Early childhood education (daycare)



Early childhood education services (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.

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)ouka.fi

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


Exceptions to the opening hours during autumn 2019 – summer 2020

Early childhood education

exceptions to the opening hours during

autumn 2019 summer 2020


The main vacation times affect the opening hours of early childhood education. During the autumn break, the winter and summer holidays, and at Christmasmunicipal daycare centres located close to each other combine their services and groups. In family daycare, services are reduced due to personnel´s holidays. Private service providers inform their customers on their opening hours. Child´s absence from daycare during these times does not affect the daycare charges.


You can already announce your children´s holidays (in Finnish): Sähköinen asiointi


Autumn break 21.10. 27.10.2019 (wk. 43)

Daycare centres are mainly open but groups and daycare centres close to each other may combine their services. 


Christmas holiday 23.12.2019 6.1.2020


Daycare centres are mainly closed and daycare is offered as a centralised service in each area in the following daycare units.


Northern area: Länsituuli (extended opening hours Mon.Sun.) and Kuivasranta (extended opening hours Mon.Fri.)


Eastern area: Hiukkavaara´s Taikapolku, Välikylä (extended opening hours Mon. - Sun.), Pikku-Vesainen, Yli-Kiiminki (extended opening hours Mon. - Sun.) and Muurahainen (extended opening hours Mon.Fri.)


Southern area: Pitkäkangas, Merikotka, Knuutilankangas, Maikkula and Kuukkeli (extended opening hours). In Kuukkeli, groups with extended opening hours are open even on and all weekdays 27.12.20196.1.2020. Kuukkeli is closed on


Central area: Kisakenttä and Ainola (Ainola´s Varpula 24-hour service).


All extended opening hours and 24-hour service daycare centres are closed


Winter holidays 2.3. 8.3.2020 (wk. 10)


Daycare centres are mainly open, but groups and daycare centres close to each other may combine their activities.


Summer on-call 29.6. 2.8.2020


Summer on-call is offered as a centralized service in so called on-call daycare units. During these times, daycare services are offered for only those who really need them, i.e. for children whose parent(s) work or study during on-call times.


Preschool education and open early childhood education

autumn 2019 spring 2020


  • Autumn term 12.8.  20.12.2019
  • Spring term 7.1.  29.5.2020

Holidays (no education)


  • Autumn break 21. 27.10.2019 (week 43)
  • Independence Day 6.12.2019
  • Christmas break 21.12.2019  6.1.2020
  • Winter holidays 2.  8.3.2020 (week 10)
  • Easter 10.4.  13.4.2020
  • May Day 1.5.2020
  • Ascension Day 21.5.2020
  • Day after Ascencion Day 22.5.2020



Best wishes,       
Director of Early Childhood Education
Ulla Rissanen

For more information, please contact your child's daycare centre.

Sijainti kartalla: Daycare places

Further information

The daycare service coordination team is happy to help you in all daycare-related matters.

Tel. 08 558 45300, educare(at)ouka.fi

Early childhood education and care (Finnish National Agency for Education)

Link to this page www.ouka.fi/daycare