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Private early childhood education and care

  • Service
  • Vantaa
  • Public service

Private early childhood education and care is a safe option, as the regional authorities supervise and guide the operations. You can apply for day care centres, group family day care centres and family day care operating with private day care allowance by contacting the care unit directly. The guardians and the service provider will sign a care agreement which establishes the practices related to the child’s early childhood education and care. The service provider will determine the client fee.

The families can also use a service voucher when selecting their early childhood education and care unit. A service voucher is an income-based voucher that the municipality can grant to the family. The service voucher is worth a maximum of €817 per month for the full-time care of 3–6-year-old children. For children under the age of three and children in part-time care, the service voucher value will be determined based on separate factors.

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 serviceVantaa city
Area Vantaa
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Vantaa city
Updated: 16/5/2022