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Family day care

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Family daycare is care provided in the care provider's or the child's home, or specifically planned early education activities organised in a group family daycare home.

Family daycare is small group daycare for children under school age. The care focuses on a home like atmosphere, basic care, playing and unhurried activities.

The working hours of a family daycarer are determined in accordance with the children's day care schedules. Care is primarily available 8 to 9 hours daily. A specific daycare schedule is agreed before the day care commences.

The different forms of amily daycare are a family day care that takes place in the care provider's home, group family daycare and three-family daycare.

Do the following

Apply for a place at family day care at the latest four months before you wish to place your child in family day care.

To whom and on what terms

Care may be given to a child who has not reached the age of compulsory education.

Day 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.

Background information

In addition to a day-care centre, you can apply for a place in municipal family day care for your child. Family day care is early childhood education and care provided in the carer’s or the child’s home. The carer’s daily working time is approximately eight hours, and the times the child spends in care are arranged between the family and the carer.

A municipal family day-carer may care for at most four children of different ages full time and for one child of pre-primary or basic education age part time. The carer’s own under school age children are included in this number. The carer prepares food for the children, and the children may take part in small domestic chores. An early childhood education plan is drawn up for each child in family day care.

A municipality may limit the care time of a child in early childhood education to 20 hours a week, if one of the child’s parents is staying at home due to unemployment.

Basic information

Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 2/9/2020