Day care practices

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Day care forms at Forms on these pages, in Finnish.


According to the Day Care Act, day care for children means organizing children's day care in day care centres, it also means giving guided and supervised private day care in families. It can also be in the form of play activity or other day care activity. In our municipality day care is provided in day care centres Pikkumettä and Muksula in Kittilä, Sirkka and Raattama. Private day care in families takes place in a caretaker's home, as three-family day care or in group-family day care centres in Alakylä and Kaukonen.


Day care is available for children under school age. A child's right for day care starts after parental leave. In some cases day care is available for school children, although morning and afternoon clubs are recommended. Read more about morning and afternoon clubs:


The objective of municipal day care action is to ensure a safe place for a child during the time  when the parents are at work. It is also a goal to support homes in a child's upbringing, and to give stimulus relevant to a child's age and development.The main responsibility in upbringing belongs to the parents.


Applying for a place is day care

An application can be downloaded here: ("Päivähoitohakemus", in Finnish). Applications are also available in day care centres and in the day care office. Period of application is four months and two weeks in unforeseen cases. For this reason an application must be valid also from parents who are unemployed and looking for employment.


A day care work group includes an early education director and directors of day care centres. The group prepares the children's placement. The group also deals with general day care matters, development, planning and evaluation of day care. It also handles issues and staff selections that go to the school board.


Agreement of care

An agreement is made between parents and day care providers. This agreement specifies among other things the time that is spent daily in day care. Day care time equals parents' work time plus time that is spent in commuting. The agreed time limit must be followed and temporary changes must be agreed on with the day care provider in beforehand. A child must stay at home on a parent's day off.


Parents who need interval care for their children have a duty to notify of the times when they need day care. Notification is done in writing (a form, e-mail, text message) always by Tuesday of the week before. Parents who work on night shifts can bring their children to day care the day after a night shift ("sleeping day"). Absences that are known in beforehand, such as holidays, must be notified two weeks before. Temporary absences as well as delays must be notified as soon as possible. However, a notification should be done before the agreed starting time of care.

When a child is ill

A child must not come to a day care facility when he or she is ill. A child should be recovered enough so he or she can participate in normal activities in day care, such as outdoor activities. In this manner additional diseases and recurring illness should be avoided.


If a child falls ill during his or her day in day care centre, parents are notified, and they should have their child taken home as soon as possible. In case of illness, parents are responsible for providing care for their child. Home care aid can be inquired from the home care instructor, phone number 040 716 0245. Advice and guidance in case of children's diseases and vaccinations can be found in Children are insured during day care timesin municipal day care.

Substituting a day care place

In private day care in families, the municipality organizes a substituting day care provider for a child when the caretaker is, for example, on holiday. This can be in either another family or in a group-family day care centre, or in a day care centre. Moreover, if a day care centre is closed, substituting day care can be arranged in private day care in families or in another day care centre.

Children on a special diet

A special diet should be proven with a certificate given by the personnel in public health service. Specific instructions regarding the diet should be given to the day care provider in order to avoid unnecessary consequences. If you suspect your child is allergic you can discuss preliminary surveillance with your day care provider.

The list of meals served in day care centres (e.g. school food).


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