The application period for after-school activities for the 2024–2025 school year was 11 March–17 April 2024.

You can still apply even after the application period. Your application will be processed in the autumn when the school year has started. If you apply outside the application period, we cannot guarantee a place for you.

After-school activities

After-school activities in basic education are guided leisure activities for 1st- and 2nd-graders and pupils requiring special-needs support, organised after the school day at or near the school.

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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 for 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.

2 - After-school activity locations can be searched for and viewed at hel.fi/afterschoollocations or on the Service map with the search term after-school activities.

3 - Applications for after-school activities are primarily made in Wilma. If the guardian does not yet have Wilma credentials, instructions can be found at hel.fi/wilma.
Applying on Wilma: The application form can be found under 'Applications and decisions'. Choose 'New application', then 'Application for after-school activities'. Fill in the form with the necessary details and save it.

If you are unable to fill in the form on Wilma, you can also 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.

Additional information

The application period for after-school activities for the 2024-2025 school year is 11 March-17 April 2024.

When allocating places, it does not matter when you sent your application, as long as it was within the application period.

Links

Use the online service

Fill in a form

Paper application for after-school activities

If you are unable to fill in the form on Wilma, you can also apply with the PDF form.

Paper application for after-school activities

If you are unable to fill in the form on Wilma, you can also apply with the PDF form.

How to apply for a place?

  1. Take a look at the after-school activity locations in your area and choose the one that suits you.

    You can search for after-school activity locations on the Service Map or by using the address search. Find the locations closest to your home or your child’s school by typing in the address in the search field. Please note that some of the locations close at 16.00 and others at 17.00.

    Search for nearest after-school activity locations by address

    Search for after-school activity locations on the Service Map(Link leads to external service)

    With the application form on Wilma, you can choose the most suitable one from the after-school activity locations nearest to your child’s school. If you want to apply for other locations in Helsinki, please use the PDF form.

  2. Log in to Wilma.

    If you don’t have Wilma credentials from the City of Helsinki or you want to add another child to your existing credentials, please see instructions at hel.fi/Wilma

    Guardians of pupils in private or state-owned schools can use the Wilma service of their own school. 

    Please make sure to use a browser, because after-school activity applications can’t be made with the Wilma mobile application.

  3. Fill in the application on Wilma

    1. If you have more than one child on Wilma, choose which child you are enrolling for after-school activities.

    2. In the top menu of Wilma, choose 'Applications and decisions'.

    3. Choose 'New application'

    4. Choose 'Apply for after-school activities'

    5. Fill in the application and save the information.

    With the application form on Wilma, you can choose the most suitable one from the after-school activity locations nearest to your child’s school. If you want to apply for other locations in Helsinki, please use the PDF form.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

1. Take a look at the after-school activity locations in your area and choose the one that suits you. 

You can search for after-school activity locations on the Service Map or by using the address search. Find the locations closest to your home or your child’s school by typing in the address in the search field. Please note that some of the locations close at 16.00 and others at 17.00.
 

Search for nearest after-school activity locations by address

Search for after-school activity locations on the Service Map(Link leads to external service)

2. Save the information about 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.

3. Submit an application.

Open the application form for after-school activities in the school year 2024-2025, PDF

Post the form to the following address: Education Division, After-school activities, P.O. Box 58300, 00099 City of Helsinki, or deliver it to our letter box at Työpajankatu 8, 00580 Helsinki.  

If you are sending your application via a secure email, please make sure to sign the application. Find more information on sending a secure email at the bottom of this page.
 

4. 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.
 

5. 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.

Applications for after-school activities are primarily made on Wilma. If you do not yet have Wilma credentials, you can find instructions at hel.fi/wilma.

Applying on Wilma: 
Find the application form under 'Applications and decisions'. 
Choose 'New application', then 'Application for after-school activities'. 
Fill in the form with the necessary details and save it.

If you are unable to fill in the form on Wilma, you can also apply with the PDF form(Link leads to external service).

Please note that receiving a place in after-school activities is not guaranteed. Priority is given to Grade 1 pupils and pupils with special needs.

Fees

The monthly fees for after-school activities are:

  • Activities ending at 16.00: EUR 100/month
  • Activities ending at 17.00: EUR 120/month

Learn more about fees and reductions
 

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

Learn more about recreational activities for children(Link leads to external service)

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

Cancel your place in after-school activities if you do not accept it.
Terminate your place in after-school activities if you no longer need it. 

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 iltapaivatoiminta@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program). 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 iltapaivatoiminta@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program) 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.

Open the termination form (PDF) here(Link leads to external service)

  1. You can send secure email at https://securemail.hel.fi/(Link leads to external service).
  2. Enter your email address in the From field and press Continue.  
  3. Press the Authenticate button and follow the instructions on the page to authenticate yourself with your online banking credentials, mobile ID or certificate card.
  4. In the Vastaanottaja (Recipient) field, type iltapaivatoiminta@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program)
  5. 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”).
  6. Click on the Choose Files button and select the completed and saved termination form from your device.
  7. Press the Liitä (Attach) button.
  8. 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 iltapaivatoiminta@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program)

Area coordinator for after-school activities Taru-Tuulia Marsalo

tel. 09 310 27780 / 040 778 7149, taru-tuulia.marsalo@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program)

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.

Private schools

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, anna.h.salmi@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program)

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.

Swedish-language schools

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, eeva.elsinen@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program)

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, elina.kauppinen@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program)

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