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Nature-oriented daycare centre Taikaniitty
A positive attitude towards nature and a sustainable lifestyle!
tel. 040 710 7794
tel. 040 457 0654
The client fee as its highest is 299 €/month. Service voucher and daycare hours may affect to the fee.
Pilke Taikaniitty is a private service voucher daycare centre. Apply for a service voucher on the website of the City of Ylivieska. Please fill Pilke’s daycare application form.
Taikaniitty is an At Home in Nature daycare centre for 28 children in Pyörreperä, Ylivieska
The nature-oriented daycare centre Taikaniitty provides early childhood education and care for children aged 1–5 years. We offer safe and child-centred early education in a versatile, homelike environment that enables learning with all senses. The children get to wonder, explore and observe their surroundings in interaction with the educators.
The At Home in Nature operation involves participating in unhurried activities, making nature trips three times a week and playing in nature without manufactured toys. We spend several hours outdoors every day, and many of our educational activities take place in the yard or the forest. In the daycare centre yard, the children have the opportunity to participate in designing the play activities and environment. We have a small vegetable garden, and we make soil for the yard plants from our kitchen waste. Our childcarers have completed environment educator studies, and they provide the children with exciting experiences, such as outdoor mealtimes and naps in the yard lean-to or in hammocks in a forest.
Taikaniitty has been awarded with the Finnish Outdoor Association’s Metsämörri quality label and the Flavour Alphabet Diploma. Read more about the Flavour Alphabet here (in Finnish).
Small group activities
Our small group and At Home in Nature activities increase the interaction among the children and between the children and the educators. Everyday pedagogy is an essential part of the unhurried days at the daycare centre. We engage in nature activities in small groups, and the daycare centre has been granted permission to use the neighbouring unoccupied yard as a place to observe natural phenomena.
Children aged 1–2 years spend unhurried everyday life in their own small group. Intimacy and storytelling activities are important for the youngest children at the daycare centre, and we ensure that they always have a safe lap to sit on, if needed. Our everyday operation provides them with opportunities for independent activities and self-initiative both indoors and outdoors. As manual skills are important for all children, we allow 1–2-year-olds, too, to participate in handicraft activities under our educators’ instruction. Our outdoor activities provide the youngest group with the opportunity to walk and move independently, and we practise moving in nature in both small groups and with the older children.
Children aged 3 years are already familiar with the everyday routines. They build puzzles enthusiastically and develop their manual skills through various everyday activities. The energetic children also play outdoors and participate in forest trips eagerly. They sometimes participate in exciting trips to the local recycling point. However, for a three-year-old, a good day at daycare might sometimes still require more personal time and space. In that case, our flexible educators adapt the activities taking account of the children’s needs.
Children aged 4–5 years show example for the younger children in various activities, such as good table manners and waste sorting. These skilful learners engage in long-lasting play, and they can already come up with their own games in the yard and during forest trips. With the older children, we sometimes spend the mealtime in the forest and take a nap in hammocks. In the daycare centre yard, we utilise waste materials in games based on the children’s ideas. The imaginative children turn the treasures they have found in the forest, nature or the recycling point into magnificent pieces of art.
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!”|