Day care and education
All children under school-age, which is 7 years in Finland, have the right to day care in a municipal day care centre, family day care or private day care. Family day care is organised either in the child’s or day care nurse’s home.
Day care supports the child’s growth and development. Day care is normally payable, but the parent’s income affects the amount to be paid.
Day care provides preschool education for the child before starting school. All 6-year old children can participate in free preschool education.
Hämeenlinna City organises for immigrant children between 7 and 16 years preparatory education for basic education. A child moving from abroad can start school in a preparatory class for immigrants.
Immigrants living permanently in Finland and of compulsory education age (7-16-year olds) have the right to the same basic education as the Finnish. Children of all ages are organised education in Finnish, their own mother tongue and religion as well as remedial teaching where needed. At the same time, they will be supported in maintaining their own mother tongue and cultural identity.