Daycare - City of Oulu - Oulun kaupunki



During the summer period municipal day care centres that are located close to one another will integrate their services. Pre-school education and open early childhood education clubs will not pe organized during summer. In family day care the service is limited because of the caregivers holidays. Private service providers will notify their client famielies of any excetions in their opening hours.

Summer on-call day care services 26 June - 31 July 2017

During the on-call service period the day care services are offered only to those in real neet, i.e. the children whose parents are working or studying full-time during the summer period.

On-call day care centres:

  • Northern Oulu: Ritaharju (longer opening hours Mon-Sun), Jatulintarha (longer opening hours Mon-Sun)
  • Eastern Oulu: Pikku-Vesainen (longer opening hours Mon-Sun) Muurahainen (longer opening hours Mon-Sun), Kiiminkijoki (longer opening hours Mon-Sun) Haapalehto (longer opening hours)
  • Southern Oulu: Kuukkeli, Pitkäkangas - longer openin hours available
  • Middle Oulu: Merikoski, Värttö (longer openin hours Mon-Sun), Lassi (24 hour care)


Daycare services support the growth and well-being of children under school age and their families.

You can apply for a daycare place for children under school age. If both parents either work or study, the city tries to place the child in daycare. Full-time care, part-time care, free pre-school instruction and guided child education places are available.

Before attending a daycare centre, children must have a check-up in their own regional child clinic.

A multicultural child in multicultural daycare

English immersion is available at the Tuulikello and Allinpuisto daycare centres. There are also English, Swedish and German private daycare centres in Oulu.

If you want to place your child in a municipal daycare centre, you should contact the Day care service coordination team  tel. 08 558 45300, e-mail: educare(at)

A part-time place in daycare can be arranged for children five to six years of age who do not speak Finnish. The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) arranges an English club for children.

Afternoon care for schoolchildren

Youth Services coordinates afternoon activities in Oulu. Read more:  Afternoon care


Sijainti kartalla: Daycare places

Further information

The day care service coordination team is happy to help you in all daycare-related matters. Tel. 08 558 45300, educare(at)

National Curriculum Guidelines on ECEC in Finland (pdf)

Grunderna för planen för småbarnsfostran (pdf)

Early childhood education and care: