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Nature-oriented daycare centre Pilke Kurki

Nature-oriented early childhood education in an ecological log building


Ketunleivät (0-3y.)
Tel. 040-450 6219

Lumpeenkukat (0-3y.)
Tel. 040-457 0336

Puna-apilat (3-5y.)
Tel. 040-450 6321

Kurjenkellot (3-5y.)
Tel. 040-450 6220

Metsätähdet (3-5 y.)
Tel. 040- 450 6218


The client fee is equal to that of municipal early childhood education and care.

Opening hours

Mon–Fri 6.30-17 (as necessary)

How to apply

Apply for a service voucher on the website of Municipality of Aura. Please fill Pilke’s daycare application form.

Families residing in nearby municipalities may also apply for a daycare place at Kurki if their municipality is part of the service voucher system.

Nature-oriented daycare centre Pilke Kurki opened in a beautiful, ecological log building in Aura in August 2017

Pilke’s nature-oriented daycare centre Kurki opened in a beautiful log building on Urpontie Street in Aura. The daycare centre has 84 places for children aged 0–6 years. Early childhood education at the daycare centre emphasises natural topics to provide the children with a positive attitude towards nature and a sustainable lifestyle.

At nature-oriented daycare centre Kurki, children participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, come rain or shine. The activities place emphasis on wondering and exploring various natural phenomena. The daycare centre’s operation is based on play, common activities and paying attention to the children’s ideas. Everyday phenomena experienced and perceived by the children form the cornerstone of learning. Imagination, recycling and the use of nature’s gifts as part of play and learning are an integral part of the daycare centre’s everyday operation. In the spring, the daycare centre applies garden pedagogy by establishing a greenhouse and a small garden for growing useful plants in the daycare centre yard.

The Aura-based daycare centre is the first unit Pilke established in a log building as a response to the strongly growing demand for daycare premises with clean indoor air. In the ecological log-built daycare centre, children get to enjoy fresh indoor air, good acoustics and the calm, peaceful atmosphere created by solid wood elements. The healthy environment is good for the senses and increases the everyday well-being of both the children and the educators.

The municipality decides on the organisation of pre-primary and after-school activities on a year-by-year basis depending on the number of children attending daycare.

Families residing in nearby municipalities may also apply for a daycare place at Kurki if their municipality is part of the service voucher system.




Contact information



Heidi Vainio

tel. 040 456 6993

Urpontie 6
21380 Aura

Apply for Pilke Kurki

Aura kansikuva
Fill Pilke’s daycare application form

Apply for a service voucher on the website of Municipality of Aura

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!”