Made in Finland: Childcare help for all families

September 30, 2015 | by Jonas Himmelstrand
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  2. Some municipalities have chosen to increase the amount, in some cases doubling it.
  3. "64 percent of voters want the state to make it financially possible for parents to be home until [their children are] four years of age. Among blue-collar workers the support is 76 percent. Among social-democratic voters, 65 percent." From Kågeson, P. (2006). Tid för barn (Time for children) SNS Förlag; "81 percent of the voters want to keep or improve the present home care allowance. Only 8 percent want to abolish the allowance and 77 percent want to keep or increase the present amount." From Sifo Research International in Svenska Dagbladet. (2006, April 28). Föräldrar vill sköta hemma (Parents want homecare.) Retrieved from; Sifo Research International in Svenska Dagbladet. (2010, April 28). Väljarna vill ha vårdnadsbidraget (Voters want a home care allowance.) Retrieved from
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  7. Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Statistics, Social integration and income, Day care, CHIL03. Children in daycare by reporting country, age, type and time.
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  9. UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Preamble: “Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding…” Retrieved from; European Convention on Human Rights, Protocol 1, Article 2: “No person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.” Retrieved from; United Nations Universal declaration on Human Rights, Article 26–3: Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” Retrieved from