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Pilke Käpälämäki

Happiness and the joy of play!


Töpöhännät (1-2y.) 
tel. 040 458 9265

Vauhtiviikset (3-5y.)
tel.  044 768 9581


The client fee is  319 €/month. Service voucher and daycare hours may affect to the fee.

Opening hours

Mon–Fri 7-17 (as necessary)


Apply for a service voucher daycare place on the website of the City of Vantaa and fill in the Pilke’s Daycare application form.

Pilke Käpälämäki is a small, homelike daycare centre in Hiekkaharju, Vantaa

Pilke Käpälämäki is a small, homelike daycare centre for 28 children close to the Hiekkaharju railway station in Vantaa. At Käpälämäki, each child is accepted as a unique individual. The children are allowed to grow and develop at their own pace while the educators listen to them and provide them with plenty of time, affection and encouragement. Our humorous atmosphere ensures that every day is a good day for the children.

Our objective is to ensure that the children are provided with a healthy everyday life filled with the joy of play, learning and intimacy. We apply a solution-based, child-centred approach in which each child is considered an active individual and learner. Our inspiration and courage to explore new methods guide us to provide the best early learning.


Contact information



Anni Vesalainen
tel. 040 4566 503

Heinätie 5
01350 VANTAA

Apply for Pilke Käpälämäki

Fill Pilke’s daycare application form

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

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!”