You can sign your child up for preschool during the period of 9 January to 22 January 2023.
You will need to fill in an electronic application on eVaka.
You can see the daycare centres in your local area offering pre-primary education in eVaka. You can make a request for a place in the child's preschool education. If you can't see the daycare centres in the menu, check that you have set the desired start date of 14.8.2023 or later.
The child will be assigned a place in pre-primary education in their own local area according to the official place of residence entered in the population register. The place of immediate preschool education is not necessarily the nearest kindergarten or school with a preschool group. The wishes of the guardians are taken into account as far as possible. A daycare centre to which the municipality must arrange transport is not designated as a place of pre-primary education, if there is a daycare centre in the area for which there is no obligation to organise transport.
You can also apply for a preschool place in pre-primary education other that your local area. In that case you can make a new application in the secondary signing after you have received a decision of the primary preschool place. In this case write down your wishes and justifications in the application for a secondary preschool place. The secondary places will be granted if possible.
Early childhood education and care related to pre-primary education
In daycare centres offering pre-primary education, early childhood education and care is arranged in the morning before the start of pre-primary education and in the afternoons after pre-primary education. In addition to pre-primary education, children have the right to supplementary early childhood education and care until the start of compulsory education. Early childhood education and care is subject to a fee. The fee is 60% of the fee for full-time early childhood education. If a child of preschool age needs full-time early childhood education in the summer, the fee is charged for the whole days.
You can apply for early childhood education and care related to pre-primary education using the same online application form as for a place in pre-primary education.
Decision on the place of preschool education
You will receive a decision on your child's preschool place by the end of March electronically in the Suomi.fi service. If you have not created an account in the Suomi.fi service, the decision will come home as a letter.
For example, if a child has a need for evening, weekend, shift care or special support, a preschool place can also be assigned from a preschool unit other than the home address.
A place in pre-primary education granted to a child in connection with or in the vicinity of a particular school does not yet guarantee a place in that school.