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Peppi & Bobby
“At first it was exciting to be in the morning circle when they asked “Where is Elina?” and I answered that “Here I am.” Now English is quite easy and I like speaking it.”– Elina, 6 yrs
Peppi & Bobby Daycare Centre became part of Pilke on August 1, 2016. At the same time, the daycare centre moved from Orelinkatu to their brand new building in Vikkulankatu. The new premises have 120 daycare places for children aged 10 months—6 years. Peppi & Bobby is a bilingual daycare centre with both Finnish and English groups. For children over 3 years old there are three English groups and one Finnish group; both groups for the under 3 years olds are Finnish.
In Peppi & Bobby the educators use a lot of fairy tales and storycrafting which serve to listening to the children and making them participate. Experimenting and doing together create shared positive experiences. Children take an active part in planning the operation and carrying it out. The days in daycare consist of safe routines and repetitive timetable with focus on the child.
Daycare in English
There are three English groups, two for children aged 3—5 years and one for 5—6 year olds with pre-primary education. The everyday routines take place in English, otherwise the things are similar to other daycare centres. Using a foreign language in everyday situations is fun, and small children adopt the second language faster than we can imagine. The children’s own readiness is taken into account and they are always understood.
Peppi & Bobby pre-primary school
In Peppi & Bobby pre-primary school things are learnt through functional methods and projects.
In the English pre-primary school 80 % of the pre-primary teaching takes place in English and 20 % in Finnish. This prepares the child to school in a variety of ways and encourages the use of English even in future.
All units producing early childhood education services are approved by the municipality/city and our operations are supervised regularly. We follow the law of early childhood education and the nationwide early childhood education plan.
English group for the 5—6 years olds Busytown
English group for the 3—5 years olds Greendale
English group for the 3—5 years olds Noisy Village
Finnish group for the 3—5 years olds Huvikumpu
Finnish group for the under 3 years olds Tassula
Finnish group for the under 3 years olds Kissankulma
The daycare fee is at its highest the same as in the municipal daycare.
Peppi & Bobby is a private service voucher daycare centre. Apply for the service voucher on the town of Nokia website, and for the daycare place fill in the Pilke Daycare application.
Mon—Fri 6.15—17:15 (6.15am—5.15pm) (as necessary)
How are the daycare centres open in the summer?
The daycare centres are open as usual in June and in August. July is the holiday season, but daycare is provided when necessary. Ask the manager of the daycare centre for details on July opening hours.
Must the children take a nap in the daycare centre?
Sleeping is not obligatory, but everybody must rest after lunch and listen to the stories or peaceful music.
How do the daycare centre and parents keep contact with each other?
Before the daycare begins, the parents and the staff will arrange to meet. Everyday meetings in connection with bringing and collecting the child are an important part of catching up with the child's news. Other forms of contact are phones, text messages and emails. All daycare centres also have notice boards which are worth checking. The daycare centres also arrange regular parents' evenings and other events, not to forget the annual early childhood education talks.
What does the language immersion mean?
Pilke language-immersion daycare centres provide an early total immersion (varhainen täydellinen kielikylpy/språkbad). The immersion starts at the age of 3—5 years. The language immersion is meant for children whose mother tongue is other than the immersion language.
In the language immersion children adopt the new language in a safe environment while playing, singing, chanting nursery rhymes, theme working and doing everyday chores.
The educators speak consistently only the immersion language to the children, but they do understand also their mother tongue. Communication is supported by body language, facial expressions, gestures, intonation, pictures and so on. The children may use their mother tongue but they are encouraged to use more and more of the immersion language. The parents don't need to understand the immersion language since parents' duty is to strengthen the development of their child's mother tongue.
Everyday routines in a language-immersion daycare centre are very similar to those in a Finnish-language daycare centre. The day consists of playtimes, outdoor activities, mealtimes, circle times and other guided activities. Routines are very important for language immersion, they create safety and help the child to guess and to deduce the contents of the message.
The goal of the language-immersion is functional bilingualism. The child learns to manage in the immersion language in the daycare centre, school and everyday situations. Language immersion also prepares the child for learning other languages.
What does a language shower mean?
A language shower is a lighter version of language immersion. In language showering the language is learnt in addition to everyday tasks especially by songs, games, rhymes and everyday phrases. The language showering group can include children with English/Finnish as their mother tongue or children who are already bilingual.
What does outsourced daycare mean?
Outsourcing means that the municipality purchases the production of the daycare service from a private service provider for a certain length of time. The service providers are chosen by competitive bidding organized by the municipality at certain intervals. The municipality provides the daycare premises for the service provider. The municipality chooses the children on the basis of the applications and the families pay the municipal daycare fee. The selected service provider employs the staff and provides the daycare service according to the contract with the municipality. The municipality monitors the daycare services regularly.
A Typical Day
|7:00||The doors of the daycare centre open. Welcome! We begin the day hugging and holding the children on our laps and chatting softly. Then little by little the children move on to play.|
|8:00-8:30||It's breakfast time.|
|8:30-||Pre-primary education classes begin|
|9:00–10:00||Guided activities in groups according to the themes|
|After lunch it's nap time. The smaller children sleep and the bigger ones rest and listen to fairy tales. After resting it's time for quiet play and other activities before the snack.|
|12:30||Pre-primary education classes finish.|
|14:30||Playing with friends.|
|about 15:30||We go outdoors little by little.|
|17:00||The doors of the daycare centre close and we say bye-bye, see you tomorrow.|
|The daily routines at the daycare centre 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.|