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Options for early childhood education

Daycare centres

  • Early childhood education is offered at municipal and private daycare units.
  • An application for municipal daycare should be submitted no later than four months before the child needs early childhood education. Apply to municipal daycare centres on Asti.
  • Apply to private daycare centres by contacting a private daycare centre directly.
  • Learn more about early childhood education fees

Learn more about early childhood education at daycare centres 

Multilingual brochure about daycare centres: Activities play and friends at daycare (available in Finnish only)

Family daycare

  • Family daycare can be
    group family daycare in municipal or private facilities 
    - three-family daycare at the families' homes
    - family daycare at a caregiver's home.
  • An application to municipal family daycare should be sent via Asti four months prior to the need for care on
  • For information on private family daycare, please contact the local private family daycare supervisor of your area.

Read more about family daycare

Childen's club activities

  • Clubs are organised at municipal daycare centres and playgrounds.
  • All municipal clubs are free of charge.
  • Clubs are for children age 2 to 5.
  • Clubs operate from one to four days a week for approximately three hours per day.

Read more about children's clus.

Home care

The child can be cared at home by a guardian, relative, or by a hired caregiver. The person caring for the child can apply for the home care allowance and the Helsinki supplement. You can be eligible for the home care allowance, if the child is under the age of three and is not attending municipal early childhood education. Home care allowance and the Helsinki supplement are applied from Kela. Learn more about the home care allowance on Kela's website.

Hiring a caregiver at home

  • A family can hire a caregiver and receive home care allowance or private care allowance.
  • The family is responsible for finding and recruiting the caregiver.
  • Prior to employing a caregiver, the family or the caregiver candidate books an appointment for an interview at the Helsinki Education Division.
  • Two or more families can employ a shared caregiver, and apply for home care allowance or private care allowance from Kela. 

Read more about hiring a caregiver 



01.12.2021 11:58

Welcome to Helsinki - Daycare & schools

Daycare and schools in Helsinki are among the best in the world. This is because Finland believes strongly in high-quality education from a young age.