Teaching and education, day care

Photo: Maarit Miettinen


Families residing in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen have the opportunity to apply for a day care place for their child in a Helsinki metropolitan area city other than their city of residence. The right to day care independent of municipal borders does not apply to private day care or shift day care organised by the city. 

When granting day care places, each city prioritises its own residents. For this reason, families are encouraged to also apply for a day care place in their municipality of residence. 

The cities in the Helsinki metropolitan area have agreed that when a family moves to another municipality, the child’s day care place remains in the previous municipality of residence until the child starts school. 

Families are liable to pay the customer fees set by the city that provides the day care service.


In the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, pre-primary education is mainly organised by the child’s municipality of residence. Cooperation related to the provision of basic education in the area is based on agreements between the municipalities. Having completed basic education, young people residing in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area can apply to upper secondary education across municipal borders.

The cities in the area offer native language teaching for immigrants in more than 40 languages. If a pupil’s native language is not taught in the municipality of residence, the pupil will be provided with the opportunity to study the language in another municipality in the area.

The cities of Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa have reached an agreement on the allocation of cost of the attendance of upper secondary school across municipal borders. The agreement concerns the upper secondary school education provided by the cities, and it is effective between 2009 and 2011.


Ilmonet is a Internet based course registration portal shared by the Helsinki Metropolitan Area adult education centres. You can search for available courses in different ways on Ilmonet and enrol yourself or a group on a course.

Helsinki: Finnish Adult Education Centre
Helsinki: Swedish Adult Education Centre
Espoo: Adult Education Centre
Kauniainen: Adult Education Centre

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