Finnish fun at pre-school

Finland is well known for its excellent educational system and childcare subsidies. Here, children don’t go to school until they are seven and must attend pre-school from the ages of 4-6, with a strong focus on outdoor play. Children spend up to 1.5 hrs per day outside and are only kept indoors when the temperature goes below -20C.

Government subsidies keep childcare affordable with parents paying a maximum of €290 per month in fees, and excellent parental leave means most children stay at home until they are about 3.

Could Ireland learn from their model?