Summertime services at Finnish Education and in Finnish Early Childhood Education in Espoo

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2020-06-16 12:52

In July, the number of children enrolled for early childhood education is almost the same as in previous years. However, in view of the current situation, we will keep more units open this summer than before. School year 2020-2021 begins in general upper secondary schools and Finnish speaking comprehensive schools as well as in Finnish Pre-primary Education on Thursday 13th of August. Swedish-speaking comprehensive schools start back up on 18th of August. 


Day Care Centres 

In July, the number of children enrolled for early childhood education is almost the same as in previous years. However, in view of the current situation, we will keep more units open this summer than before. This will ensure that there is more space in groups. Children will be in small groups and the use of facilities will be phased. We will enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Good hand hygiene will remain a top priority. We also ask guardians to avoid visiting inside day-care centres to reduce contact. 

In summer just like at other times, you must not come to early childhood education when ill. If a child becomes ill during the day, s/he should be picked up as soon as possible and, in case of a suspected coronavirus exposure, taken to be tested. 

Residents’ parks 

From 22 June to 31 July there will be 5 residents’ parks open: 

Parks will be open on weekdays from 8am to 4pm. You must not visit parks when ill. 

Outdoors only – take your own outdoor toys with you 

Only outdoor facilities are open. Remember to keep the necessary safety distances. This is why activities such as playing in the water or barbecuing are not possible this summer.  
The indoor facilities of residents’ parks will remain closed. However, you may use the toilet facilities when needed, but in this case too the safety distance of 2m and good coughing and hand hygiene must be observed.  
The toy storages in residents’ parks will remain closed for the time being. So please take your own outdoor toys with you. 

No more than 50 people in a park at any one time 

The aim is to limit the number of people in the parks to a maximum of 50 persons (children, guardians and staff) at any one time. Gatherings and assemblies must be avoided. The staff will monitor the number of people in the parks, but the responsibility for the safe use of residents’ parks is also with customers.  

A red mark at the gate to any residents’ park indicates when the park has temporarily reached its maximum capacity.  

Service Counselling 

The service counselling of early childhood education will have reduced opening hours from 18 June to 24 July. During the summer, our number 09 816 31000 will be open Mon–Fri 9:00–12:00.

Summertime services at Finnish Education 

Application period to the voluntary additional 10th grade and preparatory education continues until July 21st 

Applications to preparatory and voluntary additional basic education (10th grade) are submitted in the electronic system Opintopolku ( The online application must be submitted in the application system latest by July 21st 2020 at 3:00 pm. 

All preparatory education options in Espoo include voluntary additional basic education (10th grade), preparatory education for vocational education and training (VALMA) and preparatory education for general upper secondary education for immigrants (LUVA).  

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Advice for pupils moving to Espoo during summer 

Applying to afternoon activities 

Afternoon activities are arranged for pupils in grades 1 and 2 and for those with a special needs education decision in the pupil’s local school.  

Applications for schools’ afternoon activities arriving latest by July 31st 2020, are processed so that the decision can be read in Wilma latest by August 7th 2020. Information about applying on the page Afternoon activities and care for pupils