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HEI Schools is an international preschool concept based on the well recognised Finnish Early Education Model, that has been ranked best in global comparison. Our approach and methods are based on the latest research in education and pedagogy, and it is rigorously tested in preschools across Finland with proven results. University of Helsinki is a HEI Schools founding partner.

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We combine the best of both

At HEI Schools Early Learning Centre, we are proud to deliver high-quality educational programs that combine the HEI Schools concept from Finland and the Canadian frameworks established by the Canadian Ministry of Education.

The Eight Concepts in the HEI Schools Curriculum:

  • Holistic learning and development
  • The importance of teachers
  • Learning everywhere and all the time
  • Sustainable practices
  • Play as a way to learn
  • The social experience of learning
  • Learning through exploration
  • Transversal skills and learning areas
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HEI Schools is an award-winning international kindergarten from Finland that has consistently been ranked at the top of the World’s Best Education Charts.

Award-winning international kindergarten
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HEI Schools is founded in partnership with the University of Helsinki

The Finnish model has been rigorously tested for decades with outstanding learning results. It combines the best and latest learning philosophies, models, and practices to meet the highest standards in education. At HEI Schools, we adapt its holistic approach, emphasizing on a child’s perspective without compromising academic results.

As our co-founder, the education experts at the University of Helsinki are a part of our daily working team. Together, we constantly strive to research, plan, and innovate for a successful implementation of the Finnish early education system. This is done through a carefully designed plan by providing purposeful play, nurturing guidance from highly-trained teachers, as well as the opportunity to adopt learning as a natural process shaped by one’s interests, all in due time. In this way, learning can happen everywhere, all the time.

The Finnish education system and HEI Schools successfully combine emotional intelligence and academic competence

Competitive, performance and test based models are not good for children. At HEI Schools, with the Finnish education model, we promote comprehensive growth, learning, development and the well-being of children, and provide a rich foundation for the progress of their emotional development, skills and competence.

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Why HEI Schools?

  • Utilizes research-based pedagogy and curriculum via University of Helsinki
  • Focuses on life-long learning
  • Supports all students and families without competition and ranking
  • Takes a holistic approach to children’s upbringing
  • Focuses on both individual child and social development
  • Invests in continuous training of highly-qualified teachers
  • Develops transversal competency for all children
  • Provides a high quality environment
  • Offers a global and international learning community via HEI Schools Network
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After sending my child to HEI Schools, I noticed that he started singing when he would get on the school bus, which is something he had never done before!

Mother of Jayden

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“I just feel like HEI Schools is like a 2nd home for him, and trying to bring up a child in a positive and nurturing environment is so important. It will not only help Jugaadh but so many other children.”

Raman Purba

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Hei school Franklin is incredible, the teachers are kind and knowledgeable and they treat you like family. It is a clean environment and the space is very nature-inspired. My daughter loves going to school and with myself being from Spain it is very important for me to have her learn Spanish. The teachers do a wonderful job ensuring that the kids understand both so even if you don’t speak Spanish at home the kids have a great understanding. Nathalie, Jennifer & Sylvia are wonderful and if you are looking for an overall great experience with fantastic communication Hei schools is your place!

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HEI Schools around the world

There are 18 HEI Schools kindergartens open in 5 continents

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