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.
The client fee for all activity organised at 11.00 am–5.00 pm during the operating months of the Afternoon activity is 110 euros per month. For the activity organised at 11.00 am–3.00 pm, the fee is 92 euros per month. The fee covers instructed activities, materials, a snack, and an insurance. The fee is charged for each month that the child attends the Morning and Afternoon activities. For August, only half of the normal monthly fee is charged.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PÄIKKY
Why does my child’s picture appear in Päikky?
It is a security picture used for identification. Relying merely on the children’s names could cause a security risk in situations where the staff would not be able to recognise the children by their names only due to a short-term substitution or on-call duty time. The security picture is saved on a secured server owned by Abilita Oyj.
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.
Students who have difficulties in learning or school attendance have the right to get part-time remedial teaching alongside other teaching. Part-time remedial teaching is given to students who have, for example:
Students who have temporarily fallen behind in their studies or otherwise need short-term support in their learning have the right to get remedial teaching. Remedial teaching should be started immediately when the difficulties in learning or school attendance have been noticed, so that the students would not stay behind permanently in their studies. Remedial teaching can counteract difficulties beforehand. Remedial teaching should be organized according to a plan and as often as is necessary.
Characteristic to remedial teaching are individually planned
Parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing of the child. The school is responsible for the student’s teaching and upbringing as a member of the school community. The task of the school is to provide the parents or guardians with information so that they can follow and advance their child’s school attendance and learning. Co-operation between school and home is essential for the school work to succeed.
Flexible teaching arrangements means methods of working and doing that take into account the students’ individual learning and developmental needs. The primary aim is to support the students with their studying in their own learning environments in such a way that the objectives of the curriculum are met.
Organizing flexible teaching arrangements calls for:
- time reserved for collaborative planning
- applicability of the timetable
- commitment to the arrangements by the school teachers and management
Differentiation is based on knowledge about the student and is the starting point of all teaching. It applies to:
- extent and depth of studying
- rhythm and progress of studying
- students’ different ways of learning
Differentiation is based on the students’ needs and possibilities to:
Stress is familiar to many upper secondary school students. Stress means that there are challenging things happening in your life that are requiring your attention and activating your body for action. Your heart and blood circulation, lungs and respiratory system, muscles and nerves, as well as your brain are preparing for the incoming situation. Your body is preparing to act as well, fast and strongly as possible.
The well-being of the mind is an important part of health and coping. It is good to have accurate knowledge about learning and the comprehensive well-being of body and mind as they support upper secondary studies.
It may become necessary for you to contact the school psychologist, special needs teacher, school social worker or public health nurse. You can also ask a parent or guardian, group instructor, guidance counsellor or public health nurse to contact them for you.
The parent or guardian can apply for a right for their child to get to other than the local school of their student area. Applying for another school should be conducted through the Wilma system in the beginning of January at the latest.
Students residing in the student area of a school have a primary right to get to their local school before students applying from other student areas. If more students from other student areas apply to a school than can be taken in, the selection criterion will be the length of the student’s way to school.
The parent or guardian can apply for their child to get postponement in starting school.
Application forms are also available from schools and the Education Office.
The parent or guardian makes a written application and delivers it to the principal of the school. The application should include the psychologist’s report, and the medical report when necessary, about the grounds for postponement.
Most students who require postponement are guided to a Start-class.
The parent or guardian of a student can apply for a right for the child to start school one year early if, based on the psychological and medical (when necessary) reports, the child has the skills to manage school.
The parent or guardian makes a written application and delivers it to the principal of the school. The application should include the psychologist’s report and the medical report when necessary. The reports should be acquired from private service providers.
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.
According to the law on preschool education a municipality can acquire preschool education services from private service providers. The following service providers have agreed to providing preschool education services during 2015–2016.
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.
The menu changes weekly in municipal day care centres. The menu in family day care is based on the day care centre menu and the childminder prepares the meals.
Lunch is served for children in part-time care or preschool education.
The parents have to deliver a certificate from a doctor or dietician yearly about the special diet of the child.
In principle, the meals for allergic children do not differ from those in the normal menu, but the ingredients that cause allergic reactions have been removed.