Early Childhood Education Options

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The city of Vantaa provides early childhood education services in day care centers, family day care, and group family day care, of which the family can choose the municipal or private alter-native. For children in home care, early childhood education provides clubs, open day care centers, residential parks, and temporary child care services.

Early Childhood Education Options in Vantaa

The Early Childhood Education Act guarantees that all children are given early childhood education 20 hours per week in municipal or private early childhood education.
In connection with ratifying the budget on November 13, 2017, Vantaa city council decided that every Vantaa child is entitled to full-time early childhood education service as of August 1, 2018.

Instead of full-time early childhood education, you can also choose part-time early childhood education that is arranged for part of the day or part of the week.
When required, a child can switch from his/her own full-time group to a part-time group temporarily. The child has the right to return to his/her former day-care center or, to the extent possible, the former family day-care place when full-time early childhood education is needed.

Part-time early childhood education entails activities arranged in day-care centers for 20 hours per week. It can be mostly carried out in groups and arranged in each area as required. A four-hour-per-day part-time group acts between 8:30-16:00 on days specified in advance.

Part-week early childhood education entails activities arranged in day-care centers in which children can participate at max. on four days a week, which means that the early childhood education time may vary on different days. In part-week early childhood education there are no specific groups; the children will be placed in the day-care center’s full-time groups.

Vantaa also offers families the possibility of choosing early childhood education exceeding 20 hours, but at max. 25 hours per week, or more than 25 but less than 35 hours per week, or at least 35, but at max. 50 hours per week.

Early childhood education times
  • at max. 20 hours per week
  • more than 20, at max. 25 hours per week
  • more than 25, at max. 35 hours per week
  • more than 35, at max. 50 hours per week

Day Care and Early Childhood Education

Day care and early childhood education constitute a service—arranged by the municipality—that combines children’s right to early childhood education and parents’ right to gain a care place for their children. In Vantaa, children can attend a day-care center, family day care or group family day care. Early childhood education means planned and goal-oriented education, instruction and care that puts special emphasis on pedagogics.

Objectives of Early Childhood Education

  • to promote every child’s age- and development-specific overall growth, development, health and wellbeing
  • to bolster the conditions for children’s learning and to promote life-long learning and realization of educational equality
  • to implement versatile pedagogical activities based on play, physical exercise, arts and cultural heritage, and to enable positive learning experiences

  • to ensure a formative, healthy and safe early childhood education environment that promotes learning

  • to apply an approach that respects children and to ensure as stable as possible interactive relationships between children and early childhood education employees

  • to give all children equal early childhood education possibilities, to promote equality between the sexes, and to provide the children with facilities to understand and respect the general cultural heritage, as well as everybody’s linguistic, cultural, religious and ethical background

  • to identify children’s need for individual support and to arrange appropriate support in early childhood education, when required, in multidisciplinary cooperation

  • to develop children’s cooperation and interaction skills, to promote their acting in a peer group, as well as to guide them toward responsible and sustainable activities, respecting other people, and being a member of society

  • to ensure children’s possibility of participating in and affecting matters affecting them

  • to work together with children and their parent for the benefit of the children’s well-balanced development and overall wellbeing, as well as to support the children's parents or other guardians in raising their children.