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Science-oriented daycare centre Pilke Otava
Flashes of genius and experiences of success!
tel 040 4578 978
tel 040 4578 976
tel 040 4578 977
tel 040 6438 094
The client fee is equal to that of municipal early childhood education and care.
Mon-Fri 6-18 (as necessary)
Apply for a service voucher on the website of the City of Lahti. Please fill Pilke’s daycare application form.
Science-oriented daycare centre Pilke Otava opened in an ecological log building in Lahti in August 2019
In August 2019, Pilke opened a daycare centre in a new log building in Lahti. In the ecological log-built daycare centre, children and early childhood educators get to enjoy fresh indoor air, good acoustics and the calm, peaceful atmosphere created by solid wood elements.
The 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. For example, the play facilities are designed in a way that motivates and encourages exploration and experimentation. The daycare centre is equipped with a scientific play space where the young professors can conduct their studies with pipettes, loupes, test tubes and magnifying glasses among other fascinating instruments. Children’s play, creativity and the use of the senses are great platforms for practising scientific thinking that develops children’s memory and learning skills.
At the science-oriented daycare centre, we find it important that the children learn to discover and explore and are provided with experiences of success – without forgetting the significance of play. The activities are planned taking account of the children’s ages, interests and safe courses of action. We place emphasis on wondering and exploring new things together with the children. Our operation naturally includes also other versatile activities, such as singing, drama, handicraft and painting, not to forget sufficient daily rest.
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|
|15:30–17:15||Outdoor play and exploration|
|17:30||Playschool closes and we say “see you tomorrow!”|