All 6-year-old children and those 5-year-old children who are included in extended compulsory education have the right also to a free pre-school education. Participating in pre-school education is optional. Pre-school education is given in the daycare centres and in some schools. The daycare centres and schools have a common curriculum.
Pre-school education follows the schedule for the school's academic year. Teaching is given on school days for approximately four hours a day.
The education services of the City of Jyväskylä are responsible for basic education. Basic education (comprehensive school) is free of charge all-round education. Every child residing permanently in Finland is obliged to attend comprehensive school. Comprehensive school takes nine years and is intended for children/teenagers from 7 to 16 years of age. This also applies to immigrant children/teenagers residing permanently in Finland. In comprehensive school, the teaching groups are established by class year.