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We offer several training programs to help kindergartens and preschools outperform with well-trained teaching staff. We are experienced in training teachers with varying educational and cultural backgrounds over the years. Hundreds of teachers around the world have received and excelled in their teaching with our training programs.

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Teachers around the world have received our training and excelled in their teaching

"The training was very insightful & we were able to take a lot of take-home from them in comparison to self-studying the toolkit by ourselves...
Overall so far, our experience has been fantastic, and would highly recommend HEI Training!”

- Finnish Preschool Teachers in Sri Lanka


HEI Training packages tailored for your school's need:

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Training Program 1Basics of Finnish Early Education

Basics of Finnish Early Education (BOFEE) consists of 2 sub-training packages that can be implemented separately or together. 

1. The Finnish Way package:

Simply introducing a Finland-inspired HEI Schools curriculum to your kindergarten is not enough. To ensure the best outcome for your school, it's essential that the principal and the teachers are equipped with a clear understanding of Finnish early education principles and practices. Our pedagogical experts designed the Finnish Way package consisting of 5 essential modules to get your team started.

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2. How to implement the Toolkit package:

The training program provides step-by-step guidance that ensures your team can implement the HEI School Toolkit Curriculum into their teaching practices. Our training goes beyond theory to provide how-to facilitate play-based activities, do daily and weekly planning, and use our tools, and templates for pedagogical documentation & holistic assessment. Based on our surveys among existing Toolkit partners, How to Implement the Toolkit training has made the implementation of the curriculum more effective and motivating.  

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Training Program 2How to implement Toolkit curriculum

The training program provides step-by-step guidance that ensures your team can implement the HEI School Toolkit Curriculum into their teaching practices. Our training goes beyond theory to provide how-to facilitate play-based activities, do daily and weekly planning, and use our tools, and templates for pedagogical documentation & holistic assessment. Based on our surveys among existing Toolkit partners, How to Implement the Toolkit training has made the implementation of the curriculum more effective and motivating.  

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Training Program 3Basics of Special Education

Our Basics of Special Education training program is designed based on the needs we encounter globally when training kindergarten teachers and principals. Our trainer will help your team to build an understanding of Special Education and Inclusion and how to arrange special education. Practical examples of how to support children with special educational needs in the classroom settings are reviewed and every participant will get to also discuss their challenging situations and get guidance for our expert trainer.

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Training Program 4Teacher Diploma in English, Spanish or Mandarin

Learn the Finnish-style, play-based approach by joining our online teacher training program. You can enroll at any time and learn at your own pace with a global community of like-minded educators. 

We offer the HEI Schools Diploma program in English, Spanish, and soon also in Mandarin. 

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Choose an HEI Schools Training package or both for your school's needs:

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Deliver it the Finnish Way!

Simply introducing Finnish curriculum to your school is not enough. To ensure the best outcomes for your school, it's essential that your staff and teachers are equipped with the latest knowledge and practices. Our pedagogical experts designed the Finnish Way training package including 5 essential modules to get your team started: Finnish Way package content


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Master the HEI Schools Toolkit!

Give your staff and teachers the tools they need to succeed with our Toolkit training package. Our step-by-step guidance ensures your team can easily integrate the HEI School Toolkit into their teaching practices. Plus, our training goes beyond theory to provide practical tips and hacks for effective implementation.

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Choose flexibly how you and your staff want to do it:

Onsite option

In the onsite option, our trainer travels to your kindergarten or preschool to deliver the training in-person. The duration and training hours are tailored to suit your needs.  The onsite training can also include observation of teaching and tailor the training content based on the observation. 

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Online option 

The HEI Schools trainers hold online sessions with your team in the online option. The duration and number of sessions is tailored to suit your needs. The training also includes assignments and group work. Our trainers are very accustomed to hold trainings online and make them engaging and interactive. 

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Why do highly qualified early education teachers matter?

  • Because children’s experience matters! Highly qualified early childhood teachers are proven to deliver better classroom experiences and better long-term development of children.
  • Because competent and empowered staff can boost parents' trust in your school, creating a stronger reputation and a more loyal community.
  • By investing in your teachers, you’re investing in your school’s quality and reputation. Empowered teachers are more likely to feel a sense of belonging and job satisfaction, leading to reduced turnover rates and a more stable school environment.
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Interested in training your team? Contact us today to discuss your needs and how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the trainings?

Typical length for our Basics of Finnish Early Education onsite training is one work week. However, the duration of the training and the hours per day are tailored to suit your needs and the working hours of your staff. 

Basics of Finnish Early Education can be done also as an online training and it typically takes place over 9 online sessions, each lasting 2-3 hours, depending on your team's availability and working hours. The actual training dates and times are agreed with you to suit your needs. 

How to Implement the Toolkit can be done either as onsite or online training. The online training consists of 4 modules, each around 2-3 hrs. The onsite training duration is adjusted to your needs.

The Basics of Special Education training is conducted as an online training and it consists of 4 hours of training.

The HEI Schools Diploma program is a self-study program that you can take at your own time and at your own pace.

What kind of educational background is required to attend training?

Any studies in education, experience working with children in either teaching or caretaking, and an interest in early childhood education, are all helpful in taking the full advantage of the training. Our trainings don't require any specific degree or diploma in early childhood education.

What are the requirements for the training?

The main thing you need is motivation to learn 😊. If the training is organized onsite, you will need a computer and an internet connection for the pre-assignments, but for the actual training, they are not needed unless specifically requested. 

For an online training, you will need a computer, a stable internet connection  and preferably a headset.


Do I get a Certificate after completing training?

Yes, you will receive a digital certificate from HEI Schools upon completion of our training. 

The Program Structure

The HEI Schools Diploma has 10 modules of content covering the same topics included in Finland’s early education teacher program. You'll learn how to apply your new knowledge with over 30 practical assignments and engage in peer sharing with our global community of educators. You can read more details about the modules below!

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Module 1.How Children Learn

Deepen your understanding of the milestonees of human development, learn pedagogical methods to support holistic development and to promote second language learning.

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Module 2.Child Observation, Documentation and Evaluation

Get familiar with the areas, methods and tools for observation, documentation and evaluation. Learn how to engage in self-evaluation and use it to improve your teaching practices.

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Module 3.Play and Learning

Learn theories of play and why play is important for children. Deepen your knowledge of the teacher’s role in play and how you can use play to support children’s learning and development.

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Module 4.Children’s Rights

Understand how you can make children’s rights visible in the learning environment, teach social sustainability and global awareness, and ensure children’s safety and participation.

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Module 5.Learning Areas and Transversal Skills

Learn about the key transversal skills as the basis for lifelong learning. Get familiar with the holistic framework of Finnish early education and ways to use everyday routines as learning moments.
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Module 6.Collaborative Inquiry-Based Learning

Get familiar with inquiry-based learning and how and why to implement it in the classroom. Learn practical ways to create, document and evaluate projects together with children.

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Module 7.Inclusion, Diversity and Special Needs

Learn how to recognize and understand diversity and the most common special educational needs of young learners. Get familiar with working methods to promote inclusion.

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Module 8.Pedagogical Planning

Get familiar with methods of short- and long-term pedagogical planning in the Finnish early childhood education context and how to incorporate child and family participation into these plans.

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Module 9.Working with Families

Get familiar with the diversity of families and how to encounter and work with different family types. Understand common challenges in collaboration and strategies to overcome them.

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Module 10.Teacher’s Professional Development

Get familiar with the importance of continuous professional development and reflective practice. Get support in planning your own growth and ways  to stay inspired as an early years professional.

See Inside the Diploma

The Diploma platform has many interactive features, like introductions, fun survey questions and assignment sharing. Every module includes different sections with reading materials, videos and practical assignments.

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How to enroll?

If you would like to enroll in the program, it's simple to get started:

1. Click the button on the right to purchase the HEI Schools Teacher Diploma program on our web shop. You will receive an email right away confirming your successful purchase.

2. Within 1 business day, you will receive an email from HEI Schools with a link to register on the platform.

3. Join the diploma community and start learning!

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Our Teacher Success Stories

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It is absolutely wonderful! I found it so informative and I just loved the way it's broken down into milestones and it’s so granular. This really appealed to me as somebody who is just getting into this space and I think that it’s a very good first step to take.

Jayaradha Shankar

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I like HEI Schools because they have the highest standards of safety and education. I have been teaching preschoolers for nine years and counting, and never in my entire career have I experienced this way of training.

Randy Matito

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I feel confident taking the course while working in a full-time position simply because the platform is so practical and I can do it all at my own pace. I also love that I can apply all the methods I’m learning with the kids I work with to improve our daily routines.

Bianca de Cassia Garcia


I enjoy the program as it's well-designed and easy to follow even for someone who has no foundation in ECE pedagogy. The program has guided me through important aspects of play-based learning step by step with practical assignments and ideas for real-life situations.

Nararat Vachiramanaporn

Rujikarn Vichienchaiya

Enrolling in the program is easy. There is full of useful information for Early Childhood Educator. It comes with great resources and materials. The program is friendly and easy to follow. I recommend for educators who want to explore Finnish way of teaching!

Rujikarn Vichienchaiya