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Schoolage Educare

During this course you will learn about Swedish school-age childcare which is also known as afterschool care. Theories about children’s play and learning will be introduced and discussed and you will learn about outdoor pedagogy.

Happy woman and kids at enrolment day with school cones. Photo: Mostphotos/Arne Trautmann

You will explore outdoor pedagogy with focus on environments for learning. Value base and conflict issues within the Swedish school will also be introduced. Multimodal expressions, including but not limited to drama, visual art and music, will be an integrative part of the course.

The course is offered for international exchange students and for students who have applied for the course as a free standing (single subject) course.



  • Course structure

    The study pace is 50% (half time).

    Classes are conducted twice a month approximately. In addition to the classes, you will work in study groups and visit various school-age educare facilities in groups.

    Teaching format

    The language of instruction is English.

    The course is delivered on campus as well as via the learning and collaboration platform Athena and study visits.

    Education on campus will have both theoretical and practical content and consists of lectures, seminars, group tasks, literature seminars, project work, presentations and assignments.

    Seminars, study visits, group tasks and web-based tasks are mandatory. Absence can be compensated in accordance with instructions by the course tutor. With an absence over 45% from the obligatory sessions the student is considered not to have taken the course and must re-register in order to complete the course at a later stage.

    Teaching format due to the situation with covid-19 during the autumn semester 2021

    There is no decision yet regarding adapted teaching format during the autumn semester 2021 due to covid-19. Stockholm University follows the recommendations from the government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

    Information for students and staff about covid-19

    More information about the teaching format for the autumn semester 2021 will be available at the web page for the Department of Child and Youth Studies later.


    Study Guide

    The Study Guide for the course will be published at the latest one month prior to the course start.

    Study Guide Autumn semester 2021 (to be published at the latest one month prior to course start).



    The course is examined on the basis of individual assignments and group work and  group presentations.

    Re-examination: The next opportunity for re-examination will be March 26th 17.00. Please contact the course administrator at the latest March 19th to sign up for re-examination.


    Spring semester 2021 and autumn semester 2021: Patrik Lindholm, e-mail:

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Course period

    The course is offered autumn semesters with 50 % study pace.

    Autum semester 2021:  August 30th 2021 until January 16th 2022

    Autumn semester 2022: to be updated


  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The course literature will be published at the latest two months prior to the course start.

  • More information



    How to apply

    Application - a Step by Step Guide

    It is important that you docucment your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information at

    Documenting eligibility

    Documenting English proficiency

    Exchange students

    Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine.

    International freemover students

    International students create an account and submit an online application via the central Swedish application site:

    More information about studying at Stockholm University

    New student at Stockholm University

    Welcome activities for new students

    Academic writing service

    Stockholm University Library

    Guidelines for work in study groups

  • Contact

    If you have questions about the content of the course contact the course leader.

    If you have administrative questions regarding admissions, registration, registration of grades, the learning and collaboration platform Athena etc. please contact the course administrator.

    Course examinator and course leader: Patrik Lindholm, e-mail:

    Course administrator: Malin Håkansson, e-mail:

    Department of Child and Youth Studies: