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Service guidance for early childhood education

Are you looking for a place for your child in early childhood education? Service guidance for early childhood education and pre-primary education helps you with applying.


Telephone: +358 9 310 80488. Until 23 December 2021, our telephone service is open on the following dates: 29–30 November, 7 December and 16–17 December. The telephone service is open from 9:00 to 15:00.

What is Service guidance for early childhood education?

From October 2021 onwards, the new Service guidance unit processes all applications to early childhood education and makes the admission decisions.

Daycare centre directors, family daycare instructors and executive playground directors will no longer in process applications or make admission decision.

With the new Service guidance for early childhood education, we want to offer an even better and well-functioning system for allocating places in early childhood education.

The grounds for granting a place will not change with the service guidance change. Learn more about the topic on the page Grounds for receiving a place in early childhood education.

How to apply to early childhood education

  • On Asti, you can apply to
    • municipal daycare centres
    • family daycare
    • group family daycare
    • evening care
    • round-the-clock care
    • North Sami-language daycare centre Susanna.

      When you apply via Asti, you can edit your applications until the stated due date.
  • On City of Helsinki E-services, you can apply to
    • children’s clubs
    • pre-primary education
    • early childhood education that supplements pre-primary education.

      If you wish to edit an application you have submitted on the E-services, get in touch with the Service guidance for early childhood education (see contact details above).

  •  If you or your family do not have Finnish personal identity codes or online banking credentials, you or your family member has a non-disclosure for personal safety reasons, or electronic application is otherwise not possible for you, apply by completing the PDF application form, and send it to Service guidance for early childhood education at Töysänkatu 2 D, PO Box 51300, 00099 City of Helsinki. Some playgrouds also accept paper application forms. See list of playgrounds that accept paper applications to early childhood education (page available in Finnish only).

Learn more about applying to early childhood education

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