Application period for early childhood education places available in the autumn begins
The application period for early childhood education and open early education clubs available in August 2019 in Tampere has started. The application period ends on 24 March 2019.
The primary means for applying for a place is the electronic application form on the City of Tampere’s website. If necessary, the application form can also be filled in at the customer service desk of early childhood education services (Day care customer guidance, Frenckellinaukio 2 B) from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Early childhood education services in day care centres will start after the summertime activities on 5 August 2019.
More information on early childhood education, different day care alternatives and the application procedure can be found on the City of Tampere’s website. The website also provides information on day care centres that provide child care services in the evenings and for shift workers as well as on language groups and open early education clubs and family clubs intended for children under school age and their families.
Questions related to applying and other services may be submitted to the customer service desk of the Education and Learning Services department, tel. 040 800 7260 (calling time Mon–Fri at 9:00–12:00) or by e-mail to varhaiskasvatus.asiakaspalvelu(at)tampere.fi.
Applications for a place in early childhood education can also be sent all year round outside the application period. A place must be applied for at least four months before the need for day care begins.
Families living in the Tampere region can also apply for a place in municipal early childhood education for their children in other municipalities in the nearby region (Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Vesilahti and Ylöjärvi). The application is made for both the applicant’s own municipality of residence and the applicant’s region. The residents of the municipality have priority for early childhood education in their municipality of residence so a place can only be granted to other children in the region if there are open places left.
The offering of private early childhood education services has increased in recent years. Private services are an important part of a functional service network in Tampere and the municipalities of the region.
The private service offering includes, among other things, day care centres for which the city grants a service voucher to the family (service voucher day care centres). The family may also get a place in a private day care centre with the private day care allowance (granted by Kela). In this case, the family applies for a place by first contacting the chosen day care provider directly.
In some of its operating regions, the City of Tampere also acquires early childhood education as a purchased service from private providers. In this case, the family applies for a place directly from the city.
A family living in Tampere can also apply for a day care place in private day care centres operating in neighbouring municipalities by contacting the day care centre in question.
Text Johanna Toivanen
Photos Opa Latvala