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Finnish-language daycare

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Daycare centres are open from 6:15 in the morning to 17:30 in the evening. Centres open during later evening hours, for 24 hours or 7 days a week are meant for children who need care outside normal hours because of their parents' work or studies.

Parents should apply for daycare four months prior to the need for care or as soon as the need is known.

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.

Background information

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.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languageFinnish
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 7/18/2021