Early education and care
- Public service
Early education and care is offered in municipal or private daycare, in family daycare or in playgroup club activities. Parents should apply for daycare four months prior to the need for care.
Education Division is responsible for Finnish- and Swedis-language daycare and preschool education.
Do the following
Apply for an early childhood education and care place at the latest four months before you wish to place your child in day care.
To whom and on what terms
Early childhood education and care may be given to a child who has not reached the age of compulsory education.
Early childhood education and care may also be given to a child who has already reached the age of compulsory education if special circumstances so require and care cannot be otherwise arranged.
A fee is charged for the service.
The amount of the payment depends on the number of children in the family, the family’s income and the number of hours a day the children spend in care.
One form of early childhood education and care is day-care centre activities, which are organised at day-care centres.
The objective of early childhood education and care is to support the child’s growth, development and learning and promote his or her well-being. An early childhood education plan is drawn up for each child in day-care centre.
Municipal day care may be either full time or part time care.