Day-care places for children are getting harder to come by in Finland's major centres. Some municipalities have seen a nearly two-fold increase in the number of children applying for day-care at the start of the year.
All of Finland’s biggest cities are experiencing difficulties with the number of children seeking day-care. For example, the number of those seeking a place in Tampere went up to 350 from last year’s 200, while Jyväskylä municipality received nearly 300 day-care applications compared with 160 the previous year.
The biggest demand for places in the capital region is in Espoo. Most day-care places sought are for children under three years old.
The pressure on places has been attributed to different factors, including higher birth-rates in the past few years and the threat of recession pushing mothers back to work in the capital region.
The Association of Kindergarten Teachers in Finland blames municipalities for poor planning when it comes to policies affecting small children.
The Association cites cases where municipalities have closed down kindergartens, only to find that they are desperately needed again in a few years’ time.
From: yle.fi, dd 09/01/2012