Early childhood education

Introduction to different groups for children and families in Seinäjoki Lutheran church.

The staff of Seinäjoki Lutheran church in the groups and events are professionals in early childhood education, the staff uses Finnish language. But people from different language backgrounds are always welcome to participate in any of the groups and events.

Below you can find descriptions of the various groups in early childhood education or you can also print the pamphlet here:

Early childhood education pamphlet

 

Kuvassa lapsi, joka on nostanut kädet kasvojen eteen. Kädet ovat maalattu eri väreillä kirjaviksi.

Family groups

In family groups the content consists of songs, singing games, rhymes, crafts and small child friendly worship moments and from getting to know other families. The whole family is welcome to this group and you don’t have to sign up beforehand. Refreshments are available, for a small fee. Or you can bring your own snacks.

Group assembly times and places can be found here in Finnish>>

Grandparents-grandchildren groups

These groups have similar content as family groups, only difference is that grandparents can come into these groups with their grandchildren. There’s no need to sign up beforehand to these groups. Refreshments are available, for a small fee. Or you can bring your own snacks.

Group assembly times and places can be found here in Finnish>>

Baby groups

There’s no signing up beforehand to these groups. Refreshments are available, for a small fee. Or you can bring your own snacks. In baby groups the content consists of activities fitting for babies.

Firstbaby groups are intended for those families who have had their first child. You can attend during the baby’s first year, or you can join while you’re still expecting the baby.
Group assembly times and places can be found here in Finnish>>

Babyfamily groups are slightly more calmer family groups, specifically for families with a baby and possibly an older sibling. Babyfamily groups have similar content as family groups.
Group assembly times and places can be found here in Finnish>>

Music playgroups

Music playgroups are intended for a 0-2yo children, together with their parents, older siblings are welcome also. The content consists of songs, singing games and short child friendly worship moments. Music playgroups last for about 30min. The groups are free of charge and you don’t have to sign up beforehand.

Group assembly times and places can be found here in Finnish>>

Support group for kids

Support group is intended for 5-10yo kids, who have experienced a loss of a loved one. There should be a couple of months period from the loss, so that the grief has had time to become tangible in the child’s life. Support group offers peer support, for children dealing with the same experiences. You must sign up the child for the group beforehand by messaging the e-mail below. During the group session, the children will get an evening snack.  Support group is free of charge.

Group assembly time and place can be found here in Finnish>>

Children’s groups

Children’s groups are safe place for small children to get to know other children and learn how to be together in a larger group.
The content consists of play times, music, rhymes, story times, arts and crafts, sports, exploring the life around us and small worship moments, where the kids hear bible stories for example. The children’s groups support the child’s overall development, follow the Seinäjoki Lutheran church’s own early childhood education plan and the Finnish governments principles.
Children’s groups are intended for children who’re born in 2014-2016. The children bring their own snacks, small backpack and slippers with them. Groups are free of charge, if at least one parent is a member of the Lutheran church. Families, where neither one of the parents are member of the Lutheran church, must pay a fee of 30€/child/season.

Children must be signed up for the group beforehand, you can inquire availability straight from the specific group you want to take your child to.

Group assembly times and places can be found here in Finnish>>

Sunday school

3-14yo children are invited to sunday school, younger ones are welcome to come together with an adult. Also, the over 3yo can take an adult with them if they so desire. Sunday school lasts for about 30mins and is free of charge.
In Sunday school the content consists of small worship moments, Bible stories, songs, games, arts and crafts, exploring the life around us. The children will get a participation board, to which they will collect participation stickers. In different areas of Seinäjoki, the sunday schools have different times when they gather, so check our website for the info. Sunday school teachers are the parishes volunteers.

Group assembly times and places can be found here in Finnish>>

Family camps and events

Seinäjoki parish organizes five family camps per year. The application form appears on the website when the time for the camp draws near.

Camp info can be found here in Finnish>>

Early childhood education organizes different types of events every year, 4yo birthday events, masses appropriate for baby families etc. Event information can be found from our website.

List of different events can be found here in Finnish>>