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Edcation division, notification on providing private early childhood education

According to the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care, private service providers need to notify the municipality of their operations before the operations commence. You can submit the notification using the form titled 'Ilmoitus yksityisten varhaiskasvatuspalveluiden tuottamisesta'. The form needs to include attachments regarding the premises, service provider, and the person responsible.


The service provider must book an appointment with the Special Planning Officer well before the notification is submitted to the Registrar's Office. The notification will be inspected during the appointment.

In addition to submitting the notification and fulfilling other statutory requirements, the following actions are required to start private early childhood education operations:

1. After the notification has been received, the service supervisor for early childhood education will inspect the premises for approval.
2. After the inspection, the notification will be processed within the City's Education Division, by the direction and supervision services for private early childhood education.
3. The manager of the direction and supervision services for private early childhood education will make the municipal decision on commencing the operations.
4. Once the municipality has approved the start of the operations, the Regional State Administrative Agency will register the new private premises.

Processing time:

The processing time from receiving the notification to the municipal decision is two weeks, approximately.

More information:

Please deliver the notification to the City of Helsinki Registrar's Office (visiting address: City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, Helsinki; postal address: City of Helsinki Registrar's Office, PO BOX 10, 00099 CITY OF HELSINKI).

Printable forms - Notification form on providing private early childhood education

Related service points and contact information:


Education Division

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