Application and Fees


We are always happy to talk to families interested in our daycare and to provide more information. We can also organize a visit for your family! We aim to fill all the groups every year in August. However, sometimes changes in our enrollment situation may happen in the middle of the year, so please contact us if you are interested in joining during this school year. If you are interested in a place for your child in this group, please be in touch.

The daycare is currently full, but places will become available in August 2023. We are accepting applications and filling the waiting list on an ongoing basis. 

In case we don't have available places in your child's age group, families are welcome to join a waiting list in case places become available. We also have a waiting list for children who are currently under 3 years old. As we have small groups, we recommend joining the waiting list early.

To apply for daycare placement, the family/guardian must complete our application form, including desired starting date. The application and waiting list fee is 30 EUR, which covers application and handling costs. Please contact us before applying.


Happy Toddlers is not-for-profit with reasonable fees. All fees collected are used towards the daycare operations to benefit the children.

The current daycare fee is 990€ per month per childThe monthly fee is fixed for the whole 12 months of the year. KELA will support families with the fee. The out-of-pocket amount paid by the families is therefore much smaller. In addition, the City of Espoo pays a sibling supplement of 140€ per month to families that have more than one child in childcare in Espoo. The current parents association fee is 100€ per year.


Families can apply for both Kela and Espoo city subsidies. Depending on your family's situation you might be entitled to "care-allowance/hoitoraha" and "care-supplement/hoitolisä" from Kela and "Espoo-lisä" from the city of Espoo. Below is a calculation of typical out-of-pocket fees for families (please note that some families get more subsidies and pay even less out-of-pocket than shown below).

Koala/Panda Bear: Typically, the out-of-pocket daycare fee is around €335,39.

Polar Bear: Typically, the out-of-pocket daycare fee is around €217,39.

Espoo City subsidy for 5 year olds is 40% of the fee family is paying however not more than €118.

Brown Bear: Typically, the out-of-pocket daycare fee is around €302,08.

Espoo city is paying €510 monthly per child for pre-school aged children, and therefore the amount paid by Kela is lower than it was for years before the pre-school started.


Families with more than one child in childcare/preschool in Espoo age are entitled to sibling subsidy from Espoo city. The amount is 60% of the fee family is paying to daycare and max €177/month. Kindly note that a new application to the sibling subsidy needs to be made to city of Espoo for each fiscal year, as the decision is only made for one operating year at a time. The sibling subsidy is allocated to the oldest child at the daycare.


The membership fee is €100 per child/year and the due date for the fee is 31.8. each year. The membership fee is utilized for special activities e.g. field trips and excursions.

For more information about childcare fee support, please go to:

Private day care allowance (Kela) or

Amount and payment of private daycare allowance (Kela)

Private day care allowances (City of Espoo)

1) Please contact us before applying

A Word version of the Application Form can be downloaded from this website (see link at the bottom of this column).

Please return to us by email ( along with a copy of the proof of payment of the 30 EUR. 

The Support Association's Board is responsible for determining the child's acceptance into the daycare.

2) Criteria

The Support Association's Board uses the following criteria when considering applications for enrollment:

1. Sibling criteria 
Siblings have priority if they are: 3 years of age on entry, (1st August year of entry) toilet trained, fit the 7-8 max. children per group and gender balance.

2. Other applicants criteria
Applications are considered relative to: 3 years of age on entry (1st August year of entry), toilet trained, fit the 7-8 max. children per group, gender balance within the groups and application date.

3) Acceptance

After the acceptance of the child into Happy Toddlers daycare, the parents confirm their child's position by paying a one month deposit fee in advance.