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English Discovery Daycare provides early childhood education in Lempäälä.
We provide a supportive, engaging and stimulating learning environment in which young children are encouraged to explore the world around them.
We believe that children learn through play, discovery and exploration, gaining an understanding of their world through hands-on experiences, investigation and active learning.
Our educational program is inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia – a child centered and inquiry- based approach to learning that builds on children´s prior knowledge and natural curiosity.
All units producing early childhood education services are approved by the municipality/city and our operations are supervised regularly. We follow the law of early childhood education and the nationwide early childhood education plan.
EDD is a private service voucher daycare centre. Apply for the service voucher on the town of Lempäälä website, and for the daycare place fill in the Pilke Daycare application.
Mon—Fri 7—17 (7am—5pm) (as necessary)
The daycare centres are open as usual in June and in August. July is the holiday season, but daycare is provided when necessary. Ask the manager of the daycare centre for details on July opening hours.
Sleeping is not obligatory, but everybody must rest after lunch and listen to the stories or peaceful music.
Before the daycare begins, the parents and the staff will arrange to meet. Everyday meetings in connection with bringing and collecting the child are an important part of catching up with the child's news. Other forms of contact are phones, text messages and emails. All daycare centres also have notice boards which are worth checking. The daycare centres also arrange regular parents' evenings and other events, not to forget the annual early childhood education talks.
Pilke language-immersion daycare centres provide an early total immersion (varhainen täydellinen kielikylpy/språkbad). The immersion starts at the age of 3—5 years. The language immersion is meant for children whose mother tongue is other than the immersion language. In the language immersion children adopt the new language in a safe environment while playing, singing, chanting nursery rhymes, theme working and doing everyday chores. The educators speak consistently only the immersion language to the children, but they do understand also their mother tongue. Communication is supported by body language, facial expressions, gestures, intonation, pictures and so on. The children may use their mother tongue but they are encouraged to use more and more of the immersion language. The parents don't need to understand the immersion language since parents' duty is to strengthen the development of their child's mother tongue. Everyday routines in a language-immersion daycare centre are very similar to those in a Finnish-language daycare centre. The day consists of playtimes, outdoor activities, mealtimes, circle times and other guided activities. Routines are very important for language immersion, they create safety and help the child to guess and to deduce the contents of the message. The goal of the language-immersion is functional bilingualism. The child learns to manage in the immersion language in the daycare centre, school and everyday situations. Language immersion also prepares the child for learning other languages.
A language shower is a lighter version of language immersion. In language showering the language is learnt in addition to everyday tasks especially by songs, games, rhymes and everyday phrases. The language showering group can include children with English/Finnish as their mother tongue or children who are already bilingual.
Outsourcing means that the municipality purchases the production of the daycare service from a private service provider for a certain length of time. The service providers are chosen by competitive bidding organized by the municipality at certain intervals. The municipality provides the daycare premises for the service provider. The municipality chooses the children on the basis of the applications and the families pay the municipal daycare fee. The selected service provider employs the staff and provides the daycare service according to the contract with the municipality. The municipality monitors the daycare services regularly.
|7:00||The doors of the daycare centre open. Welcome! We begin the day hugging and holding the children on our laps and chatting softly. Then little by little the children move on to play.|
|8:00-8:30||It's breakfast time.|
|8:30-||Pre-primary education classes begin|
|9:00–10:00||Guided activities in groups according to the themes|
|After lunch it's nap time. The smaller children sleep and the bigger ones rest and listen to fairy tales. After resting it's time for quiet play and other activities before the snack.|
|12:30||Pre-primary education classes finish.|
|14:30||Playing with friends.|
|about 15:30||We go outdoors little by little.|
|17:00||The doors of the daycare centre close and we say bye-bye, see you tomorrow.|
|The daily routines at the daycare centre always depend on the size of the unit and its goals, so this timetable is just a general guideline. The actual timetable for a typical day can be seen on each group's notice board.|