Early childhood education and training
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.
The day care services
Parents of children under school age have the option of choosing from different types of day care services:
- municipal day care and family day care
- child care at home with the home care allowance for families with children under the age of 3
- arranging one’s day care using the private day care allowance or a voucher
- open club activities
Please remember to enrol your child at least 4 months before you wish to begin their early childhood education. You can handle all matters related to child care and early childhood education online at www.linnanlapset.fi
Pre-primary education refers to the education provided to children one year before they enter primary school. Your child has the right to free pre-primary education in the year preceding their compulsory education, as well as in cases where the initiation of their primary school period has been postponed by a year or a decision has been made to extend their compulsory education.
In Hämeenlinna, pre-primary education is usually arranged at day care centres. Hämeenlinna is also home to numerous so-called “metsäeskari (forest pre-primary education) groups, where children learn outdoors in the woods and in a hut built partly in the forest.
Comprehensive school education
There are 22 comprehensive schools in Hämeenlinna. Every school in Hämeenlinna has its own pages where you can search for school-specific information.
The schools in Hämeenlinna use the online Wilma tool for communications between homes and schools.
Read more about the school year and holiday periods.
Youth services operate in youth facilities and schools, organise events and camps, and support the participation and influence of young people. Outreach youth work helps young people reach various services.
One-Stop Guidance Center
The Stage Hämeenlinna One-Stop Guidance Center brings together the services for young people under the age of 30 under one roof with the aim of facilitating access to services and helping young people find the direction of their future.
The One-Stop Guidance Center is open Mon-Thu between 9am and 3pm. The One-Stop Guidance Center offers a wide range of services without appointment, but you can also reserve an appointment whenever necessary. The custodians, relatives and close friends of a young person can also contact the One-Stop Guidance Center. The services of the One-Stop Guidance Center are free and optional.
Hämeenlinna recognised as a child-friendly municipality
The City of Hämeenlinna was the first city in Finland to be recognised as a child-friendly municipality by UNICEF in 2013. This recognition has since been renewed 2 times and remains valid.
The recognition is awarded to municipalities that commit themselves to sustainable development work that aims to increase the participation of children and young people.