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Practical nurse, care and education for children and young people

Vocational qualification in Social and Health Care
Vocational upper secondary qualification
Do you dream of working with children or young people? Are you good with people? A practical nurse specialising in the care and education of children and young people promotes the health, well-being and safety of children, young people and families.

Description of the training

The studies will provide you a good education for the care, guidance and education of children and young people. The studies include, for example, support and guidance for a child of day-care centre age, the nutrition of children and young people, and creative activities, such as music, games, exercise and various activities.

The first year of practical nurse training offers a great opportunity to take a peek at the possibilities of the profession. The common studies provide a strong basis for the work of a practical nurse and introduce students to different client groups, from children and young people to the elderly.

You will have the opportunity to study or complete practical training abroad. Omnia is a naturally multicultural study environment, which shows as a richness in studies. Promotion of sustainable development is part of the studies of vocational upper secondary qualification students. Omnia is also a good environment to plan business activities and increase entrepreneurial expertise. After completing the training, you can apply for further training at a university of applied sciences or a university.

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Details of the training

What kind of jobs will you graduate for?

As a practical nurse specialising in children and young people, you can work, for example, in day-care centres. As a practical nurse, you can also work in small groups in schools, as a school assistant, in family work, in children’s homes, in after-school clubs for schoolchildren, or in low-threshold meeting places for young people. After you gain work experience, you can also act as a practical nurse in child welfare tasks.

Duration of the training

The duration of studies is individual. The average duration of studies is between two and three years. The duration of studies is determined by the personal competence development plan (PCDP) and is influenced by, among other things, your previous studies, work experience and individual study needs.


The training consists of inspiring training days, learning tasks, group and project work, independent work, instruction in small groups and on-the-job learning. There are 3–5 training days per week.


Vocational qualifications in English are appropriate for those, who wish to study in English. However, basic command of Finnish is also necessary. There are language requirements in both languages of instruction.

Important information on application

Student admission

Admission is based on the information in the application, so please fill out your application carefully. 
The applicant is expected to familiarise themselves with the important information on the continuous search. 

There is no entrance examination. 

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Language requirements

The language requirement is A2.2 for Finnish and B2 for English. 

The applicants will be invited to the language tests (Finnish and English) by e-mail. 

The language tests can be completed only at Omnia campuses in Espoo, Finland. Read more about the language requirements.

Guidance discussions for English qualifications

You will be invited to a personal guidance discussion if you have achieved the required language levels for Finnish and English. Participating in the guidance discussions is compulsory. Applicants, who don’t participate in the guidance discussions will not be admitted to the qualification.

The guidance discussion will give you information regarding the qualification you have applied to. You will also receive personal guidance to help you find the most appropriate qualification for you.


The application period will be announced later.
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