Starting in Day Care
Familiarizing With Day Care
Before the child starts day care, the parents and the day care provider arrange an initial meet-ing. An educator can visit the child's home on the parents' request. Education partnering between the parents and the personnel is important in the beginning of day care. The parents and the personnel plan a familiarization period of one or two weeks. During the familiarization period, the child gets to know how the days are spent in the day care together with an educator.
The purpose of the initial meeting is to get to know the child and the family and to share thoughts and expectations about day care. You can print out (and fill in if you wish) the Child at Home form beforehand and think about the issues related to the beginning of day care.
In the initial meeting, you will fill in a care-time agreement which includes the daily hours of day care and possible regular days of absence. Bulletin on care-time agreement . The day care fee is determined by the hours of day care, the size of the family, and the family's income.
According to the law, the day care personnel and all collaborative parties have secrecy obligation regarding information on the family and the child (The Act on the Status and Rights of Patients 812 /2000 § 29).