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Support for starting private daycare operations

Private daycare providers may apply for financial support from the City of Helsinki for starting new operations or expanding current operations.

The start-up support can be applied for year-round. The applications will be processed in the order in which they were submitted for processing, provided that the necessary report is available and the start-up grant can be paid from the appropriations made in the current year’s budget.

Targets of the start-up support

The budget includes an annual appropriation for the start-up costs of private daycare units or group family daycare units with two care providers.

The start-up support can be applied for to cover expenses caused by obtaining or renovating premises, and the purchasing costs of movable property require to initiate the daycare operations. The care providers must acquire the premises themselves.

Support is not granted for operating costs.

Amount of the start-up support

The maximum amount of the start-up support is €1,000 per full-time daycare placement set up for a child residing in Helsinki.

The requirement for granting the full amount of the support is that the operations are new and will commence within a year. The operations must continue for at least three years from the payment of the support.

An existing daycare provider may also receive €1,000/child for establishing a new unit. Providers expanding current premises may receive €500/child. In these cases, too, the operations must commence within a year and continue for at least three years.

The maximum amount of start-up support for a single operating unit of a service provider is €30,000.

Terms and conditions for granting start-up support

  • The supervisory authority has approved the premises in the extent presented in the application.
  • The rental agreement will continue for at least three years.
  • The recipient of the support provides the Department of Early Education and Care with a security amounting to half of the support granted.
  • The recipient of the support provides the information deemed necessary by the city for the processing of the support application, granting of the support and the supervision of how the support is used.
  • The city has not granted other financing for the unit's operations.

Support decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. The support can be recovered in full or in part if the terms and conditions set for the operations are not met.

Applications for the start-up support must be submitted to the following address:
Helsingin kaupungin kirjaamo
PL 10
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13
00099 Helsingin kaupunki

Head of the early education area

Early Education and Care Specialist Pirjo Pekkala, tel. 09 3105 6404



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03.12.2018 10:32