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HEI Schools is a preschool concept that brings the excellence of Finnish early childhood education all over the world.

HEI Schools

Marker Baotou, China
HEI Schools is the first comprehensive product that licenses the Finnish early childhood education to the international market: a carefully designed and planned business concept with research-based curriculum, teacher training, beautiful and functional spaces and high-quality learning materials. The HEI concept will enable high-standard early education to be taken all over the world.

Bringing the Finnish preschool model to the whole world

“The root of the HEI Schools concept is to think big: we will consider our project a success once high-standard early education and the HEI Schools concept are accessible to as many families in terms of both cost and physical distance. It’s part of our Nordic genome: leveraging volume to make a well-designed product available to as many people as possible.”

Milla Kokko, CEO

HEI Schools was co-founded by the University of Helsinki and experienced educational & design experts in Finland due to the increasing global demand for high quality early childhood education.

HEI Schools early childhood education model i.e. the HEI curriculum is derived from the research-based Finnish educational approach. The HEI curriculum is supported by high quality teacher training, Nordic space design, carefully selected learning materials and operational support to make the HEI Concept.

The pedagogical perspective of HEI Schools is based on decades of academic research on how children learn, and what the best way is to train teachers. This basis in academic studies as well as ongoing new research work are integral for the success of the HEI Schools concept.

Embracing Nordic values of accessibility and openness, the HEI Schools mission is to make the high-quality Finnish early childhood education available globally for children, teachers, parents and operators. At HEI, we feed creative minds and raise children who will not only adapt to the changing world but change the world themselves!

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Intended Outcomes
1 - 6
Age Group
Resources Needed
ECE operators with experience and capabilities in operating preschools. Experienced and educated preschool and kindergarten teachers.

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Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

Signing an agreement to become a HEI Licencee
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Participating to HEI Management training
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Hiring your local HEI Team
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Setting up the HEI Teacher training plan
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Preparing HEI Creative Learning Space
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Doing marketing to local communities and families
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Milla Kokko
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