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A notification about providing or changing private early childhood education and care services

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

A provider of private early childhood education and care services notifies the authority responsible for the early childhood education and care in the municipality where the services are provided about the start of operations, any significant changes, changing the person in charge or termination of operations. The municipal authority informs the Regional State Administrative Agency that enters the information on a register.

Regional State Administrative Agencies and municipalities advice and steer private service providers at the design stage of early childhood education and care services. The service provider must contact the municipal authority well in advance before the start of operations.

The service provider delivers a notification and attachments of providing early childhood education and care services to the municipal registry. A municipal authority will perform an inspection, process the service provider’s notification, give a statement and deliver the statement and the notification with its attachments to the Regional State Administrative Agency for registration.

The Regional State Administrative Agency will process the notification as well as evaluate and inspect the attachments. If required, the Regional State Administrative Agency will request the municipality to complete the notification. The municipal authority is responsible for asking the service provider to fill in the required information.

The Regional State Administrative Agency will decide on the registration based on the notification. The decision will be sent by mail to the service provider and municipality. The decision will include instructions for appeal.

The registration decision regarding new or changes in operations is subject to a fee. Rejected registrations are also subject to a fee. The fee is based on the valid decree on charges. The Regional State Administrative Agency will send the invoice to the customer.

Do the following

  • Starting the operations

Before starting the operations, please contact the municipal authority of the area your services are provided in. You can ask both the municipality and AVI for instructions and guidance.

Please fill out a notification form for the start of operations. Include the planned start date in your notification. Submit also the accounts and documents requested in the notification form Complete all sections of the form thoroughly. Notification forms are available electronically also on the website of AVI.

Submit the notification to the municipal registry in good time before the planned start date of operations. A municipal authority will perform an inspection, process the service provider’s notification, give a statement and deliver the statement and the notification with its attachments to AVI for registration.

AVI will send you a registration decision. The decision will include instructions for appeal.

  • Changing the operations

If your operations change, please fill out a notification that indicates the planned change about provided early childhood education and care services. Please attach the documents required by the change and submit the notification with its attachments to the municipal registry.

AVI will send you a registration decision. The decision will include instructions for appeal.

  • Notifying about the changed person in charge

If the person in charge is changed, please notify the municipality about the new person in charge and submit the required attachments. A municipal authority will process the service provider’s notification about changing the person in charge, give a statement and deliver the statement and the notification with its attachments to AVI for registration.

AVI will send you a registration decision. The decision will include instructions for appeal. The decision regarding the change of a person in charge is subject to a fee.

  • Notifying about the termination of operations

If your operations are terminated, please notify the municipality.

A municipal authority will process the service provider's notification regarding termination of operations and submit it to the Regional State Administrative Agency for registration.

The Regional State Administrative Agency will send you a registration decision. The decision will include instructions for appeal. A decision regarding termination of operations is free of charge.

To whom and on what terms

The service must fulfil the prerequisites set in the provisions of the Early Childhood Education and Care Act.

The Tax Administration has instructions concerning the value added tax of social services, according to which selling services that are not subject to VAT requires that the service provider is listed on the private service providers’ register.

A fee is charged for the service.

Fees are determined by the Government’s act on the Regional State Administrative Agency’s fees in 2019 and 2020.

Background information

Act on Early Childhood Education and Care

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 12/20/2019