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Finland : An international approach to Physical Development (2019)

Sääkslahti, A., & Duncombe, R. (2019). Finland : An international approach to Physical Development. In R. Duncombe (Ed.), The Physical Development Needs of Young Children (pp. 60-74). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429469831-6

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Sääkslahti, Arja; Duncombe, Rebecca

Parent publication: The Physical Development Needs of Young Children

Parent publication editors: Duncombe, Rebecca

ISBN: 978-1-138-60193-2

eISBN: 978-0-429-46983-1

Publication year: 2019

Pages range: 60-74

Number of pages in the book: 232

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429469831-6

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67435


This chapter outlines a number of comparisons between Finland and the United Kingdom, in relation to physical development opportunities, Physical Education (PE) and physical activity. In Finland, teaching is a very attractive profession, with just 10 per cent of applicants admitted to be trained as teachers. Teaching is valued as one of the top four professions in Finland, and PE teachers belong to this highly valued group requiring a five-year Master’s degree. In Finland, early education covers the 0–8 age range and is designed to provide continuous and progressive education and care from the Early Years, to preschool and through to the early part of Primary School. The aim of early childhood education and care in Finland is to promote the holistic growth, health and well-being of each child as determined by his or her age and development.

Keywords: child development; physical development; early childhood education and care; physical training; physical education (upbringing)

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 3

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