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Shift care

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Children can receive evening, night or weekend care for the duration of their parents' regular shift work or studies.

The hours of children's shift care are based on their parents' work shifts and study schedules. When the need for shift care ends, the children are placed in daycare elsewhere than in shift care groups or at shift daycare centres.

In summer and on holidays, shift care is provided at the daycare centres announced to parents in each case separately.

To whom and on what terms

The parents may apply for a place in night and weekend care for their child if they work shifts or study in the evenings.

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.

Background information

A child who needs care in the evenings, during the night and/or in the weekends because of the parents’ work or studies can be given a place in night and weekend care. The municipality should organise early childhood education and care so that night and weekend care is available 24 hours a day if necessary. Parents do not have a subjective right to night and weekend care. This right is based on real needs arising from shift work or exceptional times of study.

Day-care centres providing evening care are often open until around 10 p.m. 24-hour day-care centres operate continuously on all days of the week.

If a child no longer needs evening or night care, he or she is transferred to daytime early childhood education and care. Night and weekend care may also be organised as family day care.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 10/28/2020