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Pilke Pohjantähti

At Pilke Pohjantähti, every child is a star!


WHALES p. 040 457 7546
DOLPHINS p. 040 458 9638
FOXES p. 040 458 9637
LIZARDS p. 040 457 7543
LYNXES p. 040 456 6439
UNICORNS p. 040 456 6440
SWANS p. 040 566 438
GIRAFFES p. 040 457 7545

EAGLES p. 040 457 7080


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 6.15 – 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.

At Pilke Pohjantähti, every child is a star!

The international daycare centre Pilke Pohjantähti is located on Mesikukantie Street in Koivuhaka, Vantaa. Pohjantähti provides extensive bilingual early childhood education in Finnish and English at a warm-spirited daycare centre.

“Pohjantähti” is the Finnish name for Polaris, the northern pole star. It is the brightest star of Ursa Minor, also known as the Little Bear constellation. The stars have inspired us to name our group for younger children Little Bears and the group for older children Great Bears (Ursa Major). Little Bears is divided further into the shining small groups of Swans, Lynxes and Foxes, and Great Bears into the radiant small groups of Dragons, Unicorns and Eagles.


English language


Contact information



Ringa Koskinen

Tel. 040 457 7077


KITCHEN: 0404589636


Mesikukantie 13
01300 Vantaa

Apply for Pilke Pohjantähti

Fill Pilke’s daycare application form

Apply for a service voucher from Vantaa website

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!”