A free early childhood education for 5-year-olds

A free early childhood education pilot of 20 hours per week for 5-year-olds will start next autumn. The pilot concerns all children living in Espoo who were born in 2014. It will be implemented between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.

Is your child already in municipal early childhood education or an outsourced day-care centre?

If this is the case, free early childhood education will be arranged for your child for four hours a day from Monday to Friday in your child’s current early childhood education place at the day-care centre or in family day care. There is no need for a new application. The early childhood education fee will only be charged for the time exceeding 20 hours a week.

Is your child already in a private day-care centre or in family day care?

In Espoo, day-care centres and family day-care providers functioning with the help of the private day-care allowance may participate in the pilot if they wish. To implement the pilot, a new municipal supplement for five-year-olds will be introduced to allow private service providers to participate in the pilot and offer families a discount on the early childhood education fee.

You will receive information on participating in the pilot from your early childhood education place. If the private service provider does not participate in the pilot but you wish to apply for free early childhood education, please supply an application for municipal early childhood education or an outsourced day-care centre no later than 31 March 2019.

Are you interested in participating in the pilot even though your child is not yet in early childhood education?

If you want your child to participate in free early childhood education from the beginning of August 2019, please submit an application for early childhood education no later than 31 March 2019. If you have already applied for an early childhood education place for the autumn of 2019, you do not need to submit a new application.