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Daycare and Education Guidance

5International House Helsinki’s daycare and education guidance service helps families moving to and living in Helsinki with queries about daycare, pre-primary and basic education services, and playground and club activities.

People using the service can ask for advice about application processes and receive consultation on different daycare and school options in the capital region. Service is available in Finnish and English.

Guide to early childhood education & care in Helsinki

Options for basic education in Helsinki


You can contact our Daycare and education guidance service by phone or my email. You can book an appointment or call our service on Tuesdays  8.00–10.00 and on Thursdays 14.00–16.00.

By phone: +358 40 677 2528 

By email:


You can find information about daycare, pre-primary education and different early childhood education options on the City of Helsinki’ website.

We recommend reading the guide for international families which introduces the options for basic education in different languages in Helsinki.

Basic education is compulsory for all children living permanently in Finland. It starts in the year a child turns seven. Before the beginning of basic education, children must attend one year of pre-primary education in the year they turn six.

Basic education covers grades 1-9. Compulsory schooling is until  the age of 18, which means that after finishing basic education, young people will have to move on to study in upper secondary education.

Learn more about Finnish education.