Pilke science-oriented daycare centre Hokaus

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Science-oriented daycare centre Hokaus

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tel. 040 450 6251

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tel. 040 457 1581


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

Opening hours

Mon–Fri 6:30–17 (as necessary)


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

Pilke Hokaus provides science-oriented daycare services in Vuores, Tampere

Pilke’s science-oriented daycare centre Hokaus opened in the Tampere district of Vuores in 1 August 2016. The new, modern district which combines closeness to nature, high-quality architecture, environmental friendliness, top-notch technology and small-town services provides a fitting setting for the daycare unit whose operation emphasises natural sciences. After the daycare centre’s extension was opened in October 2017, the unit’s capacity increased to 141 daycare places for children aged 0–6 years.

Hokaus’ science-orientation has been recorded in our early childhood education and care curriculum. On a weekly basis, the children participate in science groups in which they wonder and explore natural phenomena with their peers in accordance with their interests. The exploration of phenomena is an educational form of play that provides children with experiences of success. The children can make discoveries in the daycare centre’s scientific play room which is equipped with exploration instruments, such as loupes, magnifying glasses, pipettes, a microscope and a light pad. The science activities are planned taking note of the children’s ages, interests and safe courses of action. Our early childhood educators develop and evaluate methods for exploring natural sciences and plan the science-oriented operation so that it forms a holistic part of the 1–6-year-old children’s self-expression and activities.

At Hokaus, the educators attend to the children in a genuine manner and maintain a close connection to the parents. For us, it is important that the children are seen and heard during their play and learning activities. Our play environments have been built in a way that motivates and encourages exploration and experimentation. The spacious daycare centre yard enables various games and activities. Our yard area also includes a small stretch of forest bulging with interesting exploration opportunities and exciting spots for play.




Contact information



Kirsi Kurkinen

Tel. 040 9053 690


Mäyränmäenkatu 2
33720 Tampere

Apply for Pilke Hokaus

Fill Pilke’s daycare application form

Apply for a service voucher on the website of the City of Tampere

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!”