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Open early childhood education and care

If your child does not participate in daycare activities or attend family-based day care that are arranged by a municipal or a private provider, he or she can attend open early childhood education clubs. Open early childhood education and care is a service that is alternative to full-time or part-time day care and to the private daycare allowance. Attending open early childhood education and care activities does not remove the parents’ right to receive a child home care allowance, which is granted by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela).

There are two kinds of playgroup clubs:

  • playgroup clubs for children of various ages: you need to submit an application and your child will attend the club alone
  • family clubs: open for children and their parents, and no application or registration is required
Updated 25.8.2023