Daycare is available in Finland for small children in daycare centres and family daycare. Children aged six can attend preschool teaching, which is arranged in daycare centres and comprehensive schools. Comprehensive school usually starts in the year when children turn seven. After comprehensive school, pupils go to upper secondary school. From there they can continue to vocational or high schools.
Daycares and schools have both public and private providers. Public daycare providers generally have lower costs, while fees for private providers are higher. Applying for a place for the child well in advance is recommended.
Degree studies are provided by high schools, vocational institutes, universities and universities of applied sciences. Degree studies require an application procedure.
Many options for non-degree studies are available. Providers of these studies include Open Universities or Open Universities of Applied Sciences, Summer Universities, and Adult Education Centres. Studies are usually subject to a fee. Finnish language courses are offered by a range of providers.
Education in Helsinki (InfoFinland.fi)
Daycare services in Helsinki (City of Helsinki, hel.fi)