Early Childhood Education Fees and Allowances
The highest fee charged for the family's youngest child is €295 per month, and then 40% of the full-time care fee of the youngest child for the second child (at most €118 per month) and 20% for the other children in the family (at most €59 per month).
The client fee is charged maximum of 11 months per year (1.8.-31.7.). July is free of charge provided that the child´s early childhood education has begun at the latest on on September of the preceding year. The family must inform the authorities if the child has participated in early childhood education of another municipality.
Summer season fees: if the child started in early childhood education and care at the latest by 30 September, July will be free-of-charge for the guardians. If the children started in early childhood education and care after this date, a half a month's fee will also be charged for July. In such cases, the child must be absent from the early childhood education and care for the whole calendar month even if the month starts in the middle of the week.
If the child is in early childhood education and care even for one day in July, the fee for the month will be charged in full.
If the child is at least two months away from early childhood education and care during the summer season, a care place guarantee can be applied.
Early childhood education’s billing in spring 2023 / bills sent retroactively
Billing early childhood education clients through the VaSa system has begun. Due to the change, unbilled bills will be sent to the families at approximately 3-week intervals, so that we can assume normal billing schedule by the beginning of summer. Some of the spring months will have two bills coming due, while some will only have one.
In the future, early childhood education’s client fees will be billed once a month retrospectively. The bill for the previous month will always arrive in the middle of the following month, and the due date will be at the end of the month.
For your information
In the VaSa service, some customers' payment decisions do not have a pdf file of the payment decision made, or the customer cannot open the file. When the payment decision is made and a pdf file is created from it, there is currently also a small delay (approx. 15 minutes), so if you receive information about the payment decision in your email, the pdf may not have had time to be created yet. We recommend logging in again after a while.The provider of the VaSa service is investigating the situation. At the moment, payment decisions are not sent to customers either by mail. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.
Gross income limits
Income limit gross income €/mo. 2 913 €, Income for highest fee € /mo. 5 670 €
Income limit gross income €/mo. 3 758 €, Income for highest fee € /mo. 6 515 €
Income limit gross income €/mo. 4 267 €, Income for highest fee € /mo. 7 024 €
Income limit gross income €/mo. 4 777 €, Income for highest fee € /mo. 7 534 €
Income limit gross income €/mo. 5 284 €, Income for highest fee € /mo. 8 041 €
Customer fees based on the child's early childhood education time
the monthly fee is at most 50% of the full-time fee, maximum fee 148 €
the monthly fee is at most 60% of the full-time fee, maximum fee 177 €
the monthly fee is at most 80% of the full-time fee, maximum fee 236 €
the monthly fee is at most 100% of the full-time fee, maximum fee 295 €
Filling Income Declaration
A child’s customer payment or value of the service voucher in early childhood education is determined by the family’s income. Families are asked to return the income declaration form when the child starts in early childhood education as well as when the family’s income changes. In addition, early childhood education’s customer payments are checked yearly.
When a family accepts their child’s early childhood education placement or a service voucher, the guardian must return the income declaration form and receipts in paper. If a guardian accepts the maximum payment, they must inform of their decision by returning an income declaration form on paper, points 1-6 filled in.
If the customer payment for early childhood education has been based on wrongful information given by the customer, the payment can be corrected retroactively for the last year. If receipts of income are missing, the maximum payment for early childhood education will be charged.
The income declaration form with its attachments can be delivered to a municipal day care centre, Vantaa info or sent by mail to the address below:
Talous ja strategia/talouspalvelut
01030 Vantaan kaupunki
Alternatively, the adults in the family can accept the use of Incomes Register, check for additional information regarding the use of Incomes Register below.
Income from self-employment or business are declared on a separate entrepreneur’s income declaration form.
The forms related to payment determination
Information on Taxable and Tax-free Income to Be Delivered, e.g.
- Previous and this year’s payslip with accrual information and report on holiday pay. If the report on holiday pay is not included, 5 % will be added to the monthly gross income.
- Other continuous personal income (e.g., meeting allowances, fringe benefits and daily allowances)
- Revenue from capital goods and other assets, like interest, dividend, and rental income
- Students must deliver the beginning term’s certificate of registration/certificate of enrolment
- If a student works in addition to studying, payslips must be delivered
- Sickness daily allowance, maternity allowance/parental allowance, flexible care allowance, partial care allowance, paternity allowance (Kela’s conclusion in attachments)
- Earnings adjusted daily allowance or daily unemployment benefit, adjusted daily allowance for unemployment
- Accident insurance allowance and life annuity
- Pensions (e.g., child’s, guardians’ employment, family, or national pension)
- Maintenance allowance/benefit regarding the children in early childhood education, also notify if you are not receiving maintenance allowance/benefit
Information to be delivered regarding income reductions, e.g.
- Receipts from paid maintenance allowances or maintenance agreement
- Agreement on life annuity
Customer payment is based on the income of the guardian/guardians living in the same address and the possible partner of a guardian. Both family adults must personally give consent to the use of Incomes Register.
Consent can be given by logging into VaSa service using your own online bank identifiers or mobile certificate. If the person does not use VaSa service, they can send their consent via email to the address email@example.com.
Consent to use Incomes Register is valid indefinitely. The consent can be withdrawn at any moment by editing the given consent in VaSa service or by notifying via email.
If you agree to your income being checked from Incomes Register, you do not need to separately send receipts of the salaries and benefits paid to you in order to make the payment decision. Incomes Register does not show all income yet so for example entrepreneurs’ income must still be declared as attachments to the income declaration. Also, the child’s possible income must be declared on the income declaration.
Checking Customer Payments
Early childhood education’s customer payments are checked annually. Payments are also checked if there are changes to the family’s size, gross income (any changes of at least 10% are checked), or the child’s early childhood education times. The family has the responsibility of notifying of any changes regarding the family’s income or size to the early childhood education customer payments. Payments are also checked if there are changes to the Customer Payment Act or city of Vantaa’s decisions regarding customer payments.
Correcting the Customer Payment and Claim for a Revised Decision
Before making a written claim for a revised decision to the Education and Learning Committee, we ask you to contact the customer payment preparing service secretaries via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Correction to the payment can mainly be done as a normal payment correction without a claim for a revised decision.
Income Considered in Determining Customer Payment or Service Voucher Value
A child’s customer payment or service voucher value is determined according to the income of the parent or other guardian living in the same household as well as their partner or a person living in marriage-like conditions. The customer payment of a child in joint custody is determined by the primary custodial parent’s family size and their family’s income. Also the child’s own income effects the customer payment or service voucher value paid for them.
Considered as income
- The taxable wage and unearned income as well as tax-free income of the parent or other guardian sharing the same household with the child as well as their partner or a person living in marriage-like conditions. In addition, a report on holiday allowance must be attached. If there is no report, 5% is added to the monthly income.
- The maintenance allowance or benefit of the child in early childhood education is considered income
Not considered as income
- Home care allowance for children
- Child benefit
- Disability Benefits Act’s (570/2007) disability allowance of under 16-year-olds
- Disability benefit of over 16-year-olds and pensioner’s care allowance and dietary allowance
- Child supplement of the National Pensions Act (568/2007)
- Housing allowance
- Healthcare and examination costs paid based on accident insurance
- Draftees' dependants allowance
- Front veteran's supplement
- Study grant
- Adult education subsidy
- Housing benefit of the study assistance
- Activity and travel allowance paid as social assistance
- Upkeep allowance paid based on the Act on Social Insurance Institution of Finland’s rehabilitation benefits and rehabilitation allowance benefits (566/2005)
- Upkeep allowance paid based on the Act on Public Employment Services
- Grants and other similar allowances paid for studies nor compensations for the costs of family care
Considered as income deductions are maintenance allowances paid for children outside of the family and other similar costs originating from de facto family relationships as well as life annuity. Receipts for paid maintenance allowances must be delivered.
Pre-primary education based on the Basic Education Act is free of charge for the child, but its complementary early childhood education is subject to charge.
The paternity leave and early childhood education
Absence during paternity leave is free of charge for the child who said paternity leave is regarding. According to the Early Childhood Education Act, a child cannot attend early childhood education during paternity leave. Family’s other children can attend early childhood education during the paternity leave. If the family’s other children are absent from early childhood education, their absence is not free of charge.
Absence based on paternity leave must be reported to the location of the early childhood education at the latest 14 days (2 weeks) before its planned starting date.
Absence can be reported with “Child’s absence during paternity leave” -form and Kela’s paternity allowance decision must be delivered as attachment.
Child home care allowance
Home care allowance can be applied by a family who’s under 3-year-old child is reared at home. Home care allowance cannot be paid for a child that is in municipal early childhood education.
Private day care allowance
Private early childhood education’s payments are determined by the day care’s decision on if they use service vouchers or private child-care allowance.
In a day care centre using service vouchers the payment can be at most 30 euros more than municipal early childhood education’s customer payment. The service voucher’s value is determined by the family’s income so the family must deliver the income declaration form with its attachments.
Day care centres, group family day care or family day care child minder using private child-care allowance can determine their own customer payment. Family applies for private child-care allowance from Kela.