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Pilke Aurinkorinne

Active and creative daycare centre!


Menninkäiset (0-3 y)
Tel. 045 773 48 567

Päivänsäteet (3-5v y)
Tel. 045 773 48 568

Tähtitaivas (3-5 y) 
Tel. 045 773 48 569


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

The daycare centre participates in the City of Espoo’s trial in which 20 weekly hours of early childhood education and care are offered for five-year-olds free of charge. Please inquire for further details from the daycare centre manager.

Opening hours

Mon–Fri 7-17 (as necessary)

How to apply

Aurinkorinne is an outsourced daycare centre of the City of Espoo. Apply for a place in early childhood education and care on the City of Espoo’s website..

Pilke Aurinkorinne is surrounded by nature in Mankkaa

Pilke Aurinkorinne is located in the Espoo district of Mankkaa close to good transport connections. The daycare centre operates in a peaceful environment whose closeness to nature encourages children to explore the natural surroundings, to exercise and to engage in various artistic activities.

Our high-quality early childhood education and care involves genuine and active attendance as well as consideration of the children’s emotions and ideas. The daycare centre’s positive and encouraging early childhood educators support the development of the child’s compassion, enthusiasm and participation. We engage in small group activities in which our educators form child groups on the basis of pedagogical principles. Small groups allow us to encounter the children and consider their needs individually and to ensure high-quality interaction.

At Pilke Aurinkorinne, each child participates actively in the planning and implementation of their activities. We treat children as active individuals whose participation in the activities and

planning provide them with experiences of having sufficient skills, a meaningful role and responsibility in the community. Our daycare centre provides the children with an open and communal learning environment where they can realise their creativity. We constantly develop the learning environment to meet each child’s growth and learning objectives, and the children participate in building the learning environment.

We often make excursions to the close environment; nearby forests, playgrounds, various sports facilities, theatres and libraries offer new, exciting everyday learning experiences.


Contact information

Johtajankuva Mika


Mika Järvenpää

Tel. 040 456 6226

Vanhan-Mankkaankuja 2 D
02180 ESPOO

Apply for a placement in the daycare centre

päiväkoti espoo mankkaa
Apply for daycare on the website of the City of Espoo

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!”