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Options for early childhood education

  Daycare centre Round-the-clock care​ Group family daycare centre (family daycare)​ Three-family
daycare 
(family daycare)​

Family daycare in the care provider’s 
home​

Clubs

Private early childhood education​

(daycare centre and family daycare)

For whom? Children under school age​ Children under school age​

Children under school age​

Children under
school age​
Children under school age​ Children aged 2-5  Children under school age​
When? According to the families' needs, Monday to Friday between 6:15 and 17:30

24/7 or​ Monday to Friday between 6:15 and 22:00 (evening care units)

9 hours between 7:00 and 17:00 ​

8 to 9 hours a day and 
approximately 40 hours a week​

8 to 9 hours a day and approximately 40 hours a week 2 to 3 times a week, approximately 2.5-3 hours a day Private daycare centre or family daycare provider determines the opening hours
Where and how to apply? On Asti online service (opens in new tab) or by using a paper form On Asti online service (opens in new tab) or by using a paper form On Asti online service (opens in new tab) or by using a paper form On Asti online service (opens in new tab) or  by using a paper form On Asti online service (opens in new tab) or by using a paper form On City of Helsinki E-services (opens in new tab) or by using a paper form Get in touch with the private service provider directly.
Subject to a fee​ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Private daycare centre or family daycare provider determines the early childhood 
education fee​

Languages​

Finnish, Swedish and North Sami​ Finnish Finnish and Swedish   Finnish Finnish English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Swedish and Spanish
Where? In a daycare 
centre​
In a daycare 
centre​
In a group family daycare 
centre
In turns in the families' homes​ In the home of the family 
daycare provider​
At playgrounds or daycare centres​ Private daycare centre or family daycare provider is responsible for arranging the place​