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Private early childhood educatio

  • Service
  • Espoo
  • Public service

Private early childhood education is early childhood education provided by a private company or community and supervised by the city. Private day care allowance is paid for private early childhood education. It is applied from Kela.

Private early childhood education is applied directly from the chosen care place. The service provider decides on the selection of children and client fees.

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.

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 guardians make an agreement on early education services with a private service provider. You can apply for an allowance from Kela for the payments. It consists of a care allowance, a care supplement affected by the family’s income and a possible municipal supplement. The municipal supplement will be paid by the municipality. If your municipality has a service voucher you can apply for it.

Background information

You can apply for a place for you child from a private day-care centre that organises early childhood education. Care at a private day-care centre is provided by companies, communities or NGOs, supervised by the authorities and regulated under the Early childhood education and care act.

For example, private day-care centres may offer early childhood education and care in different languages or following a specific pedagogical model, including Montessori or Steiner education. They may emphasise different hobbies or religious education.

Basic information

Responsible for the serviceCity of Espoo
Area Espoo
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: City of Espoo
Updated: 13/8/2022