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October 19 - October 23

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Early Years Education Summit – Joy of Learning Together!

EYES2020 is the second edition of a unique opportunity to learn from the famous Finnish early years education at a practical level. In EYES2020 you will see everyday life in Finnish kindergartens (1-6 years)  and in a primary school (7-12 years).  You are able to shadow Finnish teachers to see how local ideas could be integrated into your classroom. In addition, you will participate in one of the biggest Early Years Education -conferences in Finland. In kindergartens you can also observe pre-school (6 years), which is part of the compulsory education in Finland.

In EYES2020 you will learn how to…

  • promote the holistic growth of each child and provide all children with equal opportunities?
    carry out versatile pedagogical activities based on play, arts, physical activity and cultural heritage?
    recognize the child’s need for individual support?
    ensure that children can influence matters concerning them?

Join us to learn more about these topics with other participants from around the world! Here is one of the comments from EYES2019 participants:

“Thank you for a wonderful experience, I want to come back again.”

 “So grateful the conference was so well planned and organized. Would highly recommend to others.“  Jessica Cowan, USA



 Monday 19th

17:00-18:00 Short introduction to Finnish Educational System
18:00-20:00 Welcome dinner, hosted by Mrs. Piia Roos (PhD, pedagogical expert)

Tuesday 20

08:00 Start from Senaatintori*
08:30-12:00 Kindergarten visit (1-6y) incl. lunch
12:45-15:00 Finnish Early Years Education -workshop at National Museum

Wednesday 21st

08:00 Start from Senaatintori*
08:30-12:00 Kindergarten visit (1-6y) incl. lunch
12:45-15:00 Cultural program with an educational hint

Thursday 22nd

08:00 Start from Senaatintori*
08:30-11:45 Primary school visit (7-12y) incl. lunch
12:30-15:30 Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, World Heritage Site -tour and a Finnish Basic Education – workshop

Friday 23rd

09:00-10:15 Time to explore Early Years Education Fair (Finlandia Hall, Helsinki)
10:30-12:00 Sharing the best practices -workshop (National Museum, Helsinki)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:45 Keynote presentations** by the top Finnish early childhood education experts (National Museum, Helsinki)
14:45-15:00 Wrap-up

* Departure in the morning from Senaatintori (Senate Square), in front of Statue of Alexander II.
** Will be announced later

IMPORTANT! If there are differences between the brochure and the website, you can count on the website as it has updated information.


Piia Roos (PhD, Teacher of early years) has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and a leader in Finnish child care centers. For the past 10 years she worked as a teacher in vocational collage for practical nurses majoring in early childhood education. Now Ms. Roos works as a lecturer and consult through her own company (www.piiaroos.fi).  In addition, she is a partner in VisitEDUfinn Ltd. Her special interests are children’s perspective and participation.


Kati Rintakorpi (PhD, Teacher of early years) is an experienced day care professional, kindergarten teacher and doctor of early childhood education with a wide practical and theoretical know-how. She has been working as a kindergarten teacher, entrepreneur and manager for over 20 years. In addition she has worked as a non-fiction writer, consultant end educator for early childhood education practitioners in Finland and abroad for more than 10 years. 



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Janniina Vlasov (PhD, Teacher of early years) works as a senior advisor at Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. She’s an advocate for better early childhood education and care, both nationally and internationally.

Eeva Hujala (Professor Emerita)  During her career Ms. Hujala has been teaching and researching in many Finnish universities as well as in universities abroad. Her expertise focuses on leadership, development of pedagogical practices and quality management in early childhood education.


Linda Nurhonen (M.A., Teacher of early years) has over 10 years of experience as a teacher in early childhood education. Her special interests are early music education, empathy and compassion. She is currently working for University of Helsinki on a project titled Expanding circles of empathy and compassion, funded by Finnish National Agency for Education.



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Jenni Salminen (PhD, Teacher of early years) is a post doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä. She is currently working in VUOKKO follow-up study (2018–2021), funded by the Academy of Finland. Her research focuses on exploring the effects of teacher-child interactions and pedagogical practices on child’s development and learning in early childhood education and care settings.


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Elina Kataja (M.Ed., Teacher of early years) works as a coordinator in Early childhood education in the city of Hämeenlinna. She also works as an educator and she is concentrated especially in participation as a heart of the National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care.



Emma Kurenlahti (M.Ed., Teacher of early years) is interested in the research of compassion, structural violence, moral education and environmental education. She is currently working for The University of Helsinki in a project titled Expanding Circles of Empathy and Compassion in Early Childhood Education. She is also the president of Foundation of Environmental Education, FEE Finland.



All participants should register for the event. Please read all information below before using the event online registration forms to register for EYES2020.



Early bird   790€   (until  July 31st)

Normal       990€   (from Aug 1st) 

The registration fee includes:

– Admission to Early Childhood Education Fair
– Conference materials
– Transportation during the program
– Kindergarten and school visits 
– Lunches during the kindergarten and school visits
– Welcome dinner
– Guided tour to Suomenlinna 
– Certificate of attendance


Please choose your payment type on the online registration form. The options are 

– Online credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
– Bank transfer. The invoice with the necessary information will be sent to you with the confirmation email. The participant should assume all the bank transaction fees. 

Please note that all payments must be made in advance and in euros (€). 

IMPORTANT: For VAT exemption you need to register as a representative/employee of a company or organization and present a tax certificate from your country. The certificates needs to be send by email to info@visitedufinn.com in order to get a link for a registration and invoicing without VAT.

Cancellation Policy 

All cancellations must be made by email to info@visitedufinn.com. If you do not cancel your participation at all, you will be charged the full fee. 

For cancellations received by 31 July 2020, the paid registration fee will be refunded. No refunds will be made for cancellations made after this date. Please note that a processing fee of 50€ will be deducted from all refunds. If unable to attend, the registered person may substitute someone else from the same organisation by sending a notification to info@visitedufinn.com. 

Any questions about practical arrangements, registration, hotel booking and payments? Please contact info@visitedufinn.com


There are plenty of nice hotels and hostels in the city center of Helsinki. An average price in a 4-star hotel is around 150€/double room/night. The most convenient choice would be finding the accommodation close to or with easy access to Senaatintori (Senate Square), which is the starting place for all the visits. 

To compare and make your choice, please visit: 30 best hotels in Helsinki


1. Helsinki City Museum

The Helsinki City Museum is the world’s only museum focusing on Helsinki. It is located in the oldest quarters of the city, at the corner of the Senate Square. It is a museum of everyday life, offering new perspectives to the history of the city, heart-warming details and many types of spaces and atmospheres. The permanent Helsinki Bites exhibition plunges into the history of Helsinki and collects shared memories of the past. In the Children’s Town, generations meet and learn about the past by doing things together. The Time Machine offers time travel with the help of new technology. You’ll also find a museum shop and café/wine bar El Fant in the building.  

 2. Oodi, Helsinki Central Library

Oodi is Helsinki’s new Central Library and a living meeting place in the city centre on the Kansalaistori Square. Oodi is a venue for events, a house of reading and a diverse urban experience. It will provide its users with knowledge, new skills and stories, and will be an easy place to access for learning, story immersion, work and relaxation. Oodi is a library of a new era, a living and functional meeting place open for all.


3. Löyly

Public sauna and restaurant complex in Hernesaari district on the southern tip of Helsinki. The complex includes a traditional Finnish smoke sauna, two other wood-heated saunas, a year-round terrace and a restaurant. It is possible to take a swim in the sea, also in winter. There are separate changing rooms and shower facilities for men and women but as the saunas and other public areas are mixed, this means that customers are respectfully asked that swimming costumes are worn at all times.



4. Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki

This breathtakingly beautiful virtual cinema experience takes you around and inside Helsinki’s most interesting landmarks, without worries about the weather or distance. Soar over Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and dive into the catacombs, hover above the altar at the Helsinki Rock Church and enjoy the speed of Finnish lakeside roads.



5. Temppelinaukio Rock Church

Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is situated in the heart of Helsinki, at the end of Fredrikinkatu. Because of its special architecture, the church, completed in 1969, is one of the main attractions in Helsinki. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. The interior walls are of rugged rock and rubble wall. Before noon, the light spreads from the row of windows surrounding the roof periphery to the altar wall, where an ice-age crevice serves as the altarpiece. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts.


6. Senate Square

The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture. The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel (1778-1840): Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. A statue of Alexander II (1894) stands in the middle of the Senate Square. Helsinki Cathedral is arguably Finland’s most famous and photographed building. The oldest stone building in Helsinki is the Sederholm House located on the southeast corner of the square. Today the building hosts the Helsinki City Museum. The Esplanade park and the Market Square are just a block away. The Senate Square also hosts a sound installation called the Sound of the Senate Square. It is a modern version of the European glockenspiel and can be heard every day at 17:49 as it travels from one building to the next. The composition runs for 5 minutes 18 seconds and is composed by Harri Viitanen and Jyrki Alakuijala.





Helsinki was founded in 1550 and became capital of Finland in 1812. Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel. Helsinki’s current population is about 604,380, but the Greater Helsinki region including neighboring cities has a population of 1.5 million. Helsinki is a beautiful seaside city that offers lots of interesting sites and activities to discover.

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Finnish taxis are reliable and accept all the major credit cards. 



Weather in Helsinki

In early October, the weather is quite unpredictable, it might be still summery or very autumnal. Probably you can enjoy spectacular autumn colours in mild  temperatures around 10 celsius.   Please visit the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s website for updated news on weather in Helsinki:  https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/




The official languages in Finland are Finnish and Swedish but practically everyone knows basic English, and especially the people involved in tourism speak very good English. The EYES2020 language is English.



The Finnish currency unit is the Euro. You can exchange foreign currency and traveller’s cheques either in banks, airport or hotels. There are numerous cash machines (ATMs) open around the clock and accepting all major credit cards. Major credit cards, in particular Visa, Eurocard and Mastercard are widely accepted almost everywhere (in hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, cafeterias, bars, etc.).



The electric current in Finland is 230V, 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin continental size.



The time in Finland is GMT+2


For additional information about practical arrangements, please contact: 

Piia Roos
Tel. +358 505 242 176
Email: piia.roos@visitedufinn.com


For additional information about registration and payments, please contact:


VisitEDUfinn Ltd.
Ensi linja 1
00530 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 409 684 987
Email: info@visitedufinn.com


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