Service guidance and Applying for early childhood education

You can call service guidance if you have any questions regarding the early childhood education application process or different forms of care and support available. Service guidance is also responsible for selecting children for municipal early childhood education.

Early childhood education fees

+358 9 816 27400Service voucher contact information tel. +358 9 816 27401

Contact information
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday  9-12 

There are 5 options to choose from:

1. Swedish-language day care
2. Leppävaara
3. Tapiola and Matinkylä-Olari
4. Espoonlahti
5. Espoo Centre

 

Early childhood education service guidance

+358 9 816 31000Mailing address PL 3125 02070 Espoon kaupunki

Contact information

Mondays 9-13 am
Tuesdays 9-13 am 
Wednesdays 9-13 am
Thursdays 13-16 pm
Fridays 9-13 am

Kunnalliseen varhaiskasvatukseen ja varhaiskasvatuksen kerhoihin haetaan kirjautumalla vahvalla tunnistautumisella sivulla Espoo's early childhood education(extrernal link)

Osaan ostopalveluvarhaiskasvatuksen päiväkodeista haetaan samalla hakemuksella kuin kunnalliseen varhaiskasvatukseen ja osaan päiväkodeista haetaan päiväkotien omilla hakemuksilla. Tarkemmat yhteystiedot ostopalvelupäiväkotien omilta sivuilta.

                 

Palveluseteliä haetaan hakemalla varhaiskasvatuspaikkaa palvelusetelipäiväkodista, kirjautumalla vahvalla tunnistautumisella sivulla Espoo's early childhood education(extrernal link). Hakemuksella valitaan Hakutoiveet -kohdassa palveluseteliyksikkö, johon halutaan hakea.

Yksityistä varhaiskasvatuspaikkaa haetaan suoraan toivotusta varhaiskasvatusyksiköstä. Tarkemmat yhteystiedot yksityisten päiväkotien omilta sivuilta.

Lapsella voi olla kerralla vireillä yksi kunnallinen varhaiskasvatus- kerho ja/ tai esiopetushakemus.

Hakemukset kunnalliseen varhaiskasvatukseen, kerhoon ja palvelusetelipäiväkotiin sekä yksityiseen varhaiskasvatukseen voivat olla samaan aikaan vireillä.

Applying for municipal early childhood education

Application periods

Application for early childhood education(extrernal link) can be submitted all year round.

The application to municipal early childhood education must be submitted at the latest four months before the desired start day. 

If the start date of early childhood education cannot be predicted and the need for a place in early childhood education is due to sudden employment at a new job or a sudden offer of a new study place, the place in early childhood education must be applied for as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the need begins. In this case, a certificate of sudden employment or an offer of a study place must be appended to the application to be submitted to the Early Childhood Education Service Guidance. 

If the family refuses an assigned care place, the family must submit a new application. In this case, the above-mentioned four-month processing period applies in the arrangement of a new care place.

To be observed when filling in the application

The early childhood education application is filled in separately for each child. The electronic early childhood education application requires a Finnish personal identity code for the child. The application is for the early childhood education of the City of Espoo. The family can express its wishes regarding the care form, care premises and care hours in the application. The child’s weekly need for care is indicated in the application.

The goal of early childhood education is to promote the child’s balanced growth, development and learning. If your child requires support due to his/her physical, mental or social development, indicate it in the application.

Applying for evening or round-the-clock care

When applying for evening or round-the-clock care (round-the-clock and weekend care), certificates of evening or shift work or evening studies of both parents must be appended to the application. The certificates are submitted to the Early Childhood Education Service Guidance.

Exchanging care places

When a child already has a care in Espoo’s municipal early childhood education and another care place is applied for the child, a new early childhood education application must be filled in for the child. The new application serves as a transfer application. The transfer application is valid for one year from its date of submittal. The transfer application does not have a processing time. The transfer decisions are done when enabled by the applicant and care place situation.

Families moving to Espoo

Moving to Espoo does not automatically mean that your early childhood education application will be processed at an accelerated schedule (within two weeks). Espoo will provide a place in early childhood education within four months from the receipt of the application at the latest, but whenever possible, a place will be offered earlier, depending on the situation with applicants and the availability of places.

You can submit an application before you move to Espoo.

When moving from one municipality to another within the capital region (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen), the child may keep their old municipal early childhood education place until the end of the following autumn or spring term.

Cancelling and modifying an early childhood education application

The family can cancel an application by a written notification or e-mail to the Early Childhood Education Service Guidance. Modifications to an application can be done by contacting the Early Childhood. vaka.palveluohjaus@espoo.fi

How to apply for a service voucher

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 must be submitted at least four months before early childhood education starts.

A list of the private day care centres that accept a service voucher will be added to this page in early March.

You can apply for a service voucher in the same way as you would apply for municipal early childhood education, by filling in an application through the City of Espoo’s online system (espoonvarhaiskasvatus.fi). Under the application section “Preferred units”, select the service voucher unit to which you want to apply. We recommend that you contact the day care centre at the latest after submitting your application.

Espoo's early childhood education(extrernal link)

Information for families

Service vouchers for early childhood education will be available to families in Espoo as of 1 August 2021. A service voucher is one way of providing early childhood education before a child attends compulsory education.

The City of Espoo contributes to the costs of private early childhood education by granting a child-specific service voucher to families. The municipality grants a service voucher for a child’s 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.

The City of Espoo will grant a service voucher, at the latest, until the end of July (31 July) of the year when the child’s compulsory pre-primary education starts. The family will need to apply for a separate service voucher for the pre-primary education year if their child needs early childhood education in addition to pre-primary education.

Income-based service voucher

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. Some service providers may charge the above-mentioned additional fee. The prices of each day care centre will be added to this page in March.

Decision-making policies

The Finnish Early Education and Education Committee decided (17 February 2011) the policies applied to placing children in statutory Finnish day care. The child is assigned a care place according to the placement policies:

  • The day-care place is assigned within realms of possibility according to the guardians’ wishes.
  • When there are more applicants to some day-care place than there are available places, the placement of the children observes the following principles:
    • need for day care: only children, whose need for day care falls upon some other time than between 6:30 am and 6:00 pm due to the guardian’s work or studies, will be placed in the evening and round-the-clock care groups
    • child-specific special reasons: the child’s placement is based on a statement provided by the Child Welfare Services, family worker, child health clinic, speech therapist, doctor or some other expert or support need assessed by early childhood education
    • sibling relationships: the goal is to place siblings in the same day-care place, if the family does not express other wishes
    • means of communication: the guardians possibilities for bringing the child to day care is determined in the placement process (public transport or own car, transport directions)
  • When making children’s day-care place decisions, the starting point is also to form functional child groups and ensure the appropriate use of the care premises.  The decision-maker will apply his/her discretion while observing the overall day-care situation.
  • If the guardians wish to change the existing day-care place of the child to another care place, the above-mentioned policies are applied to assigning a new care place.

Early childhood education decisions are done until the end of July of the year when the child starts pre-primary education.

Applying for clubs, decision-making, club fees and selection criteria

The club’s term runs from August until the end of May. A new application must always be submitted for the new term.  The application period for the following term of the clubs is in March. The decision on granting a place in a club is made for one term.

However, after the application period, you can also apply to clubs for places that may be released during the term.

Applying for a club is done with the application available at the Day care and club applications site(extrernal link). It can be filled in and sent on the Internet.

Attending club activities does not impact child home care allowance paid by Kela. If the child receives private early childhood education allowance, the child cannot receive a place in a club.

Clubs

Applying for outsourced early childhood education units

The City of Espoo has concluded service purchasing agreements with some private early childhood education units. In these units the care fees are the same as in municipal early childhood education.

The application for outsourced early childhood education is submitted in the same ways as to municipal early childhood education. In the case of some units, the application process involves contacting the unit’s contact persons directly. The application process information is provided at the own websites of the early childhood education units.

Applying for private early childhood education

Private early childhood education is early childhood education provided by a private company or community and supervised by the city. Private day care allowance is paid for private early childhood education. It is applied from Kela.

Private early childhood education is applied directly from the chosen care place. The service provider decides on the selection of children and client fees.

How to apply for a service voucher

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 must be submitted at least four months before early childhood education starts.

A list of the private day care centres that accept a service voucher will be added to this page in early March.

You can apply for a service voucher in the same way as you would apply for municipal early childhood education, by filling in an application through the City of Espoo’s online system (espoonvarhaiskasvatus.fi). Under the application section “Preferred units”, select the service voucher unit to which you want to apply. We recommend that you contact the day care centre at the latest after submitting your application.

Ilta- ja vuorohoito

Ilta-, viikonloppu- ja ympärivuorokautinen varhaiskasvatus on tarkoitettu lapsille, joiden molemmat vanhemmat ovat vuorotyössä tai opiskelevat iltaisin ja viikonloppuisin.

Ilta- ja vuorohoitoon haetaan kunnallisella varhaiskasvatushakemuksella. Päätöksen ilta- ja/tai vuorohoidosta tekee varhaiskasvatuksen palveluohjaus. Hakemuksen liitteeksi toimitetaan molempien vanhempien osalta todistus työstä tai opiskelusta johtuvasta ilta- tai vuorohoidon tarpeesta.

Vuorohoidon tavoitteena on tarjota lapselle monipuolista varhaiskasvatusta. Erityistä huomiota kiinnitetään perusturvallisuuden luomiseen sekä viikko- ja vuorokausirytmin hahmottamiseen.

Osassa vuorohoitopäiväkodeista  järjestetään esiopetusta maanantaista perjantaihin klo 9.00-13.00.

Ilta-, viikonloppu- ja ympärivuorokautisen hoidon tarpeen päättyessä, lapselle osoitetaan uusi varhaiskasvatuspaikka.

 

Espoossa tarjotaan ilta-, viikonloppu- ja ympärivuorokautista varhaiskasvatusta keskitetysti seuraavissa päiväkodeissa:

Espoon keskus

Päiväkoti Villivarsa (ostopalvelupäiväkoti)         
Kirstintie 28
02760 Espoo
Puh. 050 371 2658
ympärivuorokautinen

Suvelan päiväkoti           
Kirstintie 18
02760 Espoo
Puh. 816 82334
avoinna tarpeen mukaan ma-pe klo 6-22

Suviniityn päiväkoti          
Suviniitynkuja 2
02770 Espoo
Puh. 040 639 4701
ympärivuorokautinen

Espoonlahti

Suomenojan päiväkoti 
Suomalaistentie 4 B
02270 Espoo
Puh. 050 350 8196
ympärivuorokautinen

Leppävaara

Kepelin päiväkoti
Säterinrinne 19
02600 Espoo
Päiväkodinjohtaja puh.  043 825 4476
Vuorohoito puh 043 825 4475
ympärivuorokautinen

Monikon päiväkoti (1.8.2021 alkaen)
Veräjäpellonkatu 2-4
02600 Espoo
ma-su klo 06.00-22.00

Matinkylä-Olari

Kuutamon päiväkoti                             
Täysikuu 5
02210 Espoo
ma-su klo 5.30-22

Tapiola

Silkkiniityn päiväkoti                           
Opinkuja 1
02100 Espoo
ma-pe klo 6.30-22

English early childhood education

 

Espoon keskus

Hansan päiväkoti
Emil Halmeen tie 1
02780 Espoo
Puh. (09) 813 7174
hansa@hansakindergarten.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Honey Monsters -englanninkielinen kielikylpypäiväkoti.
- Tuomarilan toimipiste
Joupinpuisto 2
02760 Espoo
Puh. (09) 805 3355
tuomarila@honeymonsters.fi
Päiväkodin johtaja Iivi Kurki
Puh. (09) 805 3355
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Stepping Stones - Onnentupa Oy
Englanninkielinen kielikylpyryhmä
Vieraskuja 5
02770 Espoo
Puh. (09) 859 7405, 040 824 3184
welcome@steppingstones.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Espoonlahti

Kielipäiväkoti Merikatti
Kivenlahdenkatu 5 D
02320 Espoo
puh. 040 550 86 99
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Fountain Square Playschool
Eestinlaakso 14
02280 Espoo
Puh. (09) 256 3106
Johtaja Raija Ikäheimo
fountain.square@hsis.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Leppävaara

ICEC Kilo (The International Childcare & Education Centre Play´n Learn Oy)
Siuntiontie 3
02600 Espoo
Puh. 044 750 9190
Marja Kemppainen
puh. 044 750 9192
marja.kemppainen@icec.biz
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Albatross Daycare (Englanninkielinen)
- Kiskottajankuja 2 ja 4, 02660 Espoo
Albatross Bilingual Daycare
- Vallikatu 17 E, 02650 Espoo
Albatross Preschool Alberga
- Numersinkatu 1, 02600 Espoo

Eija Rolamo, puh. 040 7334485
eija.rolamo@albatrossdaycare.fi

Brian Crosby, puh. 040 0193394
brian.crosby@albatrossdaycare.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Espoon englanninkielinen leikkikoulu
Kilonpuiston toimipiste
Vanharaide 3 A
02610 Espoo
puh. 044 577 5356
Päiväkodin johtaja Riikka Rinne
Puh. 041 513 7773
eel@saunalahti.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)
- Karakallion toimipiste
Kalasääksentie 6
02620 Espoo
puh. 045 639 7437
Päiväkodin johtaja Riikka Rinne
Puh. 041 513 7773
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Matinkylä-Olari
Honey Monsters -englanninkielinen kielikylpypäiväkoti
- Olarin toimipiste

Avaruuskatu 1 E
02210 Espoo
Puh. (09) 859 6535
olari@honeymonsters.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Touhula Tikasmäki
Tikasmäentie 2
02250 Espoo
Puh. 046 923 0222
Daliah Javne
daliah.javne@touhula.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

KiddiFeet
englannin- ja suomenkielinen päiväkoti 
Likusterinkatu 1
02250 Espoo
Puh. 046 578 3784
Michael Hutchinson
manager@kiddifeet.eu
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Happy Toddlers
Nokkalanpuisto 2
02230 Espoo
Puh. (09) 863 0807
info@happytoddlers.com
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Carousel Nursery School
- Olarin toimipiste
Ellipsipolku 4
02210 Espoo
puh. 040-689 6832
info@carouselnursery.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

H/S International School Oy  
- Your School
Isoistentie 7
02200 Espoo
Puh. (09) 881 1748
Johtaja Sanna Tiitta 
your.school@hsis.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Tapiola

Pilke playschool Tapiola
children 1-6, preschool
Kaskenkaatajantie 5
02100 Espoo
Puh. 043 211 3321
amandine.makela@pilkepaivakodit.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Pilke playschool Westend
children 3-6, preschool
Ukkohauentie 13
02170 Espoo
Puh. 043 211 3602
cornelia.tuoriniemi@pilkepaivakodit.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Pilke playschool Mäntyviita
children 1-6,
Mäntyviita 6, 02110 Espoo
Puh. 043 211 3321
amandine.makela@pilkepaivakodit.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Touhula  Innopoli International
englanninkielinen, esiopetus
Tekniikantie 12 A
02150 Espoo
Puh. 040 145 1937
Päiväkodin johtaja Sirpa Lassila
sirpa.lassila@touhula.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Touhula Seaside International
englanninkielinen
Keilaranta 5
02150 Espoo
Puh. 040 145 1937
Päiväkodin johtaja Sirpa Lassila
sirpa.lassila@touhula.fi
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

The International Childcare & Education Centre Play ´n´ Learn Oy​
- Westendin toimipiste
englanninkielinen, esiopetus
- Kanervatie 6
02160 Espoo
puh. 050 351 5326
info@play-learn.com
Päiväkodin sivut(extrernal link)

Frequently asked Questions for a service voucher

How and with what application can I apply for a service voucher for early childhood education?

Answer: You can apply for a service voucher with the same application and in the same way as you would apply for a place in early childhood education. Under the application section “Preferred units”, select the service voucher unit to which you want to apply. The same application is your service voucher application. Decisions on service vouchers are made by early childhood education service counselling. Before making a decision, the staff will check that your child’s municipality of residence is Espoo.

 

Can I apply to several service voucher day care centres?

Answer: Guardians can select 1–3 preferred day care centres in their application. The preferred units can be service voucher and/or municipal day care centres. The service counselling team will make a decision based on the guardian’s wishes if there are places available in the preferred day care centre.

 

Do I need to select a municipal day care centre as a preferred unit?

Answer: Guardians can select 1–3 preferred day care centres in their application. The preferred units can be service voucher and/or municipal day care centres. You do not need to select a municipal day care centre.

 

I am unable to submit a service voucher application as I have already applied for a place in municipal early childhood education for my child. What should I do?

Answer: You can edit your existing application and add or remove preferred units.

 

Can a child attend part-time early childhood education with a service voucher?

Answer: A child can attend part-time early childhood education at a municipal or service voucher day care centre.

 

Can a service voucher be granted if we also receive child home care allowance or private day care allowance?

Answer: The service voucher is equivalent to early childhood education organised by a municipality under section 5 of the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care. For this reason, a family cannot have a service voucher while receiving child home care allowance or private day care allowance.

 

How do I accept a service voucher decision on the eVaka service?

Answer: You will be informed of a decision through the Suomi.fi service if you have activated the service. The decision will be sent to the guardian who submitted the application. If the guardian has not activated the Suomi.fi service, the decision will be sent to their home address by post.

 

You can accept the service voucher decision through eVaka or by returning the form sent with the decision to the day care centre. This is how you will confirm a place for your child at the day care centre, and a decision will then be made on the value of the service voucher.

 

What is the value of a service voucher? How much will our family pay?

Answer: The service voucher for early childhood education is income-based, as are the client fees for early childhood education. Your family’s child-specific out-of-pocket cost depends on the size and gross income of your family and on the weekly hours of early childhood education specified in the service agreement between your family and the day care centre. The sibling discount that is used in municipal early childhood education also applies to the service voucher. These factors are taken into consideration when calculating the out-of-pocket amount to be paid by your family. The out-of-pocket amount corresponds to the client fee for municipal early childhood education. The out-of-pocket amount is EUR 0–288 per month. In addition, the service voucher unit may charge an additional fee (max. EUR 50 per child per month).

More information

 

How and when will I receive a decision on the value of my child’s service voucher?

Answer: You will be informed of a decision through the Suomi.fi service if you have activated the service. The decision will be sent to the guardian who submitted the application. If the guardian has not activated the Suomi.fi service, the decision will be sent to their home address by post.

 

The decision on the value of a service voucher is made within approximately one month of the start of early childhood education. The decision will show the amount to be paid by your family, i.e. the out-of-pocket amount. In addition, the service voucher unit may charge an additional fee (max. EUR 50 per child per month).

 

What should I do if I want to change my child’s early childhood education unit?

Answer: If you as a guardian wish to move your child to a different early childhood education unit, for example a municipal day care centre, you will need to submit a new application. This application is known as a transfer application. Places are assigned in line with the guidelines of the Finnish Education and Early Education Committee (17 February 2011). Transfer applications are valid for one year.

You will need to terminate your client relationship with the current service voucher day care centre in writing, but not until you have received a decision on your child’s new early childhood education unit. Please also take account of the notice period stated in the agreement that you have concluded with the service provider.

Where can I find more information on service voucher day care centres?

Answer: Further information on the approved service voucher day care centres is available on the City of Espoo website.

Service voucher information for families