Frequently Asked Questions

Our experts answer some of the frequently asked questions on this page. If you can’t find an answer here, get in touch with us!

Pedagogical

What are the basic pillars of FinlandWay®’s methodology?

The main values of FinlandWay® are comprehensive child well-being, autonomy and skills development, and social and environmental responsibility.

What are the basic pillars of FinlandWay®’s methodology?

The main values of FinlandWay® are comprehensive child well-being, autonomy and skills development, and social and environmental responsibility.

How about academic skills and preparedness for primary school?

In FinlandWay® children learn academic skills through play and phenomenon-based approach, and will be preparing for life and primary school according to their age – this is scientifically proven to be the most efficient way to learn in the earliest years of life. 

The FinlandWay® programme provides plenty of opportunities for children to learn letters, vocabulary, writing, numeracy and STEM subjects. Our daily activities are designed to be naturally motivating, raising curiosity and promoting exploration.

Can I just buy the FinlandWay® curriculum?

We don’t sell the curriculum separately. A lasting improvement in the way of teaching or curriculum does not happen overnight, after a short one-off training or through dependency on expensive expatriate teachers.

We see children’s learning as a process influenced by several factors. The optimal outcome for the children is a combination of the curriculum and the daily plans, a consistent methodology, the learning environment and the professionalism and the commitment of the teachers. That is why we only sell FinlandWay® as a package.

Opening a FinlandWay® School

We already have our own preschool - are we able to convert it to become a FinlandWay® School?

The main values of FinlandWay® are comprehensive child well-being, autonomy and skills development, and social and environmental responsibility.

We already have our own preschool - are we able to convert it to become a FinlandWay® School?

Absolutely, in fact this is the fastest way to open a FinlandWay® school. Our World leading programme, and the power of a Finnish education brand, will give you an instant edge versus local competition. FinlandWay® schools are normally able to charge both higher student fees, and also to attract greater numbers of students. Both of which can make a significant impact to your schools revenue.

Will the system work in my location?

One of the strengths of our programme is that FinlandWay® can be adjusted to your location and has been adapted to multiple languages and cultures. We are also familiar with a variety of national early education frameworks and requirements  around the world 

Our localisation process will take place at the beginning of our relationship and is built on collaboration between you and our FinlandWay® pedagogical experts. Working with you, our experts will identify the differences between the education systems and help you ensure that requirements from your local authorities are met. 

We also celebrate and respect our partners’ local festivities and traditions – something for your children to grow to cherish as part of your heritage whilst also preparing them for an international future.

Launching my FinlandWay® School

We already have our own preschool - are we able to convert it to become a FinlandWay® School?

The main values of FinlandWay® are comprehensive child well-being, autonomy and skills development, and social and environmental responsibility.

How much time does it take to set up a FinlandWay® preschool?

From the first meeting, selection of location, signing the agreement & documentation plus infrastructure set-up for the Preschool, it may take 40-60 days. Once the contract has been signed, a minimum of 3 weeks is needed for the onboarding process, necessary training and other preparations before your FinlandWay® school launch.

Do you provide assistance in setting-up the infrastructure and a safe environment in the Preschool? Can you help me create an appropriate ambience? Where do I purchase the equipment, books, toys and other elements?

Yes, we do. We will work with you and your budget to make the most of the potential of your space. 

We will provide you with the appropriate manual and guidelines which lay out the aesthetics, look and feel of the centre and showcase the design and elements that are mandated for each FinlandWay® preschool. The interiors of your Preschool will have to be designed as per the guidelines given in the manual.

For existing schools converting into FinlandWay® schools, we will work with you to transform your existing spaces to highlight your move to represent the world’s leading system and an inviting, modern space for happy and exciting learning.

 

We don’t expect you to buy specialist equipment. We believe that most equipment and materials should be locally sourced for sustainability and to support your local economy.

How does the training work?

School operators and managers will receive comprehensive training about the operational and business aspects of running a FinlandWay® school. This is currently delivered as an online course.

FinlandWay® teacher training is designed and facilitated by senior lecturers and researchers from the University of Helsinki. The training starts with an intensive on-site training period in your location, followed by online course modules and on-the-job assignments for your teachers. Your teachers get to apply their new skills right away as part of their daily work and get feedback on their assignments from top experts from Finland.

Does our management team or our teachers need to speak English? Will the children learn English as part of the programme?

The programme is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Vietnamese (to date!). For other languages, please consult our team.

We know that offering bilingual education can be very attractive in your market. We can enable you to offer this to your students, advising you on teacher staffing, pedagogical best practice and operational arrangements and provide you with accompanying materials.

You are able to market and operate your school in your language of choice, however the primary method of communication with the FinlandWay® head office is in English and therefore we ask that you have a member of your management team that has a working knowledge of it.

Running my FinlandWay® School

Do you offer ongoing support?

Absolutely. You will get ongoing support for the entire duration of your contract with us as part of the FinlandWay® package. This includes pedagogical, operational and business support.

 

Your assigned Relationship Manager will work closely with your team, and will be there to assure that you get a good start with the learning program and teacher training. You will also benefit from periodical support calls, regular evaluations and a standardised feedback process.

 

Our interests are aligned with yours to provide the best possible education, build your reputation and make your school business as successful as possible. Our expert team will work with you to develop and maintain your business and marketing plans, and performance targets.

Do you offer ongoing support?

Absolutely. You will get ongoing support for the entire duration of your contract with us as part of the FinlandWay® package. This includes pedagogical, operational and business support.

 

Your assigned Relationship Manager will work closely with your team, and will be there to assure that you get a good start with the learning program and teacher training. You will also benefit from periodical support calls, regular evaluations and a standardised feedback process.

 

Our interests are aligned with yours to provide the best possible education, build your reputation and make your school business as successful as possible. Our expert team will work with you to develop and maintain your business and marketing plans, and performance targets.

Do you provide any marketing support to promote my Preschool?

Your assigned Relationship Manager and our marketing team expert will regularly help you plan your marketing strategy. You will be provided with marketing materials and visual assets that will help you promote your school. 

 

We will work with the local Finnish Embassy and representation to make sure that your school will get the highest recognition and visibility in your location.

Financials

Do you offer ongoing support?

Absolutely. You will get ongoing support for the entire duration of your contract with us as part of the FinlandWay® package. This includes pedagogical, operational and business support.

 

Your assigned Relationship Manager will work closely with your team, and will be there to assure that you get a good start with the learning program and teacher training. You will also benefit from periodical support calls, regular evaluations and a standardised feedback process.

 

Our interests are aligned with yours to provide the best possible education, build your reputation and make your school business as successful as possible. Our expert team will work with you to develop and maintain your business and marketing plans, and performance targets.

What level of tuition fees will the parent have to pay for admission at my Preschool?

The monthly or term tuition fees for your Preschool will vary depending upon the location and city you are planning to start the Preschool in. 

The fees levels will be discussed and decided between us as you take up the franchise. If you are an existing school, our team will be able to tell you if your current tuition fee level enables us to sustainably provide you with the required quality support. We would expect that using the FinlandWay programme will allow you to both increase your prices and recruit more students.

Do you offer any area exclusivity?

Every FinlandWay® school is given an exclusive catchment area as part of the standard package.  We are open to discussing broader area exclusivity with partners that are able and willing to represent us and grow our presence in their market with multiple FinlandWay® schools.