Youth centres are spaces for children and teens with activities geared towards 9–18-year-olds. In these centres you can meet other young people, play games and take part in shared activities. You can also pursue your own ideas. Alcohol or drugs are not allowed at youth centres. The centres are supervised by trained youth workers.
In order to participate in the activities you will need a youth card. The card is free of charge and you can get one from any youth centre.
Basic education refers to the general education for children between 7 and 16 years of age. It consists of year levels 1–9. Basic education is free of charge and aims to prepare and qualify students for secondary education. Further goals and the contents of basic education are defined in the curriculum.
In Turku, basic education is available in Finnish, Swedish and English in city-owned schools. In addition to the schools owned by the City of Turku, there are privately owned schools in the area.
A student’s home address determines which school they will attend.
The Patient Ombudsman provides information about the patient’s rights and acts to promote them. The task of the Patient Ombudsman is to counsel and help the patient as necessary if the patient is unsatisfied with the care and treatment received.
The Patient Ombudsman helps the patient to resolve his or her problem at the place of care. The officer also counsels and helps the patient to make a reprimand, complaint or a notice of patient injury to the Patient Insurance Centre.
Social workers at social welfare offices review the client's use of intoxicants and encourage him or her to become drug-free. In addition, they guide clients with substance abuse problems to take advantage of available substance abuse care services, and participate in the selection of a treatment facility, if necessary. Outpatient and therapeutic services are of primary importance to a person with substance abuse problems. Clients are referred to detoxification or withdrawal treatment, as needed.
On weekdays, your local health station functions as your primary place of care in all cases of illness.
- The health stations are open Mon–Fri 8–16
- Telephone line for appointment booking (02) 266 1130 is open Mon-Fri 8–14.00
On the phone, a nurse assesses your need for treatment and books an appointment.
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.
There are many different options for language education in Turku. For example, you can study languages as a part of your studies in degree-oriented learning institutions, alongside work as blended or distance learning, or as a hobby at the Finnish Adult Education Centre of Turku or the Swedish Adult Education Centre of Turku.
What can you study in Turku?
Parents always have the responsibility to teach their child to move safely in traffic. The way to school should be acquainted together with the child well beforehand.
School transportation is primarily provided with the City's public transportation bus card. The card can be loaded at the Public Transportation Service Office, Aurakatu 5.
• Supports the student’s everyday work at school, interaction, and ability to function
• evaluates the student’s circumstances by learning about the student’s school attendance and life situation at individual, family and school community levels
• consults teachers and student welfare personnel
• co-operates closely and openly with parents
• works with classes and student groups
• participates in multidisciplinary student welfare work and networking
• participates in the development of school-specific student welfare as an expert of their own field
Morning and afternoon clubs are meant for first and second year students as well as for other students who are in special needs education.
The City of Turku’s Recreation Division participates in the creation of a multicultural Turku by means of different activities: plays at Turku City Theatre, concerts by Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, various events arranged in the Turku City Library and exhibitions at different museums.
The City of Turku’s Recreation Division's cultural services focuses especially on the consideration of the needs of ethnical minorities, different language groups as well as immigrants.
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.
The City of Turku maintains 21 fitness trails.
You can see the information of Turku City gyms listed below. In two of the gyms the services are produced by a sports club or a third sector operator. In the rest of the gyms by the Sports Services Centre.
With many professions and hobbies, the authorities require a certificate of attendance on certain, often safety-related, courses.
In the adult education centre you can find courses, for example, for the following certificates: security steward, hygiene passport, first aid, Hot Work and navigation.
Students are selected into the visual arts classes from all of Turku's school districts. Studies in the visual arts begin from third grade and continue throughout comprehensive school. The goals of art studies include:
The aim of the child custody is to secure the child's balanced development and welfare according to the child's individual needs, wishes and age.
Child custody should secure positive and close relationships for the child, especially between the child and his/her parents.
The custody and right of access agreements are confirmed by child welfare officers.
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.
Turku has four campgrounds for youth: Ahtela in Sauvo, Tippsund in Taivassalo, Vienola in Rymättylä and Nukkumajoki in Inari.
Affordable areas with cabins, available for rent for:
- youth organizations
- private persons
- trip and camp activities of the city
The campgrounds are ideal for larger groups and events, but they are also suited for small groups. The campgrounds can also be rented just for day use.
The aim of the physical education class is to
- increase the possibilities to offer positive experiences to students interested and gifted in sports
- develop the students' basic skills
- introduce the students to different forms of exercise and different sports in cooperation with sport federations and local clubs
Apart from the Main Library, Turku has 10 branch libraries, one service point in the Skanssi shopping centre, and two mobile libraries. Aunela, Hirvensalo, Ilpoinen, Nummi, Paattinen, Vasaramäki and Yli-Maaria libraries are self-service libraries that may be used independently with a library card and the attached pincode. These can be obtained at any Vaski library.
At the Child Welfare Clinic, we follow the development of your child from infancy to the start of school. We help your family address questions about child development, upbringing and care as well as relationship issues and difficult life situations. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Clinic visits are arranged as nurse’s and doctor’s appointments and as group clinic meetings. We assist you and your family by working in cooperation with oral health care and early childhood education staff and, if necessary, with our other partners as well.
Orthopedic rehabilitation unit offers demanding rehabilitation services for the elderly patients of Turku. Rehabilitation to home or to a place of further treatment is carried out with medical treatment and research, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitaing treatment and activation therapy.
The unit rehabilitates orthopedic patients (patients with fractures, artificial joints) and patients who need help in regaining and improving their functionality.
Patients enter the orthopedic rehabilitation unit with a doctor's referral after a surgical procedure.
Turku Vocational Institute prepares students for careers in 40 different professions. We offer vocational education to students of all ages. With us, you can pursue a basic vocational degree, a vocational qualification or a specialist vocational qualification.
Vocational education is a gateway into both a professional career and further studies. Our education is meant for anyone willing to pursue a vocational degree, further their expertise or career, change fields or find a job. Due to the continuous application period, you can apply throughout the year.