children under the age of 13.
Family Counselling employs psychologists, social workers and a children’s psychiatrist, who usually meet families in work pairs. Jyväskylä's Family Counselling serves residents of the following municipalities: Jyväskylä, Hankasalmi, Joutsa, Luhanka, Muurame, Petäjävesi, Toivakka and Uurainen.
Families can contact the family counselling directly. No referral is needed.
All 6-year-old children and those 5-year-old children who are included in extended compulsory education have the right also to a free pre-school education. Participating in pre-school education is optional. Pre-school education is given in the daycare centres and in some schools. The daycare centres and schools have a common curriculum.
Pre-school education follows the schedule for the school's academic year. Teaching is given on school days for approximately four hours a day.