Teaching and education, day care

Photo: Maarit Miettinen


Families resident in the day care joint usage areas of Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa are eligible for a day care placement at their municipality of residence or another municipality within the joint usage area.

Applications may be submitted for day care placements in the joint usage area only or additionally in the family’s municipality of residence, using the day care application form issued by the municipality of residence. When making an application for a day care placement in another municipality, applicants are required to specify three preferred placements, one of which must be located in the municipality of residence. The application can be lodged at the municipality of residence or at the municipality in which the preferred day care facility is located, with the exception of Kauniainen, where applications are lodged in the municipality of residence only. For further information during the application process, applicants are requested to contact the day care service department of the municipality in which their first choice day care facility is located.

Day care is available in day care centres, in family day care provided at the carers’ own home and in joint group family day care. Pre-school education, 24-hour care and evening and Saturday care provision are excluded from the scope of the municipal joint usage agreement. In addition, private day care provision is excluded in the municipalities of Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. A day care placement is allocated within four months of the receipt of an application.

Where the need for a placement arises through employment, education or training, the commencement of which could not have been foreseen by the applicant, the placement will be allocated within two weeks. Families resident in the areas of joint usage have equal access to day care services. However, ultimate responsibility for service provision rests with the municipality of residence.

Day care placements are allocated and the fees are collected by the municipality providing the service. A harmonised charging regime (in Finnish) applies to all day care provided under the joint usage agreement, with the exception of the maximum fee rate charged for the second youngest child in Helsinki, which may set at up to €40 lower than in other municipalities.


Joint Usage Area A
Espoo: Laaksonlahti census area and in the Kanta-Leppävaara census area the sub-areas of Pohjois-Leppävaara, Mäkkylä, Lintukorpi, Lintulaakso, Uusmäki and Lintumetsä.
Helsinki: Pitäjänmäki. Vantaa: Hämeenkylä, Linnainen, Hämevaara and Vapaala.

Joint Usage Area B
Helsinki: in the Mellunkylä district: Kontula, Vesala and Mellunmäki.
Vantaa: neighbourhoods of Vaarala, Rajakylä and Länsimäki.

Joint Usage Area C: Swedish-speaking day care
Espoo: Laaksolahti census district and in the Kanta-Leppavaara census district the sub-districts of Pohjois-Leppävaara, Mäkkylä, Lintukorpi, Lintulaakso, Uusmäki and Lintumetsä.
Helsinki: Pitäjänmäki district.

In Kauniainen, approximately 5% of day care places (equivalent to 16 full-time places as at January 2008) are available for non-residents. A corresponding number of children resident in Kauniainen may be allocated day care placements in other joint usage areas.


All applications for day care are to be lodged with the municipality of residence. In the event of a family moving to another municipality within the metropolitan region, children are entitled to continue attending day care in the municipality in which they were previously resident until such a time as they begin their compulsory school education.


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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