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Early childhood education and care

All children under school age have the right to early childhood education and care (ECEC) in earlychildhood education and care centres, in family daycare, or as part of play and club activities. Local authorities are responsible for ensuring that early childhood education and care is provided based on the needs of children and families. The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for the overall planning, steering and supervision of early childhood education and care, as well as for drafting the necessary legislation.