Day Care Centres

Espoo has both municipal and private day care centres. In addition, the City of Espoo has signed outsourcing contracts with some private day care centres that are known as outsourced day care centres.

Municipal day care centres are open on weekdays between 6.30 am and 6.00 pm depending on the needs of customers and with the exception of holidays. Shift day care centres are also open in the evenings, nights and weekends. Information about the opening hours of private day care centres is available from the day care centres in question.

The staff of day care centres primarily consists of kindergarten teachers and child care workers. At least one qualified individual for every seven over 3-year-old or four under 3-year-old children must provide care and education services at a day care centre. In part-time day care, there can be up to 13 children over the age of three for every individual providing care and education services. Day care centres also employ kitchen, cleaning and other assisting staff.