Early education and care options

1. Child in daycare centres

  • Early education and care is offered in municipal daycare centres and in private daycare centres.
  • A child can attend a daycare centre
    - no more than 5 hours per day
    - 5–7 hours per day
    - over 7 hours per day.
  • An electronic application to municipal daycare must be sent four months prior to the need for care.
  • In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the desired daycare centre directly.
  • You can apply for private care allowance from Kela in the case of private daycare.
  • More information
    Municipal daycare centres
    Private daycare centres
    Count the customer fee estimation
    Applying to daycare
    Private daycare allowance

2. Family daycare

3. Playgroup club activities

  • Clubs are organised by municipal daycare centres and playgrounds.
  • All clubs are free of charge.
  • The clubs are intended for children of 2–5 years of age.
  • The clubs operate 1 to 4 days per week for approximately 3 hours per day.
  • In addition to municipal clubs, there are private clubs that entitle you to apply for a service voucher.
  • More information
    Clubs
    Service voucher
    Private clubs

4. Hiring a nanny in the family’s home

5. Caring for a child at home

  • When caring for a child at home, you can receive home care allowance and the Helsinki supplement.
  • In order to be eligible for home care allowance, the child must be under the age of three not attending municipal daycare.
  • The child can be cared for by either parent or someone else, such a relative.
  • Home care allowance and the Helsinki supplement are applied for from Kela.
  • More information
    Home care allowance and Helsinki supplement
    Child home care allowance on the Kela website


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07.02.2017 13:40