Earliest age to enter daycare

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bydoss
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Earliest age to enter daycare

Post by bydoss » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:12 am

We are moving to Helsinki with a 2 month old, I will work and my wife doesn’t.
Still, we are interested in using daycare services to free up some time.
Does anyone know the earliest age a baby can be put into daycare? It seems usually 9 months and up since that is when parental leave ends, but do any accept from younger age?

Also, would my wife not working impact our access to using daycare?



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nikskate
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Re: Earliest age to enter daycare

Post by nikskate » Sun May 05, 2019 10:29 am

If you are looking into the municipal daycare, you can check the daycare close to your area before you apply or send an email (https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/childhoo ... nformation) though I highly doubt that they accept a child as young as 2 months as they don't encourage children being away from their parents that young especially if one of the parent is not working. If few hours a day few days a week is fine for you, maybe you will consider just hiring a baby sitter?

You can check for more information on this site
https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/childhoo ... g/applying


chickensexer
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Re: Earliest age to enter daycare

Post by chickensexer » Sun May 05, 2019 10:21 pm

I doubt they would accept a child younger than 9 months old. Besides, an application processing time is around 4 months. And yes, your wife not working will have its impact - your application will have a lower priority in the queue compared to those working/studying.


heretostay
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Re: Earliest age to enter daycare

Post by heretostay » Tue May 07, 2019 5:55 am

It is very difficult to get a place for even a 9 month old. At that age they require a lot of extra one on one attention and most daycares are not equipped to handle them before about a year of age. I have found that daycares in general will typically take only one 10 to 11 month old at a time as an exception. I suggest contacting private childcare centers. They may have more flexibility than a municipal daycare.


vla
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Re: Earliest age to enter daycare

Post by vla » Tue May 07, 2019 10:53 am

nikskate wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 10:29 am
If you are looking into the municipal daycare, you can check the daycare close to your area before you apply or send an email (https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/childhoo ... nformation) though I highly doubt that they accept a child as young as 2 months as they don't encourage children being away from their parents that young especially if one of the parent is not working. If few hours a day few days a week is fine for you, maybe you will consider just hiring a baby sitter?

You can check for more information on this site
https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/childhoo ... g/applying
I agree with the babysitter option, I think it's your best chance by now. As other has mentioned, it's not a good idea to have such a small baby in a day care center, I wouldn't do that with my daughters at least.

If your wife needs some "free" time (which it's totally understandable), having a babysitter is a good idea and your wife can still be close to the baby.


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