Client fees charged for early childhood education and care

Lelukassakone. KUVA: OKMThe Act on Client Fees in Early Childhood Education and Care (1503/2016) lays down provisions on the client fees charged for early childhood education and care services provided by municipalities at early education centres and in family daycare. The Act does not apply to early childhood education and care provided by private service providers.

The client fees are determined on the basis of the size and income of the family and the number of hours that a child participates in early childhood education and care. The maximum fee for the first child is EUR 289 per month and the minimum EUR 27. If there is more than one child in a family, the fee for the family's second child is at most 50% of the fee for the family’s youngest child, i.e. a maximum of EUR 145 per month. The fee for the family's next children is 20% of the fee charged for the youngest child.

The amount of the client fee is determined on the basis of the taxable earned income and capital income as well as tax-exempt income of the child, the child's parent or other guardian, and the married spouse or domestic partner of the parent or guardian living in the same household with the parent or guardian.

If a child participates in early childhood education and care at most 20 hours of per week, the monthly fee is at most 60% of the full-time fee. When a child participates in early childhood education and care for an average of at least 35 hours per week, the full-time fee may be charged. When a child participates in early childhood education and care for more than 20 hours but less than 35 hours per week, the municipality will charge a fee that is in proportion to the time the child spends in early childhood education and care.

Index adjustments to client fees and income limits on 1 August 2020

The Act on Client Fees in Early Childhood Education and Care lays down provisions on index adjustments to client fees and income limits. The adjustments are carried out every two years. Following the index adjustment, as of the beginning of August 2020 the maximum fee charged for early childhood education and care will be EUR 288 per month and the minimum fee will be EUR 27. If there is more than one child in a family, the fee for the family's second child is at most 50% of the fee for the family’s youngest child, i.e. a maximum of EUR 144 per month. The fee for the family's next children is 20% of the fee charged for the youngest child.

Income limits and payment rates    

Number of people in family Income limit on 1.8.2018 EUR/month Payment rate 1.8.2018 Income limit on 1.8.2020 EUR/month Payment rate 1.8.2020
2 2 102 10,7 % 2 136 10,7 %
3 2 713 10,7 % 2 756 10,7 %
4 3 080 10,7 % 3 129 10,7 %
5 3 447 10,7 % 3 502 10,7 %
6 3 813 10,7 % 3 874 10,7 %

If there are more than six people in a family, the income limit for every subsequent child will be increased by EUR 142 (from 1 August 2018) and by EUR 144 (from 1 August 2020). 

Maximum fees

  Current fee, EUR New fee from 1.8.2020, EUR
Maximum fee 289 288
Maximum fee for second child 145 144
Minumun fee charged per child 27 27

 

Contact information

Tarja Kahiluoto, opetusneuvos 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Varhaiskasvatuksen, perusopetuksen ja vapaan sivistystyön osasto ( VAPOS ), Koulutuksen ja kasvatuksen vastuualue 0295330386  


Hanna Salokaarto, Senior Specialist 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Varhaiskasvatuksen, perusopetuksen ja vapaan sivistystyön osasto ( VAPOS ), Strategic Steering Division 0295330231