Playgrounds and family house morning activities
- Public service
In the mornings, playgrounds and family houses organise guided indoor and outdoor activities for families with children.
Children and parents can use the toys and equipment available in the playgrounds. Playground activities vary according to the weekly rhythm and individual profile of the area.
Family houses organise various activity sessions, group activities and courses for all families with children in Helsinki. The family houses distribute information on child care, upbringing and child development.
Playgrounds and family houses offer families opportunities to meet with other families in the same situation and to share experiences of the everyday life of families with children.
Parents can participate in planning and carrying out activities together with the instructors.
Open early childhood education and care activities are intended especially for children who are in home care. Many types of activities support the well-being of children and families at open day-care centres and playgrounds and in clubs. Children under the school age who have a long-term illness and who may be in hospital treatment also have the right to stimulating early childhood education.
Clubs offer instructor-led and goal-oriented activities. Play, outdoor activities and spending time together in a safe environment are emphasised. For example, the children may be offered clubs focusing on exercise, cultural activities or nature study. In family clubs, the parents may also participate. The clubs do not operate during school holiday times.
In addition to municipalities, actors such as parishes and NGOs organise clubs, camps and other activities for children and their parents. Some of these are intended for the whole family.