A free early childhood education for 5-year-olds

Espoo wants to encourage children to participate in early childhood education, and that is why we are involved in the free early childhood education pilot for 5-year-olds. The pilot is organised in early childhood education between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021 for children who were born year 2015. Children who were born year 2016 can attend to free early childhood education 20 hours per week from 1 August 2021.

In the free early childhood education of 20 hours per week, the activities are based on the National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care and the Espoo early childhood education plan.

  • Free early childhood education is offered for 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday between 8 and 13. The units determine the exact time themselves.
  • If the child is already in municipal or outsourced early childhood education, free early childhood education does not need to be separately applied for.
  • The child does not need to switch to another unit, because free early childhood education is implemented at all municipal early childhood education units.
  • The unit provides you with a new “Agreement on hours of child’s early childhood education” form with which you can indicate your service need.

Round-the-clock care:

Based on the presence of the children, the share of free early childhood education is placed between 8 and 16 for four hours a day on five days a week.

Free early childhood education is also organised on weekends for children for whom care has been scheduled for the day in question.

Private service providers:

If the service provider functioning with the help of the private early childhood education allowance does not participate in the free early childhood education, the family may apply for a place for their child in a municipal or outsourced unit. Processing times under the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care are followed in processing the application.

If you need more information, please contact the head of your child’s early childhood education unit.