International Language School

Englannin kielistä varhaiskasvatusta

International Language School

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Manager Suvi Schuurman
Tel. 050 462 5838


Kalevankatu 10
40100 Jyväskylä

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International Language School

International Language School is located in Jyväskylä. The school is structured with introductory action groups, play school and pre-school groups. The school syllabus is based on Finnish pre-school requirements and the English national curriculum.  English is spoken throughout the school and the staff works closely with the children to encourage language development.


We want to ensure a safe learning environment for all children. Our focus is in pedagogy and in developing the children’s social skills and personal achievements. The daily activities in the school vary depending on the age and individual skills of each child. We encourage all children to enjoy Music, Art, Drama, Craft, Sport and Basic Computer Skills. In the ­Junior groups the emphasis is on children learning through play.

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.




International Language School is a private service voucher daycare centre. Apply for the service voucher on town of Jyväskylä website, and for the daycare place fill in the Pilke Daycare application.


MAx 340 €/ month


Mon- Fri 6.15 - 17.15


How is the playschool open during the summer?

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.

Do the children have to nap in Playschool?

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

How do guardians keep in touch with the playschool?

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. Everyday feedback 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”).

How do you plan meals?

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.

What makes a good playschool day?

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.

What does outsourced daycare mean?

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.

A Typical Day

  • 7:30Playschool doors open. Welcome! We start our day with play and fun with our friends.
    7:45-8:15Breakfast time (Served until 8:00)
    9:00-10.30-Outdoor play and exploration
    10:30Morning circle – songs, stories and discussions
    10:45–12:00Centre time (inside or outside) – this can be art and crafts, music, drama, science, language, sport…
    12:00Lunch, healthy habits and good manners
    After lunch time, the children are read a story and have a relaxation time with music or stories.
    13:30For children who are not sleeping, quiet focused activity with their early childhood educator.
    14:00Wake up time and free play
    14:30Afternoon snack
    15:00Story time
    15:30–17:15Outdoor play and exploration
    17:30Playschool closes and we say “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.


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