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Early childhood education fees

If you need help with your early childhood education fees or daycare fees, please get in touch with your daycare centre or the Education Division on +358 (0)9 310 8600. You can also email us about the fees at varhaiskasvatus.maksut@hel.fi.

Customer fees and invoicing

Our telephone customer service is open from 9 am to 11am, Monday to Friday.

Postal address: PL 51301, 00099 City of Helsinki
Street address: Töysänkatu 2 D, 00510 Helsinki
Tel. +358 (0)9 310 8600
Email: varhaiskasvatus.maksut@hel.fi

The early childhood education fee is charged for each child that is using the service. Invoices are posted to the child’s home address.

Family’s income affects the daycare fees. A statement of the family's income should be posted to or emailed via secure email to the customer fee unit. Find the PDF income statement form at the bottom of this page. Write the name of your child's daycare centre in your letter or secure email.

To use secure email, you need to identify with online banking credentials, mobile ID, or personal identity card with a microchip.

How to send the income statement via secure email

Send the form by navigating to the secure email page (the page is in Finnish, opens in a new tab).

  1. In Lähettäjä field, type in your email address.
  2. Click Jatka button to continue.
  3. Click Tunnistaudu to proceed to the identification process.
  4. On Tunnistus page choose your preferred way to identify, and go through the identification process.
  5. Once you have identified yourself successfully, a page titled Luottamuksellinen viesti opens up. In Aihe* field, type in the name of your child’s daycare centre. In Viesti* field, type in your message.
  6. To add a document, click Valitse tiedosto (Choose file), and search the saved and completed PDF file on your computer. Then click Liitä to attach. To remove a file, tick the small box in front of the file and click Poista valitut.
  7. To send the secure email, click Lähetä.

You can also deliver the attachments to the Education Division at Töysänkatu 2 D, 00510 Helsinki. We are open from Monday to Friday, 8 am – 4 pm.

If you wish to send the income statement and its attachments by post as a registered letter, you must pay the postage yourself.

The income statement and its attachments can also be submitted to the daycare centre for further delivery.

Decisions on customer fees will be delivered electronically to your personal e-services folder at asiointi.hel.fi. Read more about the personal e-services folder here: Personal e-services folder. You will receive a text message or an email once your decision is ready. Please check that your contact details are up-to-date in the personal e-services folder. 

As we at Education Division cannot retrieve your income information from the income register yet, we kindly ask you to deliver the information by secure email or post, or by delivering it to us.

Changes to early childhood education fees from 1 August 2021

The Act on Client Fees in Early Childhood Education and Care is changing on 1 August 2021. The income limits on which the fees are based will be raised by 31%, and the fee for a second child will be 40% (previously 50%) of the calculated full-time fee of the youngest child. The payment percentage of 10.7% will remain the basis for the fees.

The maximum fee charged for early childhood education remains at 288 euros per month, while the minimum fee is 27 euros. For a second child, the fee is 115 euros per month, at the maximum, and for other children after the second child, the fee is 20% of the fee of the youngest child.

The free early childhood education for five-year-olds (four hours a day) for children born in 2016 will continue until they start pre-primary education. The free early childhood education (four hours a day) for five-year-olds participating in the two-year pre-primary trial will also be in effect during the pre-primary days.

Income limits

Minimum gross income limit Fee of  EUR 27/month
Fee of EUR 288/month



Family size 1 August 2020 1 August 2021 1 August 2020
1 August 2021
1 August 2020
1 August 2021







2
2 136 2 798 2 389 3 051 4 823 5 485
3 2 756 3 610 3 009 3 863 5 443 6 297
4 3 129 4 099 3 382 4 352 5 816 6 789
5 3 502 4 588 3 755 4 841 6 189 7 275
6 3 874 5 075 4 127 5 328 6 561 7 762


How absences affect your daycare fees

Daycare fees cover approximately 10% of the overhead costs of early childhood education, and as a rule, absences cannot be reimbursed. Monthly fee will be charged from the absent days with the following exceptions:

  1. If a child is absent all operative days of a calendar month due to illness, no fee will be charged.
  2. If a child is absent at least 11 operative days of a calendar month due to illness, half of the monthly daycare fee will be charged.
  3. If a child is absent all operative days of a calendar month due to any other reason (other than illness), half of the monthly daycare fee will be charged.

Mandatory quarantine is equal to absence due to sickness

On 4 November 2020, the City of Helsinki laid out that absence due to a mandatory quarantine is considered being absent due to illness.

If a child is absent from early childhood education due to illness during at least 11 activity days within the same calendar month, 50% of the monthly fee is collected. The fee is not collected if the child is absent for all of the activity days during the calendar month due to illness.

Fee compensations are taken into account as of 4 November 2020, not retroactively.

Normal client fees are collected for self-quarantine days.

In Arabic: مدفوعات التربية المُبكرة: غياب الطفل عن التربية المُبكرة أثناء فترة الحجر الصحي الإجباري تُعتبر كما لو كان الطفل غائبًا بسبب المرض (PDF)

In Russian: Оплата посещения детского сада: отсутствие в детском саду из-за обязательного карантина приравнивается к отсутствию по болезни (PDF)

In Somali: Lacagta barbaarin-horaadka: ka maqnaanshaha barbaarin-horaadka ee cunuggu ka maqanyahay xilliga karaantiilka qasabka ah waxaa lala barbardhigayaa maqnaanshaha jirrada (PDF)

Free of charge early childhood education for 5-year-olds

The free-of-charge four hours of early childhood education is implemented for five-year-olds either through early childhood education or, for the children selected for the two-year trial, through the preschool day.

The free early childhood education (four hours a day) for five-year-olds participating in the two-year pre-primary trial will be in effect during the pre-primary days.

The early childhood education fee is defined similarly to the free-of-charge four hours for five-year-olds.

Helsinki has been selected as one of the municipalities in the experiment. In August 2021, some of the children born in 2016 will start the two-year pre-primary trial, and in August 2022, some of the children born in 2017. The Ministry of Education and Culture selects the day-care centres and children participating in the trial as a random selection.

In August, six-year-olds in preschool education and five-year-olds in the pre-primary trial may select up to a total of 7–8 hours of preschool education and early childhood education per day, however no more than 20 hours per week. The early childhood education fee is 60%. In this case, the client fee for six-year-old children of preschool age is 90%.

Early childhood education fees for 5-year olds are charged as follows:

  • Early childhood education is free of charge if it is given for 4 hours a day.
  • If early childhood education is given 4 to 5 hours a day, the extra hour that exceeds the four-hour free of charge part will be charged 20% of the full-time early childhood education fee.
  • If early childhood education is given 5 to 7 hours a day: the extra hours that exceed the four-hour free of charge part will be charged 40% of the full-time early childhood education fee.
  • If early childhood education is given more than 7 hours a day: the extra hours that exceed the four-hour free of charge part will be charged 65% of the full-time early childhood education fee.

News and forms

Early education and care fees as of 1 August 2020 (PDF)

Income statement for the calculation and adjustment of daycare fees (PDF)
(Does not apply to private early childhood education)

Application for discretionary free discount (PDF, in Finnish only)
(Does not apply to private early childhood education)

Changes to early childhood education client fees

Early childhood education client fee decisions sent electronically (PDF) (Client bulletin 18 Jan 2018)



Inquiries about payments and electronic invoices by phone at +358 (0)9 3102 5300, by fax at +358 (0)9 3102 5355 and by e-mail at talpa.asiakaspalvelu@hel.fi



28.09.2021 14:29