The city of Turku offers multicultural early childhood education, which means that all children are taken into account equally and fairly regardless of age, gender or colour. In day-care services, the aim is to provide children belonging to cultural minorities with the opportunity to grow up in a multicultural society so that they can become a part of both their own cultural environment and Finnish society.
In emergency situations call 112 and act according to instructions given on the phone.
The City of Turku has taken a voluntary group accident insurance that covers children at day care. An accident is a sudden and unexpected incident that causes an external bodily injury. The day care unit reports the accidents immediately to the insurance company.
Turku offers day care, preschool education and playschool activities for children under school age. After parental leave the child can stay at home care or go to municipal or private day care.
A family can get home care allowance if they have a child under 3 years old who is not in municipal day care. The family gets allowance also for their other children who are under school age if their care is organized similarly.
The preconditions for receiving private day care allowance are that the child is under school age and is in private day care instead of municipal day care.
The following are considered as private day care providers:
- A private day care center
- A childminder in group family day care
- A private childminder
- A nanny who is hired by a family to work at their home
You can receive private day care allowance until the end of July of the year your child starts school.
Group family day care is suitable for children aged 1–5 years. In group family day care two childminders look after a maximum of eight children.
Private childminders in the City of Turku are monitored by the municipality. To apply for family day care and group family day care operating with private day care allowance, please contact the place of care directly.
Also a nanny who is hired by a family to look after their child at their home is considered to provide private day care. The nanny can be a grandparent, for example, but not a member of the same household.
Multicultural early childhood education supports the growth of children with immigrant backgrounds into members of two cultures and the Finnish society. Early childhood education supports the integration process of the entire family. Multicultural and multiform early childhood education strengthens the growth of all children in the group to understand parity and respect differences, as the children have the possibility to get to know different cultures, their customs and habits under the guidance of an adult.
In the City of Turku there are private day care centres, group family day care homes and private childminders which are all monitored by the municipality. Contact the day care provider directly to apply for a place.
For private day care allowance and municipal supplement please contact the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela).
There are municipal and private day care centres in the City of Turku. There is also private family day care which is monitored by the municipality.
Information about municipal day care centres can be found on the bottom of the page, or they can be browsed by district.
The dates and times of congregations’ free-of-charge activities for children vary. The joint activities of congregations and early childhood education include a small moment of prayer for families.
Playschools, family club activities, open day care, and guided playground activities are alternatives for kindergartens and other full-time day care in cases when the guardian stays at home.
Participating in open early childhood education activities does not affect the benefits of Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland).
Services offered by the city
Services offered by the City of Turku are indoor and outdoor playschools (where the instructors are kindergarten teachers), guided playground activities, and family club activities in open day care.
Municipal Day Care
When the child is granted a place in day care, the family is asked to submit an income statement either through the electronic service or by mail. If, however, the family is willing to pay the maximum fee, no income statement is needed. An entrepreneur is asked to submit a form for entrepreneurs in addition to the income statement.
With the day care application form you can apply for a place in municipal day care, municipal family or three-family day care, or a service voucher for private day care. You should apply for a place at least four months before the beginning of your need for child day care. If you need a day care place because of sudden employment, training or studies, you should apply at least two weeks before the beginning of your need.
The outdoor day care centre group started in 2014 and has been very popular ever since – there is a waiting list for children who wish to have a pl