A disabled child or a child with special educational needs has the right to get the interpretation and assistance services, other educational services and special aids he or she needs free of charge in order to participate in the education. (Section 31 of the Basic Education Act) The assistance services needed by the schools are decided upon a request from the schools each year.
On schooldays the student gets a warm meal between 10.00 and 12.00. The meal covers approximately one third of a person’s daily food requirements.
Arkea Ruokapalvelu sells snacks in secondary schools and in upper secondary schools when it is allowed. List of schools and information about snacks and payment options are available in Finnish.
A student will be offered a special diet if the reason is medical, religious or ethical.
The compensation is paid to the carer (relative or another close person). The amount of compensation will depend on the amount of support needed and its manageability. The application must be accompanied by a medical report. Upon receipt of the application and its attachments, the manager of informal care will contact the applicant and arrange a home visit. The care fee from support for informal care is taxable income. The agreement on informal care and the decision to grant support is made by the manager of informal care support.
This year’s New Year’s celebration at the Cathedral Square in Turku will be particularly joyous, as the event will also usher in the centenary of Finland’s independence. In addition to the traditional programme, the evening will also feature more entertaining elements. The audience will be taken on a 100-year journey through time and given a peak at the upcoming Finland 100 events.
Theatre music playschool
Theatre music playschool is a shared activity for kids and grown-ups that's all about doing things together, play and singing, playing and listening to music. Language: Finnish
Duration: 30–45 min.
2.50 € / child or one stamp on the Multipass
For all ages
Ticket sales: Adventure Park info
Fairy tale adventure
A play adventure within the Adventure Park area. Language: Finnish
The Adventure Park theatre stages a wide variety of high-quality performances aimed at children and families all year round. Ticket reservations can be made on the website. The theatre programme includes plays, circus and magic acts, dance and children's music concerts.
Theatre program (in Finnish)
The age recommendations are suggestive. Free admission for children under 1 year of age, except for performances aimed specifically at this age group.
The Adventure Park area is always open and free of charge. The park has a large number of swings, climbing structures and other playground equipment, which can also be used outside normal park hours.
Adventure Park is located on the outer edge of the expansive Kupittaa Park, close to the Kupittaa railway station. It is roughly two kilometres from the Market Square.
Located on the edge of Kupittaa Park, Adventure Park is an activity centre for children and families alike. Adventure Park is part of the national network of children's culture centres . Since its opening in 1982, Adventure Park has served as a provider of children's culture. Regularly changing theatre performances, participative events and workshop activities are the cornerstones of Adventure Park operations. Adventure Park is part of City of Turku Youth Services.
Children and Adolescents' Outpatient Clinic provides specialist level examinations and care for patients who are under 20 years old and reside in Turku.
When your child becomes ill, primarily contact your local health station or a private clinic where a doctor assesses the situation and, if needed, writes a referral to follow-up treatment, for example, to Children and Adolescents’ Outpatient Clinic.
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 30, 20700 Turku
Booking an appointment:
Tel. +358 (0)2 266 1155, Mon-Thu 8.00–16.00 and Fri 8.00–14.00
A school bus card is granted in the following cases:
- The distance between the home of a student in years 1–9 and the nearest local school is over 5km.
- The distance between the home of a 10th year student resident in Turku and the nearest local school is over 5km.
The distance between home and school is measured from the yard of the student’s home to the yard of the school via the shortest road that is suitable for pedestrians and is in public use.
What is a fee decision (“maksupäätös”)?
Day care fees are determined according to size of the family, income, and the length of the day spent in day care, as agreed upon in the care agreement. The fee decision is a notification about the amount of the child’s day care fee; it is not an invoice. The fee decision will be mailed to your home before the actual invoice, and the invoice will be mailed to your home later as per the fee decision.
The parents can make an agreement about the guardianship, residence, and visiting rights of the child. A Child Welfare Officer can verify the agreement between parents in case the parents agree with the contents of the agreement and if the agreement is in the best interests of the child.
The parents can agree on:
When the parents live separately, the child has a right to be in contact with and visit the parent he/she does not live with. Both parents are responsible for ensuring the visiting rights of the child. Whether the parent is the child’s guardian or not does not affect the child’s right to visit the parent. Visiting rights can only be confirmed between a child and a parent.
In addition to normal weekly routines, the visiting agreement can include holidays and vacations.
When parents live separated, they must decide which one of the parents the child is going to live with. The wish and opinion of the child are important, but the decision must not be left to the child.
When considering the residence of the child it is important to take into account how the living and other matters that belong to the everyday life of the child would best work out. From the point of view of the child the important matters are how day care and school can best be organized and how the child can preserve his/her important relationships.
If the parents of the child are married with each other, they are both guardians of the child. If the parents are not married with each other when the child is born, the mother is the sole guardian of the child. Guardianship of a child entails managing the child's affairs and making decisions concerning the child. The guardian is also entitled to get information about matters concerning the child from various officials and looks after the child’s financial matters.
Guardianship of a child means the managing of the child's personal affairs. The guardian has a right to decide about the child’s maintenance, upbringing, and place of residence. The guardian is entitled to receive information about matters concerning the child from various officials, and the guardian also represents the child. The guardian also looks after the child’s financial matters.
The amount of child maintenance support can be changed, if the conditions have substantially changed after the verification of the maintenance support and the change in the maintenance support can be considered reasonable for the parent paying the maintenance support.
Changes can be made to a previously verified maintenance support either with a new mutual agreement between the parents or a by court’s decision.
Child maintenance support is a money payment with which a parent participates in the costs of child maintenance. Parents can agree on the maintenance support between the two of them or together with a child welfare officer. A mutual agreement between parents is not enforceable i.e. distrainable. Also, it does not entitle to child maintenance allowance from Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland), and the parent with the maintenance obligation cannot deduct it in his/her taxation.
A child welfare officer can verify the agreement if the parents agree with its contents.
New city plans result in the formation of new single-family sites, which are assigned to customers based on application and competitive bidding rounds. The time of assignment is dependent on several factors, including the planning situation of the area and the construction schedule of municipal infrastructure. Sometimes sites are also included in an application or competitive bidding round as a result of cancelled assignments.
The first place to seek help for mental health related matters is a health station. Common problems related to mental health are, for example, prolonged stress, sleeping disorders, depression, anxiety, and panic symptoms. You should not delay seeking help because early support can prevent the development of serious problems. Mental health services are given also in Mother and Child Welfare Clinics, School Health Care, Social Services, and Home Care for the Elderly.
There are 150 playgrounds in the parks of Turku. The playgrounds are maintained and the condition of the playground equipment is being followed regularly. Some playgrounds offer instructed activities for children.
The city does its best to make the playgrounds safe and stimulating environments the whole family can enjoy.
The playgrounds are inspected approximately once every three months. The inspection includes checking the safety and condition of the playground equipment. The basis of the standards concerning playground equipment is to prevent accidents and damages.
Turun puistoissa on 150 leikkipaikkaa. Leikkialueita hoidetaan ja leikkivälineiden kuntoa seurataan säännöllisesti. Osassa leikkipaikoista on ohjattua puistotoimintaa lapsille.
Leikkipuistoista pyritään luomaan turvallisia ja virikkeellisiä leikkialueita, joissa koko perhe viihtyy.
Leikkipaikoille tehdään tarkastuksia noin kolmen kuukauden välein. Tarkastuksissa tarkastellaan muun muassa leikkivälineiden, kalusteiden ja turva-alustoiden kunto ja turvallisuus. Leikkivälineitä koskevien standardien lähtökohtana on ennaltaehkäistä vahinkojen ja havereiden syntyminen.