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Early childhood education and care opening exceptions during the autumn, Christmas and winter holidays

The most common holiday periods bring changes to the opening hours of early childhood education and care. During the autumn holiday week, during Christmas, during   the winter holiday week, municipal daycare centres are open so that groups and kindergartens close to each other can combine their activities. In family day care, operations have been reduced due to nurses' holidays. Private service providers inform their customer families about their unit's opening hours exemptions.

You can already report your child's holidays and absences on the e-services website at: https://www.ouka.fi/ph-asiointi


Autumn holiday 25.10 – 30.10.2021 (week 43)

As a rule, daycare centres are open, but groups and kindergartens close to each other can combine their activities.

Report your child's absences electronically https://www.ouka.fi/ph-asiointi as soon as possible,  by 20 September 2021 at the latest. Kindergartens need information on the number of children present for staff resourcing.
 

Christmas time 24.12. – 2.1.2022

During Christmas, kindergartens close to each other can combine their activities during weeks 52 and 1. 24-hour early childhood education and care is centralised in Varpula, Ainola. All units are closed from 24 to 26 December 2021.

Open units in the regions during week 52:

Northern Territory: Länsituuli (extended opening hours Mon-Sun 5.15-22.30), Kuivasranta (extended opening hours Mon-Sun)

Eastern Region: Soittajankangas, Talvikangas, Välikylä (extended opening hours Mon-Sun 5.00-23.00), Honkimaa, Vekara-aho, Muurahainen, Vesala

Southern Region: Pitkäkangas, Kuovit (extended opening hours Mon-Sun 5.30-22.30), Sarasuo, Kuukkeli, Savotta-aukio, Maikkula, Merikotka

Central region: Kisakenttä, Ainola´s Varpula (24-hour service), Värttö (extended opening hours Mon-Sun 5.30-22.30)

Winter holiday 7.3. – 13.3.2022 (week 10)

As a rule, daycare centres are open, but groups and kindergartens close to each other can combine their activities.

Operating times for pre-primary and open early childhood education and care autumn 2021  – spring 2022

  • autumn term 16.8. – 22.12.2021
  • spring term 10.1. – 31.5.2022

Holidays when pre-primary and open early childhood education and care are not organised

  • autumn holiday 25.10. – 30.10.2021 (week 43)
  • Independence Day 6.12.2021
  • Christmas vacation 23.12.2021 – 9.1.2022
  • winter vacation 7.3. – 14.3.2022 (vko 10)
  • Easter 15.4.-18.4.2022
  • Ascension 26.5.2022
  • Friday after Ascension Day 27.5.2022

Impact of opening hours exemptions on customer fees during autumn, Christmas and winter holidays

If the child is out of early childhood education and care during the autumn, Christmas or winter holidays, holiday periods/absences will not be refunded in customer fees. If a child in free pre-primary education needs early childhood education and care during pre-primary education holidays, a temporary care contract is concluded with the head of the daycare centre and a fixed daily fee is charged for the child (full-time 17,30 € and a day of less than five (5) hours 10,40 €).

If a child in pre-primary and early childhood education (full-time care) needs full-time early childhood education and care during the autumn, Christmas or winter holidays, a fee will be charged for the reserved days in accordance with the need for the service.

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