Municipal early childhood education in family daycare

Parents can apply for an early childhood education place for their child in municipal family daycare in addition to the daycare centres. Family daycare is early childhood education provided in the home of the provider or child.

Family daycare is early childhood education in a private home.

Family daycare can also be provided in the children’s own home. The activities can take place in one or more family homes, and one such group can include up to three families. This requires solid cooperation and flexibility of all parties involved. Meals are always provided by the family who lives in the home that is being used.

The maximum number of children in a family daycare provider’s group is four children of different ages in full-time care and one pre-primary education or school pupil in part-time care, including the provider’s own children under school age. The family daycare provider prepares the meals for the children. An early childhood education plan is prepared for each child.

The small group size in family daycare allows for the individual consideration of the children and close cooperation with the parents.

Within the realms of possibility, family daycare providers work together in their area according to the needs of the groups of children.

If necessary, each child is assigned a secondary early childhood education place, a daycare centre or another family daycare provider, which can be used when the family daycare provider is on holiday or otherwise unavailable.

The early childhood education plan of Lappeenranta is followed in family daycare. In early childhood education, the child’s development and learning are supported in accordance with the child’s needs. It is important for the child that the support forms a coherent continuum during early childhood education and when the child moves on to pre-primary education. Special early childhood education is also provided in family daycare when the child needs more support measures than usual.


Apply for an early childhood education place by using the early childhood education online services of the City of Lappeenranta at least four months before your child needs an early childhood education place. If you need an early childhood education place due to sudden access to employment, studies or training, apply for an early childhood education place as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks before the need for an early childhood education place. Submit a separate application for each child in need of an early childhood education place. If you wish, a notification of successful submittal of an application can be sent to your email address.

More information is available from the head of the early childhood education unit and service guidance for early childhood education.

Payment information

A fee is charged for the service.

Client fees depend on the size and income of the family and the needed early childhood education hours.

Service background and legislation