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Pilke Maria Montessori

Playing and creative activities


tel. 040 905 2924
tel. 045 773 45312


Full daycare (9h) 335€

Part-time daycare (7h) 245€

Full daycare for preschool 201€

Part-time in preschool 147€
(preschool is free of charge 4h a day)


The City of Espoo also pays a sibling supplement

Opening hours

Mon–Fri 7-17 (as necessary)

How to apply

If you wish your child to receive a place in early childhood education and care at Maria Montessori, please fill Pilke’s daycare application form.

Pilke Maria Montessori daycare centre focuses on Montessori pedagogy in Olari, Espoo

Pilke Maria Montessori is an Espoo-based private daycare centre which was established in 1985. The daycare centre provides children aged 3–6 years with high-quality early childhood education and care based on Montessori pedagogy. Depending on the child’s stage of development, two and a half years old children may also be admitted. We aim to compose our small groups so that each group has a balanced number of 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-year-old boys and girls. This allows older children, some of whom are siblings, to share their skills, knowledge and experience with their younger peers. This operation model enables a natural and homelike form of learning. Children are allowed to choose their activities and do things at their own pace based on their stage of development either individually or in groups.

Montessori pedagogy respects and values children. According to its principles, children should be provided the right to act as children and individuals. Italian pedagogue Maria Montessori observed that children become interested in certain things at certain periods which she named sensitive periods. Montessori education takes account of each child’s personality which is developed through interaction and participation. In a way, children are considered to create themselves.

At Pilke Maria Montessori, we support the children’s creativity which is allowed to develop in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. Creativity is supported by all experiences that arouse the interest and curiosity of a child. Artistic activities, such as music, visual arts, literature and drama, are a natural part of the daycare centre’s everyday life, and they are treated as an entity rather than separate learning areas. Each child expresses and fulfils themselves in their own unique way. The daycare centre has a weekly instructed arts day, the purpose of which is to stimulate independent artistic activities. Everyday life at Pilke Maria Montessori also involves physical exercise, music activities and mealtime – not to forget sufficient daily rest. We often make trips to nearby nature, theatres, museums and exhibitions.


Contact information


Manager Tiia Hongisto
Tel. 050 581 4329

Daycare centre tel. 050 365 3246

Kuunsäde 2 C
02210 Espoo

Apply for the daycare centre

Fill in Pilke daycare application form

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!”