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Art-oriented daycare centre Pilke Valo

Let’s get creative!


Aamunkajot (0-3y.)
tel. 040 457 1426

Päivänsäteet (0-3y.)
tel. 040 457 1424

Sateenkaaret (3-5y.)
tel. 040 457 1425

Salamat (3-5y.)
tel. 040 457 1427

tel. 040 4571429


The client fee is equal to that of municipal early childhood education and care. Service voucher and daycare hours may affect to the fee.

Opening hours

Mon – Fri 6-18 (as necessary)


Apply for a service voucher on the website of the City of Kuopio. Please fill Pilke’s daycare application form.

Art-oriented daycare centre Pilke Valo opened in Saaristokaupunki, Kuopio, in August 2018

Pilke’s art-oriented daycare centre Valo opened in a new building on Paloniementie Street in Saaristokaupunki in August 2018. Valo provides high-quality child-centred early childhood education and care for children aged 0–5 years at a warm-spirited daycare centre with 120 daycare places.

Education at daycare centre Valo emphasises arts. The purpose of the art and expression-orientation is to foster the children’s creativity, curiosity and experimental attitude. The various forms of artistic expression are implemented in the daycare centre’s everyday operation through visual, verbal and bodily expression. Our activities also include music and drama as well as trips to museums and exhibitions whenever possible.

In addition, we naturally reserve time for other versatile activities, such as singing, making trips, handicraft and painting, not to forget sufficient daily rest. Everyday pedagogy is part of every moment of the daycare centre’s operation. It is present in pausing to wonder things together; counting peas in the salad bowl or experimenting with colours when painting. We value each unhurried moment we get to spend conversating, playing or just being silly while exploring the world together.

Family café events are organised at daycare centre Valo on Mondays at 14-16.30.  The family café is an open meeting place for children and adults of all ages. The event’s activities include pleasant, relaxed time together, coffee for the parents and games for the children. You don’t have to sign up for the family café. Feel free to join us whenever your schedule allows. Welcome!




Driving instruction:
Drive through Keilanrinteenkatu street.

Contact information


Manager Tuukka Tuomela
Tel. 040 457 3950

Paloniementie 4
70840 Kuopio

Kitchen tel. 040 450 6222

Apply for Pilke Valo

Fill Pilke’s daycare application form.

Apply for a service voucher on the website of the City of Kuopio.

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!”