Early childhood education fees

The client fees for municipal early childhood education are determined as a percentage of the family’s gross income. The fees vary according to family size, income and care hours from care completely free of charge to a monthly payment of max. €289 per child.  The family submits an income declaration about their gross income to the early childhood education place. The income declaration is not needed if the family agrees to pay the highest fee.

The highest early childhood education fee must also be paid, if the family fails to submit the required income information or the information is insufficient. The amount of the fee is also impacted by the duration of the early childhood education period and absences. The guardians receive a written decision about the early childhood education fees. The fees are invoiced in the middle of the month following the provision of the service. The fees of municipal early childhood education are presented in more detail in the bulletin that can be opened at the bottom of the page.

Fees during summer

No fee is charged for July, if the child’s early childhood education period has begun in September of the previous year at the latest.

If the early childhood education period has begun later, the fee is charged also for July. The fee for the whole month of July is charged if the child has attended early childhood education even for one day. If the child has not attended early childhood education for the whole month, half of the monthly fee is charged.

Fail to cancel an early childhood education place reserved for a holiday

  • If the parents/guardians reserve an early education place for the child for the duration of their holiday and fail to cancel it in advance by the required deadline, half of the monthly early childhood education fee, as defined according to the Client Fee Act (734/1992), is charged for the uncancelled early childhood education place. This is also done in situations where the monthly fee for the early childhood education place is charged for 11 months.
  • As regards families who are not assigned a monthly fee at all based on their income, half of the smallest payable fee will be charged.

Client fees in outsourced and private day care

In the outsourced services, the client fees are the same as in municipal early childhood education.
In private early childhood education, which is not an outsourced service, the fees are decided by the early childhood education provider.

Club fees

The club fee varies according to the weekly club days and daily operating hours of the club.

Eary childhood education client fee reduction or exemption

The early childhood education and club fee can be exempted or it can be reduced from the family’s income-based fee according to Section 13 of the Act on Client Fees in Early Childhood Education and Care on the grounds confirmed by the City Board on 06/03/2017. 

The reduction of or exemption from the early childhood education fee must be applied for in writing, and the application must be appended with the documents you wish to use to support your application. The decision will be made on the basis of case-specific consideration. The fee can be reduced or exempted on the following grounds: 

  1. The family receives statutory basic income support 

    If the family’s right to statutory basic income support ends when, for example, a family member becomes employed, the family must report the change of income to the early childhood education invoicing.

    Course of action: The family applies in writing for an early childhood education fee reduction or exemption. A calculation of available funds will be made for the family in accordance with Section 3. There is no need to attach income support decisions because they will be submitted directly by Kela.

  2. For a child, early childhood education or club activities are a child welfare open care support measure

    Child Welfare Act, section 36

    Early childhood education as a support measure of child welfare open care is free of charge.

    Course of action: Families do not need to apply for exemption from fees separately. A social worker submits the agreed-upon information about the client plan to the financial specialist at the Education and Cultural Services, Financial Administration.

    The precondition for receiving the reduction is that a special kindergarten teacher consulting on early childhood education has participated in preparing the client plan. More information on the operating instruction is available from the chief social worker or financial expert at the Education and Cultural Services.

  3. The family’s financial standing has weakened for another extremely important reason

    Such a reason can be, for example, unemployment or a similar unexpected factor affecting the family’s financial situation. The decision will be made case-specifically based on the calculation of available funds. The calculation of financial standing is based on the amount of euros corresponding to the basic amount of income support for each family member. In addition, the calculation takes into account the following income and expenses:

    All the family’s net earnings are considered income, including:

  4. Net salaries

  5. All benefits paid by Kela (such as unemployment benefits, pensions, child maintenance allowance/support, housing allowance)

  6. Any other income

    Expenses include, for example:

  • A reasonable rent or maintenance charge

  • A reasonable electricity and water charge

  • Interest rates on mortgages and student loans (please note! No loan repayments)

  • Regional ticket

    Expenses not taken into account, including:

  • Insurance payments, consumer credit and flexible consumer credit, property and inheritance taxes, court costs, credit arrangement granted by a guarantee foundation, enforcement fees (exceptionally, enforcement fees are taken into account if the family receives statutory income support)

    Course of action:  The written application must be appended with a copy of the latest payslip and other income, a copy of a document indicating the rent (such as the most recent notification of rent increase or a rent payment calculation received from the lessor) or maintenance charge as well as possible mortgage interest rates. If the family participates in a debt restructuring programme, the application must also be appended with the decision of the district court along with a calculation of available funds. The latest payslip must be attached as well. There is no need to attach copies of benefits paid by Kela. A calculation of available funds is made for the family.

If the family has agreed to pay the highest early childhood education fee or has not submitted its income data in order to have the fee determined, the fee will not be reduced or exempted for the duration of this time period. 

As a rule, the fee reduction is granted starting from the beginning of the month when the application was submitted. The reduction can be paid retrospectively for the month preceding the application if the requirements for applying for the reduction were already met at that point of time. In exceptional cases (such as when information on new sources of income is not yet available, e.g. the unemployment benefit), a reduction can be granted for up to two months retrospectively. For social reasons, the reduction can be granted retrospectively for a longer period of time; however, this period cannot exceed one year.  

The reduction or exemption is always granted for a specified time period, 1–12 months at a time.

The decision on the fee reduction or exemption will be made by the financial manager or financial specialist at the Education and Cultural Services.

Other things to consider

The family is obliged to report all changes in its income. A reduction or exemption based on incorrect information will be recovered retrospectively as early childhood education fees.

A client relationship with debt counselling is not a prerequisite for the reduction of or exemption from early childhood education fees. If early childhood education fees have been taken into account in the debt restructuring calculation confirmed by the district court, the city will use the early childhood education fees referred to in the calculation.

The city has the right to verify the family’s information in the Population Information Register, from Kela and other authorities in accordance with Section 17 of the Act on Client Fees in Early Childhood Education and Care (1503/2016).

Early childhood education client fee reduction or exemption (docx, 63 Kt)