Early childhood education

 Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki marketing

Every child has the right to early childhood education. Early childhood education supports the child’s growth, development and learning, and makes it possible for the parents to work or study full-time.

Options include:

  • municipal daycare centre or family daycare
  • private daycare centre or family daycare (financial support available)
  • a childminder employed by the parents (financial support available)
  • a parent has the right to stay at home with their child and take leave from their job until the child is three years old (financial support available)

How to apply:

  • Early childhood education can be applied all year round. Municipal early childhood education must be applied for four months before the need for a place. Urgent care because of employment or studies can be applied for at the latest two weeks before the need. The municipality is obliged to provide a place for a child, but it may be further away than the preferred option. One can stay in the queue and transfer if a place becomes available.
  • In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the daycare centre directly.

Early childhood education can be applied for in Swedish as well as in Finnish. Scroll down to find information on how to apply for daycare in the different municipalities. If you have any issues with the process please contact the Swedish daycare centre you are applying for, or the municipality, for more information on how to ensure your child a place. The Swedish daycare centre does not include Finnish in the curriculum, as the children will start learning Finnish later on at school. The children, however, may use Finnish in the playground, as many Finnish children in Swedish daycare come from bilingual families.

Read more about early childhood education at InfoFinland.

Swedish early childhood education in the Capital Region

HELSINGFORS

A variety of daycare options is available for children living in the Capital region, from full time, five days a week, to hiring a nanny.
You can find the Swedish daycare center your child belongs to on this service map . Write your home adress, in Finnish, in the search box and the service will list the daycare center your child belongs to.
Here is a list to the Swedish daycare centers in Helsinki, both municipality based and private.
The electronic application  that must be sent to municipal daycare four months prior to the need for care. You can also apply with this paper.
In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the desired daycare centre directly.

ESBO

You can find the Swedish daycare centers on this service map by clicking the Svenska/Swedish button. Here is also a list of the Swedish daycare centres in Esbo, both municipality based and private.
Early childhood education can be applied all year round. An application to municipal daycare must be sent four months prior to the need for care. If the need for care is urgent and/or rises due to employment, studying or education, an early childhood education place must be applied for as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the need for care begins.
In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the desired daycare centre directly.

VANDA

You can find the Swedish daycare center your child belongs to on this service map . Write your home adress, in Finnish, in the search box and the service will list the daycare center your child belongs to.
Here is a list to the Swedish daycare centers in Vanda, both municipality based and private.
Early childhood education can be applied all year round. An application to municipal daycare must be sent four months prior to the need for care. If the need for care is urgent and/or rises due to employment, studying or education, an early childhood education place must be applied for as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the need for care begins.
In order to apply for private daycare, you must contact the desired daycare centre directly.

GRANKULLA

You can find the Swedish daycare center your child belongs to on this service map . Write your home adress, in Finnish, in the search box and the service will list the daycare center your child belongs to.
Here is a list to the Swedish daycare centres in Grankulla, both municipality based and private.
You can read up on the daycare system in Grankulla, the text is in Swedish.
The application system for early childhood education is only in Swedish or Finnish in Grankulla.
You can contact the Chief for Early Childhood Education Annika Hiitola, annika.hiitola [at] kauniainen.fi , phone  050 341 6269, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday  9.30 – 11 if you have any questions.

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