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Schoolchildren activities in playgrounds

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

The environment is designed for children’s outdoor activities, giving children an opportunity to play and be physically active as they please. Children are insured during the playground activities. Playground activities for schoolchildren are mainly arranged in Finnish. All children are welcome to participate in the activities.

The playground staff, social instructors and instructors, are trained in education or social services and health care. At the playground, the instructors ensure the safety of the children and the activity environment.

The daily activities begin after the child has completed their schoolwork and end at 16.00 or 16.30.

Children must register for playgrounds’ instructed activities. The activities are free of charge.

The registration period for activities in the autumn begins in March. Registration will be open for the entire duration of the activity period.

Instructed activities will be organised both indoors and outdoors. The activities are varied, based on play, exercise, arts and cultural heritage, and facilitate positive learning experiences. At the playground, children are active participants; the planning and the implementation of the activities are based on children’s wishes and needs.

Children can take part in the activities on a daily or irregular basis. The guardian must notify the playground of the child’s absences, the time at which the child will leave and whether the child will go home independently. If the child does not come to the playground as agreed or leaves during the activity time without notifying the staff, we will notify the guardian.

To whom and on what terms

Morning and afternoon activities are intended for grade 1 and 2 pupils and pupils receiving special-needs support in all grades.

The activities are intended for primary school pupils. The playground activities for schoolchildren are organised as open early childhood education and care in accordance with the City of Helsinki’s curriculum for early childhood education and care.

Registration for instructed activities and a snack subject to a fee or registration for instructed activities (children can have their own snacks at the playground). The snack fee is €36.10/month. Guardians can apply for an exemption from the snack fee.

Background information

Grade 1 and 2 pupils as well as pupils receiving special-needs support in all grades may apply for morning and afternoon activities in basic education. Morning and afternoon activities can be provided on working days mainly between 7 am and 5 pm.

The objective of the activities is to support children’s growth and development, promote their well-being and equality, prevent exclusion and reinforce inclusion.

The municipality is responsible for the morning and afternoon activities as a whole. It may organise the activities itself or together with other municipalities, or outsource the services to NGOs, communities and companies. However, the municipality has no obligation to organise these activities. A school’s club activities or basic instruction in the arts may also be organised as morning and afternoon activities for children.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 12/5/2021