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Daycare centre and playground clubs

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  • Helsinki
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In club activities, children learn how to be part of a group. Clubs also offer versatile pedagogical activities, outdoor activities, and exercise through play and art. Clubs also offer families an opportunity to make contacts to other families in the neighbourhood.

Club activities are provided in Finnish.

Club activities are aimed at children who are cared for at home from the age 2 until the beginning of free-of-charge pre-primary education in the age of 5 or 6. Children who receive home care allowance can also participate in the club activities. If the child is paid allowance for private care, the child cannot take part in the city’s club activities.

The operating year starts when the school year begins, or by 1 September and ends on 31 May. The clubs follow school term dates and holidays. At the beginning of the season, the child's monthly care hours in club activities will be agreed upon with the family.

Places in club activities that begin in the autumn should be applied for by the end of April. You can enquire about free places by contacting the playgrounds and daycare centres throughout the year.

Background information

The purpose of municipal playgrounds is to offer safe, diverse and welcoming environments for play. The municipality checks the safety of playgrounds several times a year. The maintenance measures are carried out according to a national specification.

Playgrounds may be supervised by municipal employees either continuously or at certain times, or they may be unsupervised. A municipality may organise instructor-led activities for pre-school and school-age children at the playground.

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: 1/7/2022