Daycare - City of Oulu - Oulun kaupunki


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


Christmas time 24.12.2017 - 7.1.2018

Daycare centers have reduced hours of operation during the Christmas time
24.12.2017 – 7.1.2018

  • Preschool is not arranged. The fee will be charged  if the family uses the day care service during Christmas time.
  • Open early childhood education classes are not arranged.

24.12. – 26.12.2017

  • Daycare centers are closed. 

27.12. – 31.12.2017

  • The majority of daycare centers are closed, but there are one or two on call daycare centres in every area:
    Northern area: Rajakylä, Länsituuli
    Southern area: Kuukkeli, Maikkula, Pitkäkangas, Kuovit
    Eastern area: Haapalehto, Välikylä, Pikku-Vesainen, Kirkonkylän “ryhmis”
    Middle area: Merikoski, Ainola/Varpula

Specific instructions for your child’s care may be obtained from your own daycare/ family daycare instructor.
Child´s absence from daycare during these times does not affect daycare charges.

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: