Early childhood education and care fees

Illustration of early childhood education and care fees

The Early Childhood Education Customer Fees Act (1503/2016) regulates the fees charged in day care centres and family day care organised by municipalities. The service voucher for early childhood education in the City of Kemijärvi and the customer fee for early childhood education in private day care centres calculated from it are determined according to the same principles as the customer fee for municipal early childhood education.

The maximum fee for early childhood education is €295 per month for the first child. The fee for the second child is up to 40% of the fee for the youngest child, i.e. €118. For subsequent children, the fee is 20% of the fee for the youngest child. The lowest charge is €28.

The customer fee for early childhood education and care is based on the size and income of the family and the time the child spends in early childhood education and care. The fee for early childhood education and care takes into account the taxable income of the child, his or her parents or other carers, and any person living with them in a common household in a married or cohabiting relationship.

As a result of the amendment to the Early Childhood Education and Care Act, the matter must be decided by the municipal body. In addition, the customer fees per child must be reviewed and, if necessary, a new payment decision must be made in accordance with § 12 of the Early Childhood Education Customer Fees Act.

Income limits and tax rates

The Early Childhood Education and Care Customer Fees Act (1503/2016) was amended as of 1 March 2023, so that the customer fees were reduced by increasing the income thresholds on which the fees are based by 33%. The fee rate remained unchanged (10.7%). The Early Childhood Education and Care Fees Act was not amended in other respects.

Number of persons in the familyIncome limit 1.8.2022 EUR/monthIncome limit 1.3.2023 EUR/monthPayment rate
22913387410,7 %
33758499810,7 %
44267567510,7 %
54777635310,7 %
65284702810,7 %

For families of more than six, the income limit is increased by €262 for each subsequent child (from 1 March 2023).

More information: early childhood education bulletin 30.6.2023

Pay your early childhood education and care fees conveniently as an e-invoice. E-invoicing is an easy and versatile way to pay your bill with just a few clicks, as you don’t need to enter account or reference numbers.

Collection of early childhood education fees: if a fee is still outstanding after the due date, the City does not send separate payment reminders but sends the debt to the collection agency for collection. If the child is not sent to the post office for payment of the fee, the post office will send a debit note to the child’s parents.

Register of incomes

The Incomes Register is an electronic database containing comprehensive information on wages, pensions and benefits paid to citizens. Employers and other payers of benefits are obliged to report information on their wages and benefits to the Incomes Register. In addition to the City of Kemijärvi, information from the register of income is used by, for example, Kela, the Tax Administration and Statistics Finland. The users of the data receive from the register only the information to which they are entitled by law and which they need in their activities.

The City of Kemijärvi receives salary and benefit data directly from the Incomes Register, so decisions are based on up-to-date income data. Consent to the data retrieval must be given using the attached income information form (pdf). We do not receive information by e-mail, but only in hard copy.

In order for the data to be retrieved from the Incomes Register, the guardians/co-habiting cohabiting partner must agree to the data retrieval on the Income Information Form under the heading; We agree to the retrieval of salary and benefit data from the Incomes Register and sign the form. We ask separately for information that we do not receive from the Incomes Register, e.g. the entrepreneur’s bank statement, start-up grant decision, capital income information (e.g. rental, interest, dividend income), child support. If the employer has not reported information to the Incomes Register or if the information in the Incomes Register is not sufficient to prepare a payment decision, we will ask you for more information on your salary and employment relationship.

Income Register Bulletin (pdf)

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