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Pilke’s first log-built daycare centre was opened in Aura in August 2017.

Today, we provide good days in 13 log-built daycare centres across Finland.

Our goal: 35 log-built daycare centres by 2024

For its part, Pilke Daycare Centres reforms the field of daycare centre construction in Finland. With our partners, we have already constructed more than 10 log-built daycare centres across the country, and more are on the way. We invest in log-built daycare centres as a response to the growing need for daycare facilities with clean indoor air and buildings with minimal carbon footprint. Our log-built daycare centres enable children to enjoy fresh indoor air, good acoustics and the calm, peaceful atmosphere created by solid wood elements.

Why do we build new daycare centres with logs?

Our goal is to provide children with comprehensively good days at daycare. This involves ensuring the cleanness of indoor air and the high-quality of structures. We wish to provide the children and our staff with pleasant and healthy premises. We respond to these needs by combining modern engineering and architecture with traditional building materials. The breathable walls of our sustainable daycare centres built with non-settling log provide safe, pleasant and hypoallergenic settings for both play and rest.

“By constructing log-built daycare centres, we concretise our idea of providing children with good learning environments now and in the future.”

As building quality has direct effects on everyday life, there is a strong demand for health-promoting construction in the public sector. On this video, Teemu Rantakangas from Honkarakenne and Pilke Daycare Centres CEO Minna Martikainen discuss log-built daycare centres:

What is it like to work in a log-built daycare centre? On this video, Liisa Arfman, Manager of Pilke’s nature-oriented daycare centre Kanerva, shares her experiences:

Both children and adults feel at home in our log-built daycare centres.

CEO Minna Martikainen: The first thing I noticed was the lovely scent

What inspired the idea about log-built daycare centres? On her first visit to a log-built daycare centre, Pilke Daycare Centres CEO Minna Martikainen was so impressed by the atmosphere created by solid wood elements that the idea about Pilke’s own new buildings was immediately conceived.

“Over 20 years of experience in the sector have taught me what a daycare centre lobby smells like on a rainy day. To my surprise, I wasn’t greeted by the familiar, stuffy odour of waterproof dungarees when we entered the log building, but my attention was caught by the lovely scent of log. We walked along the hallway and entered the canteen. There the soundscape was oddly pleasant in comparison to what I was used to. Imagine a daycare centre full of hungry children waiting for lunch. I assure you the volume can be quite something! But here it was so quiet that I thought some of the children were absent. However, this was not the case. Instead, the log elements absorb sound, which was immediately noticeable. In addition to the pleasant acoustics and fresh indoor air, my attention was drawn to the peaceful, cosy atmosphere.

Surely the log elements are elegant to look at, but it was the other sensory perceptions that encouraged me to find out whether Pilke could start constructing log-built daycare centres. Consequently, Pilke’s first log-built daycare centre was opened in the municipality of Aura in August 2017. Since then, we have constructed a dozen more, including the nature-oriented daycare centres Solmu and Kuura in Saarijärvi and Kontiolahti and the music-oriented daycare centre Nuotti in Siilinjärvi, all of which were opened in August 2020. The science-oriented daycare centre Pilke Kaste, which is one of Finland’s first public buildings that aims at carbon neutrality, was opened in Kirkkonummi at the start of 2021.

By constructing log-built daycare centres, we can concretise our idea of providing children with good learning environments now and in the future, even though a daycare centre is much more than just walls.”

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Pilke’s partners in constructing log-built daycare centres

Pilke’s partners in log building include Mediset Hoivarakentajat Oy, a company specialised in the turnkey construction of sensory-friendly log buildings particularly for the care sector, and Honkarakenne Ltd which has long experience of log building and related product development.

Non-settling log is Honkarakenne’s innovation that modernises log building. It can easily be combined with other contemporary building materials, and it enables improved air, humidity and sound insulation. Furthermore, building with non-settling log is now faster and more cost-effective than before. Log-built daycare centres constructed by Honkarakenne comply with the Honka Healthy House concept.

Scientifically proven health benefits

Not only do most people find log elements pleasing to the senses, but the health benefits of log structures are also backed up by plenty of research data. Log walls optimise indoor humidity, increasing breathability. Log eliminates mould risks and has anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic characteristics. Read more at the Honkarakenne website: Log is a natural building material (linked text in Finnish). The calming effect of wooden building materials have also inspired an abundance of research. In addition to calming the mind, it has been proven that staying at a log-built house lowers the heart rate (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland). Thus, it is no wonder that naps feel so good at a log-built daycare centre!

Common vision on responsible daycare centre construction

Log building is both a current and a future trend. The modern, healthy and adaptable premises of a log-built day care centre are designed for the building’s users.

How large is a log-built daycare centre’s carbon footprint? How to build a healthy daycare centre that fosters well-being? How do we realise our social responsibility and promote domestic work? Honkarakenne, Mediset and Pilke representatives answer these questions among many others. Download and read our guide!

Pilke’s log-built daycare centres are satisfying to employees and families too

The feedback CEO Minna Martikainen has received on Pilke’s log-built daycare centres has been almost exclusively positive. In her opinion, the new daycare centre buildings have inspired taking a new approach to creating the entire learning environment. “There have been changes to the national core curricula, including those concerning early childhood education. In the new premises, we have been able to take the changes into account and design our space use already during the construction stage,” she explains.

Martikainen says that she has received a lot of general feedback on the daycare centres’ atmosphere. “For example, in the client feedback provided during the first year of our Aura daycare centre’s operation, parents told us that their children fell ill with the flu less often than in their previous daycare centres.”

In addition to client feedback based on experiences and feelings, we find it important to collect research data. For example, we participate in an extensive innovation project with Metropolia University of Applied Sciences students of building services engineering, civil engineering and public health nursing. The project will provide us with data on various fields’ actors’ experiences about our log-built daycare centres,” Martikainen continues.

Jaana Rainio, Manager of two log-built daycare centres, the nature-oriented daycare centres Verso in Jyväskylä and Tähtiniitty in Laukaa, has noticed that many employees have highlighted their wish to work at a log-built daycare centre already when applying for work.

“Early childhood educators value functional premises and clean indoor air. Experiences on air quality have been highly positive at our log-built daycare centres,” Rainio explains.

In addition to fresh indoor air and functional facilities, Pilke personnel have praised the log buildings’ general atmosphere and acoustics. “The log elements contribute to good mood. Wood creates a peaceful and cosy feeling. Sound travels more softly and free of echoes in the log-built premises,” says Elina Kutila, Manager of the Janakkala-based sports-oriented daycare centre Ilveslinna.

“Many parents consider log-built daycare centres an appealing alternative.”

– Jaana Rainio, Daycare Centre Manager at Pilke

Today, parents are increasingly interested to know what their children’s daycare centres are like and what building materials were used when building them. Similarly to our employees, many families have admired the log buildings’ pleasant atmosphere right at the door. “When families visit our daycare centre, they often say that the air feels good to breathe. They notice the scent of wood right away,” says Kutila.

Read more about Pilke’s log-built daycare centres and apply for a place in early childhood education in them!

Science-oriented daycare centre Pilke Hehku

Science-oriented daycare centre Pilke Hehku opens in a brand-new log building in the Klaukkala residential area of Vanha-Klaukka in January 2022. However, the daycare centre operation starts in substitute premises at the address Kuusitie 4, 01840 Klaukkala already in August 2021.

Manager Andrea Vanhanen
Tel. 050 359 6815

Kuusitie 4,
01840 Klaukkala

Sports-oriented daycare centre Huippu

Sports-oriented daycare centre Huippu opened in a new log-building on Riihitie Street in Orivesi in August 2021. The daycare centre has 72 places for children aged 0–5 years. In the ecological log building, children and early childhood educators get to enjoy fresh indoor air, good acoustics and the calm, peaceful atmosphere created by solid wood elements

Manager Riitta Pajunen
tel. 040 514 7568

Riihitie 4
35100 Orivesi

ICEC Kauniainen

An ICEC English-language daycare center opened in August 2021 in a new building in Kauniainen at Kasavuorentie 6, 02700 Kauniainen. With 30 years of experience, private ICEC daycare centers provide quality early childhood and pre-school education in English. The ICEC daycare centers follows both the Finnish national early childhood education plan and the English EYFS curricula. The daycare center’s activities emphasize children’s creativity, play, multiculturalism, and inclusive learning.

Manager Mariangela Bizzo
tel. 040 5161 796

Kasavuorentie 6
02700 Kauniainen

Science-oriented daycare centre Pilke Kaste

Pilke Kaste provides high-quality child-centred early childhood education and care for children aged 0–5 years in a welcoming log-built daycare centre. Based on the families’ interests, we provide an opportunity for language-enriched early education in Swedish.

Manager Katja Jukka
Tel. 040 615 2410

Vapaaherrantie 1
02450 Sundsberg

Pilke’s music-oriented daycare centre Nuotti

Music-oriented daycare centre Pilke Nuotti opened in Siilinjärvi in August 2020. The music-oriented daycare centre’s objective is to provide the children with musical experiences, capacities and skills as well as experiences of learning and success. We also encourage the children to start longer-term musical hobbies.

Manager Maiju Kauppinen
Tel. 040 619 5857

Linnuntie 4,
71800 Siilinjärvi

Pilke science-oriented daycare centre Pikkukarhu

Pilke’s science-oriented daycare centre Pikkukarhu opened in a brand-new log building on Ojahaanpolku Street in the Vantaa district of Myyrmäki in August 2018. Pikkukarhu provides high-quality child-centred early childhood education and care for children aged 0–5 years at a warm-spirited daycare centre with 75 daycare places. The natural science-orientation has been recorded in the daycare centre’s early childhood education and care curriculum, and it is implemented in various ways in the daycare centre’s everyday operation.

Manager Ulla Keskinen
Tel. 040 905 2925

Ojahaanpolku 10
01600 Vantaa

Pilke Aarteiden Talo

Art-oriented daycare centre Pilke Aarteiden Talo operates in an ecological log building where the children and early childhood educators get to enjoy fresh indoor air, good acoustics and the calm, peaceful atmosphere created by solid wood elements.

Manager Sanna Koivuniemi
Puh. 040 905 2928

Korkinporras 1

Nature-Oriented daycare centre Pilke Tähtiniitty

Pilke’s nature-oriented daycare centre Tähtiniitty opened in a beautiful log building in Kuhamäki, Laukaa, in August 2018. Tähtiniitty provides high-quality child-centred early childhood education and care for children aged 0–6 years at a warm-spirited daycare centre with 100 daycare places, and our services also include pre-primary education.

ManagerJaana Rainio
Tel. 040 457 3955

Kuhamäenkatu 7
41330 Vihtavuori

Pilke arts-oriented daycare centre Väinämöinen

Art-oriented daycare centre Pilke Väinämöinen opened in a new log building in Hämeenkyrö in August 2019. In the ecological log building, children and early childhood educators get to enjoy fresh indoor air, good acoustics and the calm, peaceful atmosphere created by solid wood elements.

Manager Milla Laakso
tel. 040 457 8946

Koulukatu 28
39200 Kyröskoski

Pilke science-oriented daycare centre Siru

Pilke’s science-oriented daycare centre Siru opened in the Espoo district of Lintuvaara in a new log building in August 2019. In the ecological log building, children and early childhood educators get to enjoy fresh indoor air, good acoustics and the calm, peaceful atmosphere created by solid wood elements.

Manager Vera Tarvonen
Tel. 040 9052 695

Lintukorpi 16
02660 Espoo