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Welcome to Pilke daycare center!

Pilke offers early childhood education based on innovative, active learning methods and professional instruction all over Finland. With the children, with a twinkle in the eyes.

Pilke Päiväkodit provides versatile early childhood education and related club activities for children aged 1–6 years. Some of our units also provide pre-school education. Our activities are based on the national and municipal early childhood education curricula.

Our wish is to welcome your child genuinely and consider their unique skills and interests. Depending on the daycare centre, your child will have the opportunity to learn Swedish in a language enriching environment or English at an English-speaking daycare centre, increase their skills in music or expressive arts, marvel at the phenomena of nature and science and experience the joy of exercise in all of its glamour.

We strive at keeping our promise every day: to provide the best early learning.

Tips for getting started

Cooperation with guardians

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Cooperation is based on open and equal interaction between guardians and early childhood educators. The Guardians have primary responsibility for the child’s upbringing. Cooperation will support the holistic development of the child through versatile and consistent action.

When bringing your child to the daycare centre

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• When bringing your child to the daycare centre, please make sure to hand them over to one of the early childhood educators. Please also ensure that your child washes their hands
• When taking your child home from the daycare centre, the responsibility for the child is transferred to the guardians after they enter the daycare centre area.
• If you can’t pick up your child by the daycare centre’s closing time, please let us know.
• Please report your child’s absences and future holidays through Daisy.
• Keep track of your contact information and the details of any persons you allow
to pick up your child. The persons you allow to pick up your child must be at least
18 years of age.
• We hope that guardians’ personal phone calls do not interfere with the child’s drop off / pick up

Clothing

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We go out every day. However, in exceptional weather conditions, the staff will assess the amount of outdoor activities.

Please check that:
• your child has enough spare clothes;
• your child has different clothes for indoors and outdoors, especially in the summertime;
• rain clothes are intact and of the right size. We ask you to check and, if necessary, bring the rain clothes home to be cleaned;
• your child has indoor footwear for safety reasons;
• if needed, there is a sufficient amount of diapers;
• if needed, a pacifier, a feeding bottle and a sleeping toy labelled with your child’ s name;
• if you have dirty laundry, you remember to take them home for washing; and
• your child’s personal belongings and toys are labelled.

Meals

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Pilke daycare centres offer a breakfast and snack menu designed by a nutritionist.
The menu corresponds to the new 2018 early childhood education recommendation.
The list includes a versatile selection of Finnish berries, root vegetables,
vegetables and whole grain products. The list makes a conscious effort
to cut off sugar-impregnated yoghurts, quarks and sausages.
The amount of additives has also been reduced.
A warm lunch is provided by our external partner.
We also consider special diets. Ask more about them from our early childhood
educators. For children under 12 months of age, we provide infant formula
if needed.
After eating, we give the children xylitol pastilles.

Celebrations

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We remember the children’s birthdays and celebrate them as well as
other celebrations of the calendar year. Discuss the ways of celebrating
a birthday party with early childhood educators.

When your child is sick

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When your child is sick, please inform us and mark it on Daisy. If a child becomes
falls ill at the daycare centre, we will inform the guardians and the sick child will
have to go home. The child attending daycare must be able to participate in indoor
and outdoor activities. In the event of an accident, we will immediately notify the
guardians. Injuries requiring medical treatment are treated either at the nearest
municipal health centre or at a private medical centre.

What is Pilke?

Closeness

A warm hug is always available at Pilke.

Heartfelt work

Each of us works with a big child’s heart that has grown to adult proportions.

Innovative

We offer your child the opportunity to learn languages, make music, practice expressive abilities, wonder natural and scientific phenomena and experience the joy of versatile exercise – developing something new all the time.

Lively

We are active every day. Whether its exercise, exploration, play, singing or learning, we keep ourselves busy.

Dedicative service

The best reward for our work is a smiling child.

Frequently asked questions

According to the children under our care:

It is when you get hugs and play with your friends.

It is when you're on a trip or doing something exciting.

It is when you get to sleep a good nap.

It is when you can be yourself.

It is when someone comforts you when you feel bad.

It's when you learn some new play that you can play at home with your family.

The most important goal of Pilke playschools is: to provide the child with a good day to learn - every day.

The playschool is opened as usual in June and in August. July is the holiday season, but care is provided when necessary. Ask the manager of the playschool for details on July opening hours.

Sleeping is not obligatory, but we encourage everybody to rest after lunch and listen to the stories or peaceful music.

Before the start of early childhood education, a common meeting will be arranged to discuss the service contract and the start of early childhood education. Everydayfeedback when dropping off and picking up the child are an important part of catching up and discuss the child’s progress and any concern the guardians may have. Other forms of contact are phones, text messages and emails. All playschools also have notice boards which are worth checking. The playschools also arrange regular parents' evenings and other events, not to forget the annual early childhood education conferences (known as “vasu”).

In Pilke playschools, the breakfast and snack menu has been designed by a nutritionist, which meets the new 2018 early childhood education recommendation. The list includes a versatile selection of Finnish berries, root vegetables and vegetables and whole grain products. We make a conscious effort to cut off sugar-impregnated yoghurts, quarks and sausages. The amount of additives has also been reduced. A warm lunch is provided by our external partner. We also consider special diets. Ask more details from our early childhood educators. For children under 12 months of age, we provide infant formula if needed.

A Typical Day

The daily routines at the daycare center 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.

7:30 Welcome! Playschool doors open. We start our day playing and having fun with friends.
7:45-8:15 Breakfast time (Served until 8:00)
9:00-10:30 Outdoor play and exploration
10:30 Morning circle - songs, stories and discussion
10:45–12:00 Centre time (inside or outside) – this can be art and crafts, music, drama, science, language, sport…
12:00 Lunch, healthy habits and good manners
After lunch time, the children are read a story and have a relaxation time with music or stories.
13:30 For children who are not sleeping, quiet focused activity with their early childhood educator.
14:00 Wake up time and free play
14:30 Afternoon snack
15:00 Story time
15:30–17:15 Outdoor play and exploration
17:30 Playschool closes and we say “see you tomorrow!”
 

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