Client fees charged for early childhood education and care

Toy.The 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 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 are made every two years to client fees and to income thresholds governed by the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care. The next index adjustment will be prepared in autumn 2021 and will enter into force in August 2022.

Client fees for early childhood education and care as of 1 August 2021

Following an amendment to the Act on Client Fees in Early Childhood Education and Care (1052/2020), client fees for early childhood education will be reduced on 1 August 2021 by raising the income thresholds on which the fees are based by 31%. In addition, the fees charged for the second sibling will be lowered to 40% (instead of the earlier 50%) of the imputed full-time early childhood education and care fee for the youngest child. The fee for the family's successive siblings is 20% of the fee charged for the youngest child.
 

  

Income thresholds and payment percentages as of 1 August 2021

Number of people in family Income  threshold 
1 August 2021
EUR /month
Payment percentage
1 August 2021
2 2,798 10,7 %
3 3,610 10,7 %
4 4,099 10,7 %
5 4,588 10,7 %
6 5,075 10,7 %

The income thresholds for families with more than six family members is raised by EUR 189 for each successive child.

Maximum fees

  Fee in euros as of 1 August 2021
Maximum fee 288
Maximum fee for second child 115
Minumun fee charged per child 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