Parents can opt for private daycare and apply for the Private Daycare Allowance from Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland).
The different forms of private daycare:
- Daycare at a private daycare centre
- Private family daycare
- Daycare given by a nanny hired by the family to work at their home.
An application to private daycare is made by contacting the daycare centre directly. The provider of private daycare makes the selection of children, and a daycare agreement is always made between the child's guardian(s) and the service provider.
The daycare provider also determines the daycare fee. All families can apply for the Private Daycare Allowance from Kela to cover the fee.
Private daycare is a safe alternative for families. The Department of Early Education and Care cooperates with private daycare providers supervising and guiding their operations.
A family can hire a nanny to work at their home with the help of the Child Home Care Allowance or Private Daycare Allowance. A care provider can also be hired jointly with another family.