Apply to Early Childhood Education

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You can apply for a place in either municipal or private early childhood education for your child all year round. The application must be submitted at least four months before the child needs the place. If the guardian has an urgent need for a place in early childhood education because of, for example, employment or studies, the application must be submitted at least two weeks before the child needs the place.

With an early childhood education application, you can apply for a place for your child in a municipal day care centre, group family day care and family day care as well as a service-voucher private day care centre and group family day care. Early childhood education is organized in English only in Y.E.S. Day Care Centre (linkki yesiin) and in a private day care centre, Pilke Pohjantähti. You can apply for a place in clubs with a separate club application.

You can apply for a place in a private day care centre, group family day care and family day care that operates with private day care allowance (Kela’s website) by contacting the day care centre or family day care provider directly.

Vantaa also offers families the possibility to select the early childhood education hours:
• a maximum of 20 hours a week, or
• more than 20 but fewer than 25 hours a week, or
• more than 25 but fewer than 35 hours a week, or
• at least 35 but fewer than 50 hours a week.


The selected early childhood education hours can be used according to the family’s needs on a daily basis or just a few days a week.
Family day care is available between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the family day carer’s home and in group family day care centres. Early childhood education in day care centres is mainly available between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, Vantaa has day care centres that offer night care (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) and day care centres that are open 24/7, even in the weekends.
Early childhood education during evenings, nights and weekends is available for families who need it for their child because of the parents’ work or studies. The need is demonstrated with a certificate from the employer or school which must indicate the work or study schedule of the parent.

Filling in the application for early childhood education

You can fill in the application for early childhood education electronically in the VaSa service. You must log in to the application with the Suomi.fi identification method by using your online banking IDs, mobile certificate or certificate card. You can edit the application after submitting it as well as track its process in the service.
If you cannot complete the application electronically, you can also submit one on paper. You can fill in and print out the form from the website. A filled-in form can be returned to any municipal day care centre or sent to early childhood education services at: Varhaiskasvatus, Varhaiskasvatushakemus, PL 313, 01030 Vantaan kaupunki.
When the need for early childhood education is urgent because of employment or studies, you must attach an employment contract or a notification of having received a place of study to your application. If the child needs early childhood education during evenings, nights and/or weekends, you must also attach a certificate from your employer or the organiser of the education.

Application process

Decisions on municipal early childhood education are made approximately one month before the desired start time. However, for those starting in August, the decision is made already before Midsummer. If you have applied for early childhood education for your child from a private day care centre or group family day care operating with service vouchers, you will receive a decision approximately one month after you submit the application. Urgent applications are processed immediately.

1. Contact from a service counsellor
A service counsellor will contact the family before making the decision to make sure that the need for early childhood education is still valid. The service counsellor will check the information in the application and discuss the various alternatives, the area’s availability and processing schedule with the family.

2. Placement
Children are placed in early childhood education with consideration to the family’s wishes and the placement principles made by the Education Committee on 18 May 2015.

3. Decision regarding the place in early childhood education or a service voucher for the family
The decision will be sent to you in the manner you have selected: either electronically or by post. All decisions are saved in the VaSa service and the Suomi.fi Messages service
If the preferred place you have selected on the application is a private day care centre or group family day care operating with service vouchers, you will receive a decision about the service voucher.

4. Accepting a place in early childhood education and agreeing about early childhood education
You will agree on accepting a place in municipal early childhood education and getting to know the early childhood education with the manager of the child’s future day care centre. As early childhood education begins, you will agree on the child’s early childhood education times with the manager of the day care centre.
Once you have been granted a service voucher, you must contact the day care centre and agree on your child’s early childhood education. Read more about making the agreement and defining the value of the service voucher.

Enquiries related to applications

Vantaa Info assists families in e.g. filling in applications for early childhood education, making income declarations related to customer fees as well as online services. Guidance is available in all Vantaa Info locations as well as by phone and email.
Vantaa also has several early childhood education service counsellors (”palveluohjaaja” in Finnish). A service counsellor presents the various early childhood education options for families and helps them apply for a place in early childhood education.