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Responsible for the service Education Division, Helsinki

Afternoon activities at schools

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  • Helsinki
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The afternoon activities of comprehensive education are organized at schools or at suitable nearby facilities. Activities are organized by schools, non-profit organizations, parishes and private organizers. Children receive a snack during the activities. Activities are organized at about 200 locations. Each location employs a supervisor in charge of the local activities, and additional supervisors are employed as required by the number of children and the facilities.

Afternoon activities promote the mutual relationships of the participating children and their school wellbeing, and the activities support school work.

Activities are organized during the school year. Each participating child is provided no less than 760 hours of activities during the school year regardless of the organizer of the activities. Daily activities begin as school work ends, and the activities end at 16:00 or 17:00 depending on the organizer of the activities. There are no activities during school breaks and holidays and on Saturday school days.

To whom and on what terms

Morning and afternoon activities are intended for grade 1 and 2 pupils and pupils receiving special-needs support in all grades.

For first and second year comprehensive school pupils and for pupils in need of special support. Children are admitted to afternoon activities for one school year at a time.

Background information

Grade 1 and 2 pupils as well as pupils receiving special-needs support in all grades may apply for morning and afternoon activities in basic education. Morning and afternoon activities can be provided on working days mainly between 7 am and 5 pm.

The objective of the activities is to support children’s growth and development, promote their well-being and equality, prevent exclusion and reinforce inclusion.

The municipality is responsible for the morning and afternoon activities as a whole. It may organise the activities itself or together with other municipalities, or outsource the services to NGOs, communities and companies. However, the municipality has no obligation to organise these activities. A school’s club activities or basic instruction in the arts may also be organised as morning and afternoon activities for children.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceEducation Division, Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Education Division, Helsinki
Updated: 27/3/2022