Helsinki - Post Report Question and Answers

Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

The International School of Helsinki has preschool options that cost about $15,000/year. Local preschool options are highly subsidized and could cost embassy families as little as a few hundred dollars a month. These options are in Finnish, but several embassy families are happy with them. ISH has some after-school extracurricular activities but no consistent before or after-school care. - Oct 2021


Helsinki has several private preschools that serve children up to the official school age of 7. Some preschools take children as early as age 2, but most only accept children beginning at age 3. Helsinki city day-cares (päiväkodit) take children from age 1, but parents must qualify, usually by proving that both parents work full-time, and pay the necessary taxes. - Oct 2018


Expensive. - Jul 2012


Local daycare is government subsidized and very good...although it is in Finnish. Private daycare in English is available for 25 Euro for 4 hours a day. - Jan 2011


There are English-speaking preschools available. - May 2010


There are many daycares and preschools available and they are good. Nannies or babysitters, however, are extremely expensive (10 euros/hour) - Mar 2008


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