Youth and Children’s Services

Educational Services

The Educational Services are responsible for day care, basic education, adult education, the library service, leisure services and public transport. The facilities are developed with the objective of providing the citizens with economical, high-quality services in mind, and the department works actively in collaboration with other municipalities in the area. The objectives of the services are defined yearly and the services are developed with input from both inside and outside the department.

The services for children include early childhood education, morning and afternoon activities, basic education, child welfare services, and youth work.

Early childhood education

In Kaavi, day care services are organised both in day care centres and in the homes of private childminders. There are currently four childminders in Kaavi who work in their own homes. In accordance with the Childcare Act, a placement in day care will be provided within four months of applying or in two weeks if the need for care has been unplanned (e.g. the parent suddenly becoming employed). Applications for day care should be delivered to the offices of the director of day care services.

Early childhood education also includes preschool education, which is organised at the school in the Kaavi town centre.

Morning and afternoon activities

Kaavi provides morning and afternoon activities for pupils in grades 1-2 and to pupils in other grades who have received a decision on additional support, in accordance with the Basic Education Act. Parents of pupils are notified well in advance before each semester about the activities and on how to apply. You can also apply for the activities mid-semester with a written application, if places are available. The organisers can be reached by email at: apip.kk @

Preschool and Basic Education

Kaavin koulu, grades 0-6

The first school in Kaavi was founded in 1876 in Kaavi town centre. The current school building was built in 1932 and was completely renovated in 1997-1998. The school is a protected building. The additional premises and the gymnasium were opened for use in 2016, from which point all primary school education (grades 0 to 6) has been conducted in the school in the Kaavi town centre.

Basic Education Grades 7-9

The compulsory basic education for students in grades 7 to 9 is administratively part of the municipality of Tuusniemi. The teaching takes place in Tuusniemi in Tuusniemen yhtenäiskoulu.

Youth work

Youth work and politics are part of the duties of the Kaavi municipality. The municipality is responsible for providing the appropriate conditions for youth work and youth activities by organising services and spaces aimed at young people and by supporting their civic involvement. When needed, the municipality works in collaboration with other authorities in order to provide services for young people, their families, youth organisations, parishes and other parties involved in youth work.

Youth centre Kamari

The youth centre Kamari is a meeting place for young people, a safe space for hanging out with friends. There are facilities for independent music practice and for playing billiards and ping pong. You can also watch tv and movies, read magazines, and use the Internet. On average, the youth centre is open for young people five nights a week.

The centre is used by the youth services for their operations and activities and the Kuopio Community College for their courses. Kamari is also available for different clubs and organisations for meetings and courses and can be rented out for private functions and events.

You can find “Nuorisotalo Kamari” on Facebook and on Instagram @nuorisotalo_kaavi.

Alcohol and other substances are not allowed on the premises, and visitors are expected to follow the code of conduct.

Code of conduct

  • Smoking is forbidden both inside and outside the youth centre
  • The use and possession of alcohol and other intoxicating substances is also forbidden
  • Outdoor shoes are not to be worn inside the youth centre, but indoor shoes are allowed
  • Those using the space are responsible for using the centre appropriately and for keeping the space clean

Contact information

Kunnantie 4, 73600 KAAVI
Tel.  044 753 0160

Opening hours

Mon 2 pm – 8 pm
Tue 2 pm – 8 pm
Wed 2 pm – 8 pm
Thu 2 pm – 8 pm
Fri 2 pm – 8 pm

Sunday opening hours are announced separately. In the summer time, there are also exceptions.The opening times are liable to change temporarily, so be sure to check the notices on the door of the youth centre.

Pupils grade 1 to 6 from 4 pm to 6 pm and pupils grade 7 to 9 from 3 pm to 8 pm. 18-20-year-olds from 6 pm to 8 pm.