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In England in the early 19th century, the idea of setting up combined schools and nurseries for small children was born. Finland’s first school for small children was set up in Kokkola in 1839 by ship-owners Anders Donner and Matts Hongell. Immediately from the start 38 pupils registered at the school. Pupils were given a midday meal and their parents could bring them to school as early as 6 a.m. and collect them at 9 p.m. at the latest. A new school building was inaugurated in 1846. The school continued to operate until 1872, when the decision to establish state schools was made. Today it is possible to rent holiday apartment in the building.

The Mannerheim´s Square