Applying for early childhood education

Vantaa offers early childhood education is municipal day care centres and in family day care. You can also apply for a place in a private day care centre, family day care or group family day care.

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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.

The early childhood education hours

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.

The application for early childhood education

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 and in a private day care centre, Pilke Pohjantähti. You can apply for a place in clubs with 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.

The service voucher 

Private day care allowance

Filling in the application for early childhood 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.

Read more about service vouchers >

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.

The principles guiding the placement of children into early childhood education in Vantaa.

English-speaking early childhood education and care

  • age of 3–4 years 

  • the child’s mother tongue is English 

  • the child’s mother tongue is Finnish, but the child has experience of English language environment 

  • one of the parents or guardians in the family speaks English to the child 

  • the child’s sibling is attending English-speaking early childhood education and care or English-speaking teaching 

  • application deadline

Finnish and Russian-speaking early childhood education and care

  • age of 2–6 years 

  • the child’s mother tongue is Russian 

  • one of the parents or guardians in the family speaks Russian 

  • the family speak Finnish 

  • the child’s sibling is attending Finnish and Russian-speaking early childhood education and care or Finnish and Russian-speaking teaching 

  • application deadline

The principles guiding the placement of children into Finnish early childhood education

When there are more applicants to a certain day care centre than there are free spaces, the following will be considered (not in order of importance):

  • siblings 

  • child-specific special needs (language, growth and learning support, Child Welfare’s support measures) 

  • daily day care hours 

  • whether the guardian is a single parent 

  • transport possibilities 

  • group functionality (the children’s age distribution; language, growth and learning support)

When placing children in a Swedish-speaking early childhood education, also these factors will be considered:

  • the child’s mother tongue is Swedish 

  • one of the parents or guardians in the family speak Swedish 

  • the child has experience of Swedish-speaking language environment

Placing a child in need of support for their growth and development in early childhood education 

Placing a child in early childhood education and the necessary support measures are prepared together with the parents or other guardians, the region’s consultative special needs kindergarten teacher and other potential experts. 

Evening and round-the-clock early childhood education and care

Only children that require care outside the hours 6.00–18.00 due to the work or studies of their parents or guardians are placed into an evening day care group or a round-the-clock day care group. When the need for evening or round-the-clock early childhood education and care ends, the child will mostly be transferred to a day care group. First grade students needing nonstandard hour childcare can be placed in round-the clock day care centres. 

Steiner and Montessori-focused early childhood education and care

  • the parent’s interest in the day care centre’s educational philosophy and operational principles 

  • the child has previously been in care at a Steiner or Montessori day care centre 

  • the child’s sibling is attending Steiner/Montessori early childhood education and care or teaching 

  • application deadline 

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