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 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.

As of the beginning of August 2018, following an index adjustment made under the Act, the maximum fee charged for early childhood education and care is now EUR 289 and the minimum fee charged is EUR 27. If there is more than one child in a family, the fee for the family's second youngest child is at most 50% of the fee for the family’s youngest child, i.e. a maximum of EUR 145. The fee for the family's next children is 20% of the fee charged for the youngest child.

If a child participates in at most 20 hours of early childhood education and care 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 shall charge a fee that is in proportion to the time the child spends in early childhood education and care.

 

Contact information

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


Kirsi Alila, opetusneuvos 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Varhaiskasvatuksen, perusopetuksen ja vapaan sivistystyön osasto ( VAPOS ), Koulutuksen ja kasvatuksen vastuualue 0295330365