Espoo to introduce service vouchers in early childhood education

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2021-03-10 15:11

Families can apply for a service voucher for a private day care centre as of March 2021 and use it for early childhood education starting from 1 August 2021. The application process for a service voucher is the same as it is for municipal early childhood education. Families can apply for a child-specific service voucher for those private day care centres that the City of Espoo has approved as service providers.

The City of Espoo contributes to the costs of private early childhood education by granting families a child-specific service voucher for the purposes of the child’s early childhood education. For families, the monthly fee for early childhood education provided through a service voucher is no more than EUR 50 higher than the fee for municipal early childhood education. The service voucher for early childhood education is income-based, as are the client fees for municipal early childhood education.

Service vouchers are available to families whose child is entitled to early childhood education. When using a service voucher, the family cannot receive private day care allowance or child home care allowance and the child cannot attend municipal early childhood education.

Further information: Service voucher