Early childhood education
The parents of children under school-age have the legal right to select one of the following child care options:
- caring for one’s children by oneself with home care allowance, if there is a child under the age of 3 in the family
- placing the children in a municipal day care place
- arranging for day care using private child care allowance (a private day care place or a hired child care worker at home)
The goal is to give families the chance to choose a day care place or other early childhood education service that suits the needs of the child and the family and facilitates the balanced growth, development and learning of the child.
The main principle of day care is an appreciation of childhood. The individuality of each child and the developmental needs of different-aged children are taken into consideration as effectively as possible.