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HEI Schools wins Grand Prix in prestigious Fennia Prize design competition

HEI Schools had the honor of winning the Fennia Prize, one of the most respected design awards in Europe. The Fennia Prize competition rewards companies and organizations that strategically use design in their business. ...

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The Top 10 Benefits of the Holistic Approach to ECE

Holistic development is the social, emotional, physical, mental, and intellectual growth of a person. It’s an important focus area in early childhood education and care because children develop rapidly between the ages ...

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Teaching

How to take a holistic approach to early education?

If you've read our other articles about the holistic approach to ECE, you may now be wondering how you could implement holistic practices in your own classroom. In this article, we'd like to offer a few easy tips for ...

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HEI Schools & Kompas Int. College Start Teacher Training Collaboration

HEI Schools, a Finnish early education company, and Kompas International College (KIC) in Ipoh, Malaysia  have signed an agreement to collaborate in Kompas Int. College’s Early Childhood Education Teacher program in ...

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Education

Holistic Education versus Traditional Education During the Early Years

Holistic education and its approach is most often compared to traditional education methods when looking at how children learn and develop skills during their early years. The biggest difference between the two is that ...

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Education

What is Holistic Development?

Imagine you are building a house. You make detailed plans for the study with specifications about how big the room should be, where the desk should go and the size of the windows. As for the rest of the house, you leave ...

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Education

How The Best Early Childhood Education System Really Works

The writer is originally from China, now living and working in Finland. As a mother of a two-year-old boy, she has firsthand experience about the early childhood education system of Finland. Here she shares her ...

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Education

My Experience with Finnish Early Childhood Education

As a mother of a two-year-old boy, I have thought about finding a daycare for him since he was born. Coming from China where it is usually a long and difficult process, I thought that this would also be the case in ...

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HEI Schools Diploma

Diploma Diaries: A New Teacher Finds Her Style

Our Diploma community is growing quickly, and we now have over 350 students representing 40 countries! With such a large community, we are highlighting members every month to give them the attention they deserve. This ...

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Business

EF chooses HEI Schools as their teacher training partner

EF, the international education company, selected HEI Schools, a Finnish early education company, as their trusted teacher training partner for an early education pilot program in China. 

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Business

Including All Kids: How HEI Schools Incorporates Diversity

Inclusion and special needs are becoming increasingly important in the educational field, especially during the last two years when many schools were required to shut down or implement remote teaching due to the ...

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Education

STEAM Education for Little Ones: It's child's play!

What is STEAM education? There's a lot of buzz about STEAM education, but what's it all about? STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, and it has become increasingly buzz-worthy due to ...

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Company news

Together, We Are Stronger - The HEI Schools Global Community

At HEI Schools, we’re united by one thing: a passion for early childhood education. This common goal has brought us together with like-minded people around the world and helped us create a wonderful community, which is ...

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Company news

HEI Schools on CNN — HEI Schools

We were honored to be featured in the following CNN article on April 5, 2019.   Can happiness be exported? One Finnish school believes so. By Lianne Kolirin, CNN (CNN) - Finland has emerged as the happiest nation in the ...

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Business

HEI Schools and SEGi University and Colleges to begin a collaboration

  HEI Schools, a Finnish early education company, and SEGi University and Colleges in Malaysia have signed an agreement to cooperate in developing SEGi’s Early Childhood Education Teacher Diploma program in Malaysia. ...

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Business

HEI Schools to collaborate with the City and University of Helsinki

HEI Schools is starting a collaboration with the City of Helsinki and the University of Helsinki in a kindergarten in Jätkäsaari, a neighborhood in Helsinki. The goal of the collaboration is to further develop the ...

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Family

The Best Educational Books and Resources About Finnish Education

Finland is well-known for its education system, and there are many resources out for those who want to know more. We've compiled some of the best books, website and webinars to help you get familiar with the Finnish ...

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Business

HEI Schools receives €2 Million investment

We are very happy to announce that HEI Schools has received €2 million investment from Practica Capital and Tesi in its latest funding round. The money will be used to continue building and strengthening the growing ...

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Business

The Story & Science Behind the HEI Schools Design

Every adult knows that it can be hard to get children to focus. The younger they are, the more easily they get distracted. Research even proves it! [1] At HEI Schools, we created our learning design so that children can ...

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The Finnish education company will be opening its first Learning Center in Bangkok in 2021. This will be the first of two HEI Schools opening in partnership with the local team, Children Must Play Co, Ltd.
Company news

HEI Schools expands into Thailand

The Finnish education company will be opening its first Learning Center in Bangkok in 2021. This will be the first of two HEI Schools opening in partnership with the local team, Children Must Play Co, Ltd.     Helsinki ...

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Education

Early Learning for Babies and Toddlers

"Can toddlers learn anything?" "Is early education just babysitting?" "What’s the point of bringing my baby to school?" We hear these questions often in our line of work, and our answers are yes, no and let us explain! ...

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Partner Talks

Partner Talks - HEI Schools Australia

At HEI Schools, we receive many questions about what it’s like to start and run a Learning Center with us. To address those topics, we started a new series called “Partner Talks” in which we sit down with our current ...

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Nami Island Arts and Education Inc. and HEI Schools celebrate the signing of HEI Schools Nami Island
Business

HEI Schools to open HEI Schools Club on Nami Island, Republic of Korea

From left: Mr. Fred Minn, CEO, and Ms. Ellen Chang, Chief International Liaison of Nami Island Arts and Education Inc., Ms. Inkeri Mentzoni, Director of Sales, and Mr. Heikki Vartia, Sales and Partnership Manager of HEI ...

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How to implement the HEI Schools Toolkit at YOUR kindergarten
Business

How to Implement the HEI Schools Toolkit in Your School

The Finnish approach to early childhood education is well-known for a reason! Its progressive pedagogy places the child’s needs and interests at the center with a focus on holistic growth and transversal competencies ...

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Partner Talks

Partner Talks: HEI Schools San Rafael

At HEI Schools, we receive many questions about what it’s like to start and run a Learning Center with us. To address those topics, we started a new series called “Partner Talks” in which we sit down with our current ...

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Education

Talking to Mentor Teachers: Liisa

At HEI Schools, we ensure that Finnish pedagogy is implemented in all of our local Learning Centers and Clubs by providing thorough introductory teacher training and management training to all local staff and by sending ...

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Education

Finnish Teacher Training in a Nutshell

As experts in Finnish education, a question we often get asked is: “What’s the secret to Finnish education?” Our answer: The teachers. In Finland, teacher training, as well as the approach to the teaching, is different ...

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Company news

HEI Schools opens a preschool in Cairo with Finnish educational model

Laura Kansikas-Debraise, the Ambassador of Finland in Cairo (fourth from right) opened the HEI Schools New Cairo preschool on Sunday, August 16th, 2020 together with HEI Schools New Cairo CEO & Business Development ...

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Business

6 Reasons Why Finnish Early Childhood Education is Excellent

For the past ten years, Finland’s education system has been praised as one of the best in the world. The most recent PISA scores in 2018, showed that Finnish students aged 15 years old were one of the top five in ...

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Education

Montessori & Finnish ECE: Daily School Life, Standardization & Development (Part 3)

  Welcome to our article series about how Finland's early education model compares to Montessori. In this series, we deliver a clear picture of how these two different approaches take shape in the classroom and which ...

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Family

Montessori & Finnish ECE: Learning Philosophies & Environments (Part 2)

  Welcome to our article series about how Finland's early education model compares to Montessori. In this series, we deliver a clear picture of how these two different approaches take shape in the classroom and which ...

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Family

Comparing Montessori & Finnish ECE: Their  History (Part 1)

As a parent, choosing the type of early childhood education appropriate for your child can be challenging. There are a variety of well-established alternative preschool models, such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio ...

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Family

6 Ways to Effectively Implement Routines with Your Children

Routines are helpful for any person, no matter what their age. However, for children, it is especially important to establish and maintain routines. it gives them a sense of security and comfort, and it can also help ...

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Family

Expanding the circle of compassion in the time of global crisis

By: Professor Lasse Lipponen, Early Childhood Education professor at University of Helsinki and Co-Founder of HEI Schools Who do you care about the most? Who would you help in their time of need? For many of us, the ...

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Business

4 Ways We Localize the HEI Schools Learning Center Concept

One of the most common questions we receive is how we localize the HEI Schools Learning Center concept. Though based on the Finnish curriculum and model of early childhood education and care, we have developed methods ...

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Family

Parents: Are you a Gardener or a Carpenter?

  With the COVID-19 crisis closing schools and sending workers home, many parents will be spending a significant amount of time with their children in the next few weeks as children learn remotely. At HEI Schools, ...

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Company news

University of Helsinki’s Educational Sciences Ranks 23rd in the World

We are proud to announce that our shareholder and partner, University of Helsinki, has been ranked 23rd in the world for Educational Sciences in the 2020 QS World University rankings. This is the third consecutive year ...

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Education

Nordic Know-How: Teaching Children About Themselves & the World

Nordic education systems, and indeed Nordic values, are renowned the world over. Why? Source: HEI Schools In a recent New York Times opinion piece, “This is How Scandinavia Got Great,”* author David Brooks argues that ...

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Education

Praising Children is More Effective than Reprimanding

Many times it feels like increasing your volume when speaking to children just doesn’t motivate them. So what can help? Research shows that praising children in the classroom leads to more on-task behavior and focus. At ...

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Mr Mohamed Farid, Mr Eero Väisänen, Ambassador Petri Puhakka, Ms Mardhiah Zain, Ms Syahirah Hanim Jermadi, and Mr Heikki Vartia
Company news

HEI Schools Expands Into Malaysia with Curriculum Partnership

Pictured left to right: Mr Mohamed Farid, Mr Eero Väisänen, Ambassador Petri Puhakka, Ms Mardhiah Zain, Ms Syahirah Hanim Jermadi, and Mr Heikki Vartia. Helsinki International Schools Group (HEI Schools), a Finnish ...

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Education

Children Study Better in Calm Environments

A recent study has shown that visually rich surroundings distract children from their studies, while less distracting environments improve their performance. A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Child ...

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Education

How to be Happy: The Importance of Creative, Active Children

The OECD recently released the results for its global test of 15-year-olds in math, science and reading, known as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). China and Singapore ranked first and second, ...

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Education

Let them play: Children who play more grow up healthier

Photo by Robert Collins on Unsplash The World Health Organization’s most recent guidelines about physical activity show that children under five should play more and sit less in order to establish healthy lifestyle ...

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HEI Schools is a HundrED Global Innovation for the third time in a row!
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HEI Schools again recognized as HundrED Innovator

HEI Schools is excited to announce that it has once again been selected by the global education nonprofit HundrED, in its third global innovation collection, HundrED 2020, highlighting 100 of the brightest innovations ...

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Company news

HEI Schools to expand in Saudi Arabia

Press release The Finnish educational company to open three Finnish-based schools in the Kingdom: Riyadh in 2020 and Jeddah & Dammam in 2021 Helsinki International Schools (HEI Schools), a Finnish company backed by ...

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Partner Talks

Partner talks - HEI Schools Senayan

At HEI Schools, we receive many questions about what it’s like to start and run a Learning Center with us. To address those topics, we started a new series called “Partner Talks” in which we sit down with our current ...

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Company news

HEI Schools chosen as finalist for Fast Company's Award 2019

PRESS RELEASE April 8th 2019 Selected from over 2,000 entries, HEI Schools was named a finalist for its impactful work globalizing Nordic wellbeing through education. Fast Company Media is an international leader in the ...

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Business

HEI Schools and Kide Science join forces to globalize early education

PRESS RELEASE March 15th 2019 HEI Schools, a Finnish early childhood education (ECE) company delivering the acclaimed Finnish model to early education ECE operators worldwide has just teamed up with Kide Science to ...

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Company news

HEI Schools named top-100 in global education

The Finnish-based preschool model was selected from over 1,000 participants as one of the most innovative educational platforms in the world. World renowned education nonprofit HundrED (hundred.org) has selected HEI ...

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Company news

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia join the global network of HEI Schools in 2019

We are excited to announce the opening of two new HEI Schools in 2019. Kuwait City, Kuwait and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will join our global network bringing a new geographical area and culture to our HEI Schools community. ...

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Company news

Expansion of the HEI Schools network in China

With a new multi-unit contract signed, two new HEI Schools in Chengdu and Shanghai are confirmed to open in the fall of 2019. This is an extension to the HEI Schools China family with schools already in in Guangzhou and ...

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Company news

HEI Schools Wins 2 Gold Awards and a Grand Prix

HEI Schools, with an international concept in early childhood education, was awarded two Gold Awards (Best Product and Best Service) and the Grand Prix prize of the whole competition at Vuoden Huiput (vuodenhuiput.fi), ...

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Business

HEI Schools to receive investment from EQT for international expansion

Helsinki International Schools Group (HEI Schools) and Finland’s largest private preschool operator Touhula, owned by EQT, join forces to bring Finnish early education to international markets. Helsinki International ...

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Business

HEI Schools Opens in Australia in Autumn 2018

HEI Schools has signed a franchising agreement with University Preparation College in Australia about establishing and operating kindergartens in Australia. The first pilot kindergarten is planned to open already in ...

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Company news

Children created spaces with HEI Schools in Helsinki Design Week

HEI Schools participated Helsinki Design Week with a creative space design workshop in September. Children were inspired and encouraged to build and shape spaces based on their own wishes and perspectives.   When adults ...

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Company news

HEI Schools’ first teacher training for Chinese team was a success

10 Chinese Teachers from HEI Schools’ first pilot project in Baotou participated in teacher training in Finland between May 14th - June 14th. The training was conducted together with the team of early childhood ...

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Business

Prototyping, testing and building HEI Schools Learning Space!

We are proceeding with full speed with our learning space concept. Design work has reached prototyping and testing phase before drawings are flown to China to be build to our new brilliant HEI Schools Baotou ...

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Business

Helsinki University Makes an Additional Investment in HEI Schools

In February 2017, the Helsinki University Funds made an additional investment in the HEI Schools. The Helsinki Innovation Services (HIS), which focuses on the commercialization of scientific research, is strongly ...

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Company news

HEI Schools To Cooperate with the Chinese Academy of Science

In March 2017, HEI Schools signed a letter of intent with a kindergarten chain owned by the Chinese Academy of Science. The cooperation aims at strengthening the HEI Schools' kindergarten model, teacher education and ...

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