Co-operation between school and home has been specified in the curriculum. Parents have the primary task of raising their children. The school supports this task and is responsible for educating and teaching the student as a member of the school community. Parents’ meetings are an example of the forms of co-operation between the school and parents. Other forms of co-operation include teacher meetings, parents' association operations, and evaluation discussion in primary schools.
The task of the entire school staff is, in co-operation with the student's guardians, to support the pupil's school attendance, learning, as well as positive growth and development. If the student needs support, the student is provided with remedial education in his or her own class, individually with a remedial education teacher, in small groups, or remedial education groups.
Usually, students of seventh to ninth year go to the school located nearest their home. The school’s resources and the student’s particular subject choices may impact on the selection of the school location. Ultimately, the school location of the student is decided on by the provider of the education.
A student will receive a bus ticket if the distance to the nearest school (or the school allocated to him or her) is over 5 kilometres. If the student goes to another school, commuting is not paid for.
Jälkkäri – after-school activity for students
Jälkkäri, supervised after-school activity, is arranged in all schools with years 1 to 6. About 600 students attend Jälkkäri-activities in Jyväskylä. Jälkkäri is a pleasant combination of recreation and rest. A snack is also included in the programme. Jälkkäri aims to offer versatile and high quality activities as e.g. various hobby clubs. The presence of an adult ensures that it is safe to attend Jälkkäri after school. A small fee is collected for attending Jälkkäri.
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.
In Finland every child under school age (seven) is entitled to a place in day care run by the municipality. The goal of the day care services in Jyväskylä is to ensure that all children have the opportunity for a good childhood and meaningful development. The early education services aim at supporting balanced growth, development and learning as well as promoting the personal well-being of all children.