Child Day Care focuses on offering families an environment of care that supports the child’s growth and development. Child day care is available for all children under school age, and in special circumstances also for older children, if necessary. Parents are able to choose from municipal day care, a private day care allowance or home care allowance for children under 3 years of age.
The place of day care can be a day care centre or a family day care centre. In addition to family day care in family day carer’s home, some residential areas have joint group family day care centres of several families in facilities alotted by the city.
Applications for day care places are accepted throughout the year. For part time day care places applications are made once a year, at the same time as registration for school. Application dates are
given in newspapers, etc.
There are day care places for 23,000 children in more than 300 day care centres and 2,600 family day care places. Further information and application forms for day care places are available from children's day care centres.