Special Day Care

The aim of special day care is to discover the child’s need for support as early as possible and to prevent any problems. The need for support can either be short-term or long-term and it shall be related to the child’s normal development. For a child in need of support, special support for development, growth and learning is arranged at its own care location. Special care requires the close cooperation of the parents. 

The support is customised into the following three levels for the child’s growth and learning: general, intensified and special support.

General support in early childhood education is qualitative early childhood education, which supports all children with the help of pedagogical systems. Pedagogical systems can be clear structures for the activity, clarification of the everyday activities through images, and support, adaptation of the active environment, small-group activities and differentiation.

Intensified support is required if general support is not sufficient. The intensified support is a regular and scheduled support and is more intensive and it takes place over a longer period of time than does general support.  

Special support ,as a rule, is offered when the child suffers from a disability, illness, developmental delay or emotional problems. Special support entails day care provided in accordance with the child’s individual goals. 

In cooperation with parents, the children's group’s teachers and those sectors that support the child, an activity and action plan can be worked out for the child. The plan is periodically evaluated. In the preschool instruction, a learning plan for intensified support or an individual plan for the child’s learning in preschool (HOJKS) is developed.

If necessary, the children's group can be made smaller or an assistant can be employed. If the support efforts at the child’s own care location are not sufficient, the child shall have the opportunity to be integrated into a special group. (Hyper link, text behind the hyper link)