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After-school activities in basic education are organised after the school day for 1st- and 2nd-graders and pupils requiring special-needs support. The application period for the activities is in the spring. First-graders and pupils requiring special-needs support are given priority in the allocation of places.
After-school activities provide the child with meaningful activities after the school day in a safe environment, at school or near the school. The activities include playing and spending time with peers, daily outdoor activities and exercise, as well as small excursions to the surrounding area.
After-school activities are subject to a fee, which includes a snack and insurance. The monthly fee is EUR 100 for activities ending at 16.00 and EUR 120 for activities ending at 17.00. You can apply for reduction of or exemption from the fee based on your income.
Applying to basic education after-school activities
How the process works
1 - The application period for the after-school activities is in the spring. The activities are subject to a fee and provided under the Basic Education Act.
2 - You can use the Service Map to search for a suitable after-school activity by entering the following search word: after-school activities.
3 - Complete the application form online and sign it by using strong identification. If you cannot use the online form, apply with a paper form.
4 - If you apply during the application period, we will post the decision in July.
5 - Applications arriving after the application period will be processed depending on the available places during the school year. We do not answer status inquiries regarding your application during the process.
After-school activity fee depends on whether the child attends until at 16.00 or activities or at 17.00. A snack and insurance are included in the fee.
If your child attends until 16.00, the fee is EUR 100 per month.
If your child attends until 17.00, the fee is EUR 120 per month.
How to apply for a place for your child
Take a look at the after-school activity locations in your area and choose the one that suits you.
You can search the locations on the Service Map. You can find the locations closest to your home or your child’s school by typing the address in the address field. In the search results, you will see information about each location, a description of the activities, the fees and the opening hours. Please note that some of the locations close at 16.00 and others at 17.00.
Save the information about your the location you prefer.
For the application you will need the following information: the name of the after-school activity, address and provider of the activities.
Submit an application.
Complete the application form online and sign it by using strong authentication. If you cannot use the online form, you can also apply using a paper form. Links to the application form can be found above, under section 'Applying for after-school activities in comprehensive schools'.
Please note that there will be no confirmation message when you submit your application.
Wait for the decision.
If you apply during the application period, we will post you the decision in July. We will not answer status enquiries during the preparation of the decisions.
All first and second graders who apply during the application period will be offered a place in after-school activities. If no place is available at your chosen location, your child will be offered a place in another location in your area.
Applications received outside the actual application period will be processed after the start of the school year, taking into account the places available. If you apply outside the application period, you are not guaranteed a place.
After-school activities start.
After-school activities will start on the first day of the school year in August and continue until the end of the school year. The invoicing period will begin in August. On the basis of your income, you can apply for a reduction in fees with up-to-date income information no earlier than in August.
More about after-school activities
After-school activities in basic education are intended for 1st- and 2nd-graders and pupils requiring special support. Priority is given to 1st-graders and pupils requiring special support. If there are more applications for a location than there are places available, a draw will be used to choose between applications with equal priority.
1st- and 2nd-graders who apply during the application period will be offered a place in after-school activities. If no place is available at your chosen location, your child will be offered a place in another location in your area.
If your child does not get a place in your chosen group, we will try to find a suitable place for the child in other locations in the area.
If you receive a negative decision, please do not submit a new application. Duplicate applications cause additional work and slow down the processing of applications. You will be contacted if a place becomes available. We do not answer status enquiries during the process.
When places become available, priority is given to 1st-graders and pupils requiring special support. If there are more applications than there are places, a draw will be used to choose between applications with equal priority.
Places in after-school activities cannot be changed. You can terminate the place and submit a new application. Applications will be processed according to the application criteria, taking into account the places available in the area. We cannot guarantee whether a new place will be available.
After-school activities follow the school term dates and holidays. During school holidays, which are the autumn break, Christmas holiday and winter break, we do not organise after-school activities in accordance with the Basic Education Act.
If you need changes in the time of the activities, you can agree on these directly with the after-school activity organisers.
During school holidays, schoolchildren can participate in playgrounds' open activities or other children's recreational activities organised by the city.
Explore the playgrounds' open activities
After-school activities offer guided, fun activities in a safe environment. The activities include playing and spending time with friends, outdoor activities and exercise, as well as small excursions to the surrounding area.
The organisers will define the more detailed contents of the activities and possible special emphases based on their own strengths and practical possibilities.
Children in after-school activities are covered by the City of Helsinki’s collective accident insurance. The insurance covers medical care costs within the scope of public health care.
Cancelling or terminating a place
If you receive a decision on a place in after-school activities in the summer and want to cancel the place, do so in writing before the beginning of the school year. Find a cancellation form enclosed in the decision letter. Send the cancellation form to Education Division, After-school activities, P.O. Box 51300, 00099 City of Helsinki.
You can also cancel the place by notifying us by email at email@example.com . Include the child's name and details of the after-school activity location in your email.
If you apply and receive a decision after the actual application period, cancel the place within two weeks of receiving the decision. After this, cancellation will be treated as termination with a period of notice of one calendar month.
The place must be terminated in writing at least one full calendar month before the start of the change. For example, if you terminate the place on 6 October, the termination will take effect on 1 December. In this case, the customer fee will be charged for October and November.
When you want to terminate a place, please complete the form, save it on your device and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by secure email. Instructions for using secure email are provided below.
You can also send the form by post to Education Division, After-school activities, P.O. Box 51300, 00099 City of Helsinki.
- You can send secure email at https://securemail.hel.fi/ .
- Enter your email address in the From field and press Continue.
- Press the Authenticate button and follow the instructions on the page to authenticate yourself with your online banking credentials, mobile ID or certificate card.
- In the Vastaanottaja (Recipient) field, type email@example.com .
- In the Aihe (Subject) field, type a title for the message (for example, “Terminating a place in after-school activities”) and the message in the Viesti (Message) field (for example, “I want to terminate my child’s place in after-school activities. Best regards, XX”).
- Click on the Choose Files button and select the completed and saved termination form from your device.
- Press the Liitä (Attach) button.
- Finally, press the Lähetä (Send) button.
Regional coordinators for after-school activities
Find out more about the activities and how to apply from your local coordinator. See school-specific listings below.
During the summer, the best way to reach us is by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Area coordinator for after-school activities Taru-Tuulia Marsalo
tel. 09 310 27780 / 040 778 7149, email@example.com
Schools in the Southern major district
Jätkäsaari Comprehensive School, Kaisaniemi Primary School, Katajanokka Primary School, Lauttasaari Primary School, Ressu Comprehensive School, Ruoholahti Primary School, Snellman Primary School, Suomenlinna Primary School, Taivallahti Comprehensive School, Tehtaankatu Primary School, Töölö Primary School, Vattuniemi Primary School, Eliaskoulu School, Helsingin juutalainen yhteiskoulu School, Deutsche Schule Helsinki (Helsinki German School), Helsinki Normal Lyceum and Sophie Mannerheim School.
Schools in the Southeastern major district
Kruunuvuorenranta Comprehensive School, Laajasalo Comprehensive School, Poikkilaakso Primary School, Porolahti Comprehensive School, Roihuvuori Primary School, Santahamina Primary School and Tahvonlahti Primary School.
Western major district schools
Haaga Comprehensive School, Kannelmäki Comprehensive School, Konala Primary School, Malminkartano Primary School, Meilahti Primary School, Munkkiniemi Primary School, Munkkivuori Primary School, Pihkapuisto Primary School, Pikku Huopalahti Primary School, Pitäjänmäki Comprehensive School, Pohjois-Haaga Primary School and Strömberg Primary School.
Northern major district schools
Maunula Primary School, Metsola Primary School and Oulunkylä Primary School.
Lycée franco-finlandais d’Helsinki (Helsinki French-Finnish School), Helsinki Rudolf Steiner School, Финско-русская Школа (The Finnish-Russian School) and The English School
Area coordinator for after-school activities Anna Salmi
tel. 09 310 87103 / 040 334 5826, firstname.lastname@example.org
Central major district schools
Aleksis Kivi Comprehensive School, Kallio Primary School, Pasila Comprehensive School, Arabia Comprehensive School, Kalasatama Comprehensive School, Koskela Primary School, Käpylä Comprehensive School, Vallila Primary School and Yhtenäiskoulu Comprehensive School.
Åshöjden Comprehensive School, Botby Comprehensive School, Brändö Primary School, Degerö Primary School, Drumsö Primary School, Comprehensive School Norsen, Hoplax School, Kottby Primary School, Minerva School, Månsas Primary School, Nordsjö Primary School, Staffansby Primary School, Zacharias Topeliusskolan School, Östersundom School and Rudolf Steiner School.
Area coordinator for after-school activities Eeva Elsinen
tel. 09 310 89205 / 040 334 5825, email@example.com
Northeaster major district schools
Hietakumpu Primary School, Hiidenkivi Comprehensive School, Kankarepuisto Comprehensive School, Karviaistie School, Latokartano Comprehensive School, Maatulli Primary School, Malmi Comprehensive School, Pihlajamäki Primary School, Pihlajisto Primary School, Puistolanraitti Primary School, Puistola Comprehensive School, Pukinmäenkaari Comprehensive School, Siltamäki Primary School, Suutarila Primary School, Suutarinkylä Comprehensive School, Tapanila Primary School, Helsinki Christian School and Viikki Teacher Training School.
Northern major district schools
Pakila Primary School, Paloheinä Primary School, Toivola School koulu and Torpparinmäki Comprehensive School.
Area coordinator for after-school activities Elina Kauppinen
tel. 09 310 79638 / 040 728 5607, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern major district schools
Aurinkolahti Comprehensive School, Itäkeskus Comprehensive School, Keinutie Primary School, Kontula Primary School, Laakavuori Primary School, Mellunmäki Primary School, Merilahti Comprehensive School, Myllypuro Comprehensive School, Puistopolku Comprehensive School, Puotila Primary School, Sakarinmäki koulu, Vartiokylä Primary School, Vesala Comprehensive School and Vuoniitty Comprehensive School.
Northeastern major district schools
Hertsikka Primary School, Herttoniemenranta Primary School, Kulosaari Primary School and Helsinki Montessori School