In Finland all children under seven years old have the right to have day care organized by municipalities, after parental leave. The parents, who have children under three years old, have the right of nursing leave without the risk of losing their jobs. Both parents can’t be on the nursing leave at the same time. KELA (The Social Insurance institution in Finland) gives support for children’s day care in households. Financial support for private care can be applied from Kela (children under seven years old), if a private nurse organizes the day care service.
- Childcare at home and nursing support, when at least one child is under three years old
- Municipal day care
- Day care organized with private day care support
- The children are in the home of the nurse
- A private nurse comes to the children’s home
- The children are in a group day care (this means that the groups are small)
Some children need special assistance and support in their growth and development. With different day care support measures, children with special needs can benefit of these functions. Some children requiring special assistance are placed in special day care groups with fewer children than usual.
- a child is ill
- a parent is ill
- the child’s permanent caregiver is ill
- a parent is on a business trip, in a meeting, or studying
- parents need a break for hobbies or to spend some time together