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International conference on early childhood education in Helsinki – Registration is now open!


You are warmly welcome to join the international conference Children first – Designing sustainable early childhood education in Helsinki, Finland 4–7 May 2020.

We offer a high-quality conference that highlights the latest research and the best global practices on early childhood education and care (ECEC). In Finland, all development of ECEC focuses on the child. Have a look at our presentation video on YouTube


The conference is built around five themes: pedagogically, ecologically, socially, culturally and economically strong ECEC. Read what our Director General Olli-Pekka Heinonen writes about the themes in the conference blog.

The conference programme includes keynote speeches and an optional programme combining theory and practice and visits to different inspiring Finnish ECEC environments. During the conference you will have many opportunities to meet colleagues from all over the world also in informal events. Read more: www.oph.fi/en/children-first


We are pleased to announce that the online registration for the upcoming ECEC conference  Children first is now open.  Early bird fees are available until 20.3.2020.

You can find further information and registration on our conference pages www.oph.fi/en/children-first. If you have any questions, please contact us: childrenfirst@oph.fi.

We hope you will join this global discussion on ECEC. See you in spring time in Nordic Helsinki!  Follow us and participate in the discussion on Twitter #childrenfirst2020