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Applying for early childhood education and place allocation

Applications for municipal early childhood education and daycare should be submitted no later than four months before the child needs daycare, or soon as possible. 

You can search for your nearest municipal and private daycare centres on the Helsinki Area Service Map based on your postcode or postal address. Private daycare centres can be searched by postcode or viewed in an alphabetised list. If you are applying for private daycare, please contact the private daycare units directly.

You can search municipal daycare centres by district or browse them in alphabetical order. Applications for municipal early childhood education are submitted online via two different online services, depending on the language of the service:

After registering, both systems will create a personal e-services folder for the user. Application status and decisions on daycare placements can be checked in this folder. Decisions on the early childhood education places will appear online approximately one month prior to the preferred start date for care. Please make sure your email address and phone number are up-to-date. An application is valid for one year.

If you wish to apply for early childhood education in any other national language (Finnish, Swedish or Sami) as a second or third option, please contact the daycare unit’s manager in your first option and let them know about your second and third daycare preferences.

If you wish to make changes to an application you have already submitted, please contact the daycare unit's manager at your first daycare option. Please see municipal daycare units and family daycare districts’ contact details on their websites.

Read more about the application process and how to fill in the online application.

Applying on paper

You can apply for early childhood education by paper application form in the following situations:

  • the family members do not have Finnish personal identity numbers
  • the family does not have Finnish online banking credentials
  • submitting an electronic application is not possible for other reasons.

Send the completed form by post or deliver it personally to the early childhood education unit of your choice. Please book an appointment in advance for submitting your application. 

Application form (opens in a new tab): Application for early childhood education

Daycare place allocation

We will always do our best to offer a place in early childhood education in the daycare centres requested by the family. If the locations requested by the family are full, the daycare centre director or the family daycare provider will discuss other available options with the family before making the decision.

Learn more about the daycare place allocation.

Early childhood education customer service



24.02.2021 13:54