HEI Trainings

We provide paid trainings on different topics in early childhood education several times a year.
Here, you will find the details of the next training, the instructors, FAQs, and previews of upcoming trainings.

Next Training

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Family Engagement and Parent Collaboration

May 19, May 25 & June 2, 2022
2:00-5:00 PM GMT+3

Learn about best practices to facilitate family engagement and active collaboration in this interactive online workshop. Taking place over the course of three 3-hour sessions, this training will be led by Kaisu Peltoperä, PhD from the University of Jyväskylä and Mervi Turpeinen from the HEI Schools pedagogical team.

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Schedule and Content

Day 1. Thursday, May 19th, 2:00-5:00 pm EEST

Principles of family engagement in Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC)

  • Brief overview of important Finnish ECEC documents from the perspective of parental engagement
  • Historical view of parental engagement
  • Values of parental engagement

Day 2. Wednesday, May 25th, 2:00-5:00 pm EEST

Practices of family engagement in Finnish early childhood education and care

  • Agency and participation of mothers and fathers
  • Formal and informal types of parental engagement
  • Case study examples of parental engagement

Day 3. Thursday, June 2nd, 2:00-5:00 pm EEST

Practical tips & examples from the HEI Schools pedagogy & framework


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Meet Your Instructors



Kaisu Peltoperä

Ph.D. Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

Kaisu is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of early childhood education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is also a trained early childhood education teacher and a university teacher. Her research focuses on ECEC services during parents' non-standard working hours. She has implemented various in-service trainings for teachers.

Other areas of Kaisu's research:

  • Parents’ and educators’ discourses about extended hours ECEC
  • Childcare transitions for non-standard parental work and during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Family-friendly speech in organizations

Mervi Turpeinen

Mervi Turpeinen

HEI Schools Pedagogical Manager

Mervi is a pedagogical manager. As a teacher, she worked with children who learn Finnish as a second language and multicultural families. At HEI Schools, she worked on the family engagement program and mentored in China and South Korea. She now works with the HEI Schools Teacher Diploma and conducts online trainings and calls for Learning Center teams.

Mervi's professional interests:

  • Teacher training and professional development
  • Cultural competence and socio-emotional competence
  • Family engagement
  • Special education

Frequently Asked Questions


Will I receive a certificate for completing this course?

Yes, you will receive a certificate from HEI Schools.

Do I need to participate in each session?

No. However, these are interactive online webinar classes, and we strongly encourage you to attend these sessions live so they can be as enriching as possible. If you are unable to make one or more of the sessions, we will provide the recordings to you for 30 days after the training ends. But you must register before the course begins to get access to the recordings.

Can I cancel my participation after registration and payment?

Yes, you can cancel until Sunday, May 1st, and get a full refund. After that, you can change the participant name but you will not get a refund.

Are there any special discounts?

Yes, we offer discounts to our HEI Schools Teacher Diploma students, Toolkit and Learning Center partners and any school that would like to buy the course for multiple teachers. Kindly ask for the discount code from your contact at HEI Schools or via email at sales@heischools.com.

Will there be any handouts from each day's session?

No, there will not be any handouts. However, you are more than welcome to take notes!

How will the training be conducted? How can I participate?

The training will be conducted online through Zoom. Each session will consist of lectures followed by small group sessions in which participants discuss the materials with the instructors and other participants. The course has a limited number of spots to ensure a high level of interaction among participants.


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