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Pilke Playschool Tapiola

Learning English is fun!


`Nest“ room:

Bunnies (2-3 y)
tel. 040 901 3197

Squirrels (3-4 y)
tel. 043 211 3307

`Tree“ room:

Foxes (4-5 y)
tel. 046 878 4767

Pre-school (6 y)
tel. 040 901 3198


After deducting the private day care allowance, the customer fee is 395€/month. Ask the day care manager about our sibling discount.

The playschool is part of Espoo city’s experiment for free-of-charge 20 hours of early childhood education per week for 5 years old children. Ask more information from the playschool manager.

Opening hours

Mon—Fri 7.30—17.30 (7.30am—5.30pm) (as necessary)


Fill in the Pilke Daycare application.

It all starts with a warm smile in the morning, lots of fun and fresh air, a safe and enriching environment and gentle care.

Pilke Playschool Tapiola is located in Espoo Tapiola, close nature, parks, public library and museum. We are within walking distance of Urheilunpuisto metro station, providing good links to Helsinki and other areas in Espoo. Our Playschool cater to children aged 2 to 6. We also are an Espoo City approved Pre-school that provides holistic pre-primary education in English while also simultaneously supporting Finnish language development through our “Suomi Klubi” which is incorporated in our curriculum twice a week.

Our curriculum follows the National Core for Early Childhood Education and Care from Finland and puts a strong emphasis on playful learning. Our days are filled with wonderful discoveries, stories and versatile activities that follow the children’s interest. We encourage them to develop ownership of their learning environment and support them in developing their self-confidence, social and emotional skills. We believe that children should have the opportunity to express their creativity while being active participant in their learning journey with us. We focus on the unique development of each child and the importance of a warm and nurturing learning environment.

Pilke Playschool Tapiola is a multicultural environment and we celebrate various festivals and events throughout the year. We feel that by exposing children to a variety of cultures, we help them develop into eager and curious citizens of the world. We have over 20 years of teaching experience in English, but that is not the only important reason guardians recommend us and continue to send siblings. We care about the personal, social and emotional of each individual child. We want to learn the best way to develop their strengths and help creating confident, relaxed children who have friends and a “I can do it!” attitude.

Let’s use what your child loves as the way to help them to make friends, be confident, explore the world and have fun – and let’s do it in English!


English language


Tapiola Playschool has the Flavour Alphabet Diploma. The Flavour Alphabet Diploma is a recognition for kindergartens that work for nutritional, educational and ecological sustainable eating.

Contact information



Amandine Mäkelä

Tel. 0432 113 321

Kaskenkaatajantie 5
02100 Espoo

Apply for Pilke Playschool Tapiola

Fill in the Pilke daycare application

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!”