Higher share of children in kindergarten
In 2016, 91 per cent of all children aged 1-5 attended kindergarten.
|2016||Difference from last year||Difference last 5 years|
|Number of children in kindergarten||282 649||-959||-88|
|Percentage of children 1-5 years||91.0||0.6||1.4|
|Percentage of children 1-2 years||82.0||1.4||2.5|
|Percentage of children 3-5 years||96.8||0.2||0.3|
|Number of kindergartens||5 980||-107||-489|
|Percentage of public kindergartens||47||0||0|
|Employees||93 952||-22||5 129|
|Percentage of employees to primary functions||66.3||-0.8||-17.9|
|Percentage of directors and educational leaders with pre-school teacher education||91.3||-0.5||6.3|
In total, 282 600 children attended kindergarten at the end of 2016; a decrease of 959 children from 2015. The proportion of children aged 1-5 who attended kindergarten in 2016 was 91 per cent, which is an increase of 0.6 percentage points compared with 2015. About 82 per cent of children aged 1-2 and 97 per cent of children aged 3-5 attended kindergarten in 2016.
Growing number of children from linguistic and cultural minorities
In 2016, there were 46 000 children from linguistic and cultural minorities in kindergarten; an increase of seven per cent from 2015.
Nine per cent of employees were men
In 2016, nine per cent of employees in primary functions were men, which is the same as the previous year. There were 3 300 male assistants in 2016, which was 11.5 per cent of all assistants in kindergartens. Eight per cent of all educational leaders and eight per cent of all leaders in kindergartens were male.
Employees’ educational background
Ninety-one per cent of all directors and educational leaders had approved pre-school teacher education in 2016. Due to changes in the collection of educational background that were introduced in 2016, the figures are not directly comparable with previous years.