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Merijärvi offer places in both municipal and private day care. For children under school age, you can choose from the following options: home-care allowance (kotihoidon tuki) and a place in municipal day care (day-care centres, family day care, group family day care). Day care fees are based on the family's income.
Make a written application for a day care place at least 4 months before the place is needed. If you need a day care place straight away due to a sudden job offer, or training or study place, apply immediately. In urgent cases, it takes two weeks to arrange a place in day care.
Applications and the required attachments are available from the day care office, the website of the municipal of Merijärvi:
Day care office (päivähoitotoimisto) Merijärvi
Tel: 050-4628 395 or 050-4644 962
Read more: Early childhood education
In Merijärvi, pre-school education is provided within the local school. Children must be registered in advance for pre-school education. The registration period is in January and pre-school education begins in August. Register by contacting the school office (koulutoimisto).
Municipality of Merijärvi/School office
Merijärventie 106, 86220 Merijärvi
Tel. 044 4776 240
If necessary, you can also register later by contacting the school office.
Read more: Preschool education
Merijärvi has one comprehensive school (Koivupuhto school – Koivupuhdon koulu) which teaches children from grades 0–9.
Merijärvi school office (koulutoimisto)
Merijärventie 106, 86220 Merijärvi
Tel. Principal/Director of Education (Rehtori / Sivistystoimenjohtaja), 044 477 6290
Read more: Comprehensive education
Native language education for immigrants
Lessons in students' own native languages can be arranged according to need. Enquire with the school office (koulutoimisto) of Merijärvi about native language education.
Vocational education and training
The Federation of Education in Jokilaaksot JEDU (Jokilaaksojen koulutuskuntayhtymä JEDU) offers a wide range of secondary vocational education and training in the area, based in seven educational institutions. Basic and adult education are provided in the Federation's colleges, in seven different fields of study.
At the Kalajoki Vocational College (Kalajoen ammattiopisto) in Kalajoki, you can study to become a professional in the metal, wood, construction, interior construction, fashion or tourism sectors.
Apply for place using an electronic form via the joint application system.
Kalajoki Vocational College (Kalajoen ammattiopisto)
Opintie 2, 85100 Kalajoki
Tel. 040 3120 400
Read more: Vocational education and training.
Upper secondary school
Upper secondary schools in Kalajoki offer a broad range of courses, with specialisms including the fine arts, morning training sessions in various sports, and International Studies.
The upper secondary school provides a broad-based education. You can apply for upper secondary school through the joint application system. Admission to upper secondary school is based on the student's earlier educational performance. If you have a foreign report card, apply for a place in upper secondary school during the joint application period directly from the school at which you mean to study. It is also possible to complete upper secondary school as a private student without attending any courses, just by taking exams. Education providers, such as upper secondary schools, can apply for state financial support for the tuition of students whose mother tongue is other than Finnish.
For further information on Kalajoki upper secondary school (Kalajoen lukio), see the school website.
Read more: Upper secondary school.
Young people without a place of study
If you are under 29 years of age and do not have a place of study or job, you can seek help from the activating service for young people (nuorten aktivointipalvelu) of the Jelppiverkko network service.
An outreach youth worker will assess the young person's situation alongside him or her and motivate the youngster to become active. The youth worker will provide guidance, support and advice, and seek to direct the young person towards the right services. Youth outreach workers can be contacted according to need, for example in educational institutions. Where necessary, youngsters can also be provided with one-on-one coaching.
Outreach youth work and one-on-one coaching in Kalajoki form part of the Kalajoki Academy's (Kalajoki Akatemia) activities. The activities run in Kalajoki and Merijärvi form part of the regional Jelppiverkko network. Jelppiverkko provides individual and systematically designed services, which are free of charge and fully voluntary for the young people using them.
Vocational higher education in the region is arranged by Centria University of Applied Sciences (Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu) in Ylivieska and Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oulun ammattikorkeakoulu) in Oulainen. At the Ylivieska unit, students can follow courses in technology, social work, the humanities and pedagogy, tourism and business studies. At the Oulainen unit, they can study subjects belonging to the health sector. Apply for a place using an electronic application via the national joint application system for universities of applied science.
Centria University of Applied Sciences (Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu)
Vierimaantie 7, 84100 Ylivieska
Tel. 08 499 2500
Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oulun ammattikorkeakoulu)
Oulainen campus/Oulainen unit of the School of Health and Social Care (Terveysalan Oulaisten alueyksikkö)
Kuntotie 2, 86300 Oulainen
Tel. 010 272 1046
Read more: Universities of applied sciences.
Other study opportunities
The local Adult Education Centre – Jokihelmi Adult Education Centre (Jokihelmen opisto) – offers a range of learning environments and courses. Jokihelmi arranges courses in the Finnish language and culture for immigrants.
Jokihelmi Adult Education Centre (Jokihelmen opisto) (Merijärvi region)
Lallunniementie 2, 86600 Haapavesi
Tel. 044 759 1503
Further details are available from the College's website.
Read more: Studying as a hobby.