In Turku, children attend one year of preschool education before their compulsory education starts.
• Preschool education groups operate both in day care centres and schools.
• There is four hours of preschool education per day between 8 and 13.
• The preschool education follows the preschool curriculum of the City of Turku.
• The contact information given is for the day care centre itself even if it is located within a school’s facilities.
• You will find the contact information for the day care centres in the “Units” section.
Special day care is for children with impaired possibilities for development, growth and learning. Discovering the child’s need for support at an early stage will contribute favourably to the child’s growth.
The supporting measures are usually organized in the child’s own day care centre or family day care. A child’s rehabilitation plan will be made for the child together with parents, day care personnel and other professionals. The day care personnel are responsible for compiling and implementing the plan.
Types of special group arrangements:
There are various options for children’s day care in Turku:
• municipal day care and family day care
• private day care, family day care and group family day care
You can apply for a place for your child in day care using our electronic service. Please send your application at least four months before your child is due to start day care.
Family day care is organized at the childminder’s home.
In three-family day care 1–4 families form a circle. The children and the municipal childminder stay at each family’s home in turn. The family purchases and prepares the meals for the day, and the city in turn compensates for this. If needed, the city can borrow necessary equipment, for example a twin stroller.
The maximum size of a group for both forms of day care is four children, including the childminder’s own children.
Playschool and outdoor playschool activities are intended for children aged 3–5 years. The options are outdoor playschool, which lets the child experience nature and physical exercise, and indoor playschool. Activities are organized and target at supporting the growth and development of the child. One playschool teacher organizes the activities but there may also be other staff members participating if needed.
Activities for children aged 1.5–6 are organized at playgrounds on weekdays between 9.00 and 12.30.
To let your child play safely outdoors together with other children supervised by the playground attendants, please enroll by contacting the day care workers of the playground directly. Also please note that there will be no playground activities if temperature is -12 degrees Celsius or below.