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Pilke Playschool Westend
Celebrating 20 years of teaching in English!
To reach your child’s Teachers or for any information on your child’s day please call: tel. 046 878 4766!
After deducting the private day care allowance, the customer fee is 370€/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.
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.
With a 23 year history of providing Early Education Pilke Westend Playschool has now moved to a new bright and beautiful home for our community of families. We are now located in Haukilahti Shopping Center (Ukkohauentie 11-13, Espoo) close to forests, sports fields, public libraries and museums.
Our Playschool provides care for children 3 to 6 years old. We 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 2 hours per week.
Our curriculum follows the National Core for Early Childhood Education and Care from Finland and focuses on learning & growing through play and self expression. Following the children’s interests and enthusiasm for exploration and action is the basis of our activities.
We focus on the unique development of each child and the importance of a warm and nurturing learning environment. Excellent communication and cooperation with guardians as well as strong staff continuity has created a stable and joyful environment for children to grow and develop.
We celebrate many festivals and events throughout the year and provide an inclusive environment for our diverse and multicultural families. We care about the personal, social and emotional well-being and growth of each unique child. We want to learn the best way to develop their individual strengths and help to create confident, relaxed children who have friends and an “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!
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!”|