Childcare and early learning

Childcare and early learning

In Savonlinna early learning services are offered by municipal nurseries, childminders and group family daycare. Early years services are also provided by private providers.

Applying for a childcare place

You can apply for a childcare place all year round. Your application should be submitted no later than four months before the childcare place is required. If, however, the need for childcare is due to starting employment or study, and the date on which you will need childcare to start could not be predicted in advance, you should apply for a place as soon as possible, however, no later than two weeks before your child needs a place.

Application forms are available from the childcare office and from nurseries. Application forms for childcare places can also be downloaded from the town's website (in Finnish). Here you will need to print out the form, fill it in and send it to the childcare office on paper.

Application forms should be returned to the childcare office:
Olavinkatu 27 B, 57130 Savonlinna

Childcare costs

The cost of childcare run by the municipality is determined on a percentage basis depending on the size of the family and family income. The maximum payable is 283 euros a month per child and if the payment falls to less than 26 euros per child, it is not charged. The first child in the family is always considered to be the youngest child using childcare services. The charge for the family's second child in full-time childcare is the same as for the first child but such that the maximum payable is 255 euros per month. For each additional child the charge is 20% of the payment for the youngest child. The fee is charged for a maximum of 11 months during the academic year. The academic year starts on 1 August and ends on 31 July of the following year.

Childcare fees are determined based on the situation at the date of payment on the basis of either actual or estimated income. If an applicant for a place fails to provide information on income, the municipality can charge the maximum fee. Childcare fees are revised at the start of the academic year and also at other times if the family's situation changes significantly.

There are approximately 20 private childminders in the town's various areas. Further information about private childminders is available from the chair of the private childminders' association¨
Heli Lifflander-Oikari, tel. +358 44 292 1212. E-mail: slnyksit.pphoito(at)

Linnalan Setlementti ry's play school Linnalan leikkikoulu in the town centre also runs play school and early years activities. Further information, tel. +358 15 511 825 or +358 44 351 1825 or see their website.

Anna-Liisa Sairanen, Head of early years education
tel. +358 44 417 4303
fax +358 15 525 0222
Address: Olavinkatu 27, 57130 Savonlinna
E-mail: anna-liisa.sairanen(at)

Home care allowance

As an alternative to municipally-run childcare, a family may choose to receive home care allowance if the family includes a child under the age of 3. The right to home care allowance is then extended to all the family's other children under school age.
Thus once the period for which parental allowance is payable has ended, parents may choose

  • childcare run by the municipality
  • to receive home care allowance and look after their child at home themselves
  • to receive private day care allowance and organise a private childcare place

More information on home care allowance is available from Kela's website. In Savonlinna no municipal bonus is paid on top of home care allowance.