Every child is entitled to childcare if their parent or guardian is working, studying or a job seeker and registered with the social security bureau (FPA).
A fee is charged for child care services. The fees are based on the size of your family and your income. Please submit your application for a place four months before your child will need the place. Applications may be submitted all year, preferably well before the start of term. The application period is about two weeks if you are in employment and four months for job seekers.
There are daycare centres for children aged 1-7 in all Åland municipalities.
Staying home with children
If you are not working or studying and staying at home to care for your child, there are activities that you can participate in. Your child gets the opportunity to play with other children and you can meet other parents.
In a number of municipalities there are attended outdoor playgrounds where children (aged 2-5) can stay up to 3 hours a day.
Open daycare (“öppna förskolan”)
In Mariehamn there is an open daycare service run by the Åland Save the Children association. In the open daycare, the parents stay with their children during activities.
The NGO Folkhälsan på Åland organises a lot of activities for children and families. Local libraries and churches also organise activities for children and families. Please contact your municipality for contact details.