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Daycare and education guidance

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

Contact

You can contact our Daycare and education guidance service by phone on Tuesday 8.00 – 10.00 and on Thursday 14.00-16.00.

By phone: +358 40 677 2528

You can also contact the education guidance service by email. You are welcome to ask questions by email and book a personal telephone appointment or an online meeting.

By email: eduguidance@hel.fi

FAQ

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. As of August 2021, compulsory schooling was extended to 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.