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Pilke nature-oriented daycare centre Pihlajarinne

We are like a small village!


Leppäkertut (1-2 y) 
tel. 040 7679 717

Sisiliskot (3-4 y)
tel. 040 5154 910

Jänikset (5-6 y)
tel. 040 5154 920


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 6.30-17 (as necessary)


Pihlajarinne 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.

Nature-oriented daycare centre Pilke Pihlajarinne is surrounded by good outdoor environments in Espoo

Pilke Pihlajarinne is an outsourced daycare centre located in a verdant residential area in northern Espoo by Ring III (Kehä III). The region is characterised by a village-like atmosphere, and the families often live close to the daycare centre. Nevertheless, Espoo Centre and the district of Leppävaara are easily accessible via excellent transport connections. The daycare unit is in the vicinity of refreshing outdoor environments and parks.

The daycare centre’s premises are spacious and bright, and the large yard enables versatile activities. We spend time in active small groups which make use of all of the daycare centre’s facilities. Daycare centre Pihlajarinne also provides pre-primary education.

Nature is an integral part of our operation, and we make weekly trips to the nearby parks and forests. We value the children’s ideas and take them into account in our operation. We also arrange time for long-lasting play which we consider an essential form of learning.





Contact information


Manager Hanna Viilomaa
Puh. 040 457 1787

Ollaksentie 21
02940 ESPOO

Apply for the daycare centre

Apply for a place in early childhood education and care on the City of Espoo’s website.

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!”