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The heart of Pilke’s early childhood education, childcare and after-school club activities is formed by the company’s good day makers, that is, over 2,000 early childhood education professionals whose aim is to provide children with a good day, every day.

In pursuit of the best way to support growth and learning, we build our work community through an active approach, professional skill, solid early childhood education pedagogy, guaranteed participation of children, adaptable learning environments and encouraging, motivational human resources management.

Pilke’s professionals provide children with a good day – every day.


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Do you have questions about employment at Pilke? We will gladly tell you how we make every day a good day for children. Don’t hesitate to contact us! You can contact the Pilke daycare centre managers of your area or the regional coordinators of after-school club activities.

Our Human Resource Manager Reija Ketoja works at Pilke’s Vantaa office. You can contact her via telephone or email.

Human Resource Manager
Reija Ketoja

We take good care of our employees

Pilke’s employees, or good day makers, take good care of children, and our job as a company is to guarantee the well-being of our employees. At Pilke, the daycare centre tasks are assigned among early childhood educators, daycare assistants and managers so that everyone has time to focus on performing their job to the best of their abilities.

We encourage our employees to work creatively, freely and independently, contributing to the creation of dream jobs.

We have faith in our good day makers. Pilke stands by its employees as we know that children’s good days are made by active adults.

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Pilke performs the world’s most important work in accordance with high standards.

Pilke as an employer

At Pilke, we support the development and well-being of our employees in various ways. For example, we prepare an occupational well-being plan annually to support the personnel’s coping at work.

We actively monitor our employees’ satisfaction. In the most recent personnel survey, Pilke’s score was 4.02/5. Satisfied and healthy employees provide the highest quality service for the children. According to the customer family survey carried out in 2019, Pilke’s recommendation index number was 4.32 on a scale from 1 to 5.

Pilke has been granted the ISO 9001:2015 quality certificate as a proof of the company’s quality management system meeting the standard’s requirements. Therefore, we can safely say that Pilke’s capacity to provide children with good days is well-proven!

The Association for Finnish Work has awarded Pilke with the Key Flag Symbol as a recognition for services produced in Finland and for the creation of Finnish jobs.

Pilke as an employer

We value our competent early childhood educators and strive for being a good employer. Thus, we have summed up three ideals to guide our operation.

The three ideals of Pilke’s good day makers:

  1.  Quality. The working environment of Pilke’s active adults enables the provision of high-quality services every day. A good day maker is capable and inclined to encounter each child paying attention to their needs, honouring the family’s wishes and bringing the child up cooperatively. They endeavour to provide the child with a good environment to learn, wonder, present questions, play and grow.
  2. Encouragement and togetherness. Pilke’s employees are not alone with their responsibilities and demands. Pilke fosters an atmosphere of openness and a work culture based on sparring. We emphasise solution-centred operating methods and encourage our employees to make use of their strengths. We find it important to provide feedback and reward good work.
  3. Enrichment of work. A good day maker is an active, professional pedagogue who performs and develops their work ambitiously. Pilke’s employees can build their dream careers in accordance with the valid National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care and develop themselves through work guidance, for example. Pilke enables swift career progression for employees who want it.

Salary and employee benefits

We offer various benefits to our employees. At Pilke, competent employees’ careers can progress swiftly, and we provide recognition, feedback and rewards for good work in a proactive, reactive and timely manner.

We provide employees and teams with work guidance to support well-being and development as well as to build trust in the work community.

Pilke pays salaries in compliance with the Collective Agreement for the Private Social Services Sector. In addition, Pilke provides various supplements based on competence, performance and years of service.

Pilke employees’ benefits include:

1500 € Relocation allowance

Relocation allowance and help for finding an apartment for new employees who move over a long distance.

Bonus for serviceyears

Pilke offers bonus when working in Pilke for 10 y, 15y, 20y, 30y, 40y.

Sport and cultural vouchers

Sport and cultural vouchers and a workplace massage benefit.

Massage during working hours

Pilke offers a possibility to get a massage during working hours.

1000 € recruitment reward

rewards for tips that lead to recruitment.

300 e graduation bonus

We support you to graduate from school. You get a 300 e
graduation bonus.

Cheap lunch

Lunch at the workplace for €4,08.

25 % discount to client fee

A 25 percent discount to the client fee of employees’ children attending early childhood education at Pilke’s daycare centres.


30 % discount from Halti and Raiski shops.


Discount from park entry fees and birthday parties.


Scandic-discounts and Scandic Friends-benefits.


At least 15 % discount from
the  daily prices off Holiday Club -spa hotels,
Villas-rooms and holiday houses.

Pilke’s values convey the significance of our work

Pilke’s values explain how we perform our work and for whom. We implement our values through everyday activities while playing, learning, dressing waterproof dungarees, searching for lost mittens or giving a warm hug.


“Listening to an adult.” Nuutti, 6 years.
Safety comprises the physical, psychological and social learning and working environments. They cover the inspected and monitored daycare centre facilities and materials, common rules as well as the educators’ genuine interaction and attendance.


“That it’s foggy.” Dani, 6 years.
Each child is accepted as a unique individual. Parents, children and colleagues are respected and treated equally. Self-respect is also valued. We place emphasis on professional, confidential interaction between the personnel, parents and the children.


“Insect.” Luka, 6 years.
The educator’s role is to listen, give time and encourage. Our humorous atmosphere ensures that every day is a good day for the children. We encourage solution-centred working methods.


“That you know things.” Ella, 6 years.
Each child is considered an active individual and learner. The experience of participation and the opportunity to influence one’s surroundings help both children and adults commit themselves to the daycare centre’s everyday activities.


“That you get excited about a surprise.” Scarlett, 6 years.
The inspiration and courage to try and do things in a new way are the sources of innovation. The assessment and development of operating methods is part of our work culture.

Pedagogy and the concept of learning: education methods

The activities of Pilke’s daycare centres are always based on the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care (540/2018) and the National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care. In addition, our work is guided by municipal early childhood education and care curricula.

The framework of Pilke’s early childhood education and care:

Mirka Laaksonen

“At Pilke Daycare Centres, each child is considered an active knowledge builder who selects and interprets information independently. The child’s active participation is a crucial part of the learning process which is formed in interaction with the surroundings and results from the child’s own activity. Children structure new information based on their earlier experiences, knowledge and views. The learning material must be integrated with each child’s experiences and interests.

In order to learn, children must feel safe, well and happy. High-quality interaction relationships and positive emotional experiences enable children to act as unique individuals. Children are naturally curious, creative and active and familiarise with the surrounding world through play. Positive feedback maintains children’s motivation to learn and their image of themselves as learners. Learning must be fun and inspire children to learn more. Children participate in the learning process actively right from the start and shape it through their own activities and ideas.”

Head of Early Childhood Education, Mirka Laaksonen

Proper induction

We provide each new good day maker with induction training on their assignment and the daycare centre’s learning orientation. The induction training is provided during training days and via Pilke’s webinars. All of Pilke’s employees complete Pilke’s webinars on safety and early childhood education. We also offer designated induction training for our professional daycare assistants.

Daycare centre managers are provided with induction training at Pilke Academy, our own manager training, and they are tutored by the partner daycare centre’s manager and regional directors.

Training and competence building

As Pilke values professional skills in early childhood education and care, we organise continuing education for our employees on a regular basis. Furthermore, the employees of daycare centres with a specific learning orientation are provided with advanced training in the field of the orientation, for example, science or music.

We support active maintenance of skills and encourage studying and professional development in accordance with our Competence Building Plan. We reward employees for completing further studies. Pilke engages in cooperation with the University of Tampere and the University of Eastern Finland as well as the universities of applied sciences Laurea and Metropolia among other educational institutions.

Career stories: Pilke supports development and progression to more demanding assignment

Career stories: Pilke supports development and progression to more demanding assignment

Read more about Pilke’s professionals, the good day makers!

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Career story: Hanna Salonen, Daycare Centre Manager, Tornio

From north to south and back again with Pilke

Read Hannas story

Hanna Salonen, Daycare Centre Manager, watches children play in the snow from the window of her office while she reminisces about the twists and turns of her career of almost 10 years.

As early childhood education and care had been a vocation for Hanna since she was a child, her graduation as a Bachelor of Social Science in 2010 was no coincidence. Pilke Daycare Centre’s job advertisement that described, among other things, the company’s values aroused her interest, and she ended up starting her career as an early childhood teacher in Espoo.

“Already after six months, I was requested to take up the position of Deputy Manager at Daycare Centre Hiirulainen, and I started taking care of administrative matters alongside the rest of my duties. After I moved to Kerava, Pilke offered me work at Daycare Centre Käpälämäki in Vantaa where I acted as Senior Early Childhood Teacher and managed the small unit’s administration. In 2014, I was appointed as Daycare Centre Manager,” Hanna recounts.

When Hanna’s spouse found employment in Tampere, Hanna applied for a new position in the region. It was not long until she was provided with a chance to realise one of her professional dreams and participate in establishing Pilke’s music-oriented unit Nuottisilta in Tampere.

Back home to close the circle

Hanna explains how she used to joke that as soon as Pilke would expand to Lapland, she would move back home too. After the birth of Hanna’s second child, the family started to find attractive the idea of moving back to Tornio, close to their social networks. As it turned out, plans for a Pilke daycare centre in Tornio were already underway, and the dream that had started from a laugh become reality. As a result, Hanna has managed two daycare centres since 2019: the music-oriented daycare centre Huvikumpu in Tornio and the nature-oriented daycare centre Virta in Keminmaa, the latter of whose establishment Hanna got to participate in.

“I’m more than satisfied by how the circle came to a close and how my round trip in various Pilke units led me back home to Tornio. With regard to fulfilling my professional ambitions, I’m grateful for the opportunities I have been provided with as well as for the trust placed on me. Right now, I’m happy where I am. In the future, however, I’d like to increase my professional expertise through further studies,” Hanna states.

A fitting employer with matching values

Similarly to Pilke, one of Hanna’s primary values is optimism. It is the value that Hanna believes has brought her where she is now. According to Hanna, her success is a result of both her own and Pilke’s optimistic attitude.

“What I appreciate in particular is Pilke’s low organisational hierarchy that enables smooth communication with experts. It has always been easy to ask and receive help, and every employee has the opportunity to influence their work. I’m particularly thankful for being able to express myself and perform meaningful work. My strengths have been taken into account and I have been asked to participate in various development projects and work groups.”

Hanna’s typical workday starts by wishing good morning to all the children and adults at the daycare centre. She enjoys her breakfast with the daycare group, after which it is time to immerse herself in office work. By the computer, Hanna plans work shifts and replies to parents’ inquiries about daycare places. Daycare Centre Manager’s responsibilities also include cooperation with the municipality with regard to daycare places as well as the pedagogical management of the unit.

Versatile and rewarding work as Daycare Centre Manager

“As early childhood education teacher, the children were the best part of my job! In my current position, the most attractive aspect is the versatility of my duties. Even though I manage administrative tasks, I don’t consider my work monotonous – the children are always just a few steps away. I enjoy working with different kinds of people and being able to support others. It’s magnificent to be able to participate in the development of early childhood education and care.”

Hanna names her appointment as Daycare Centre Manager the highlight of her career as she had dreamed of it already during her studies. Her career has progressed faster than she could have ever imagined.

According to Hanna, her greatest challenge is the limited amount of time at her disposal: when managing two daycare centres, she has little time for participating in the units’ everyday operation.

“Every now and then I feel inadequate as I’d like to spend more time with the children and see the groups’ operation. Most of my working time is consumed by operational, human resources and customer relationship management as well as financial responsibilities,” Hanna explains.

“The most important task of the daycare centre is to provide each child with a good day – every day.”

According to Hanna, a child’s good day consists of various aspects. In addition to healthy food, safety and warm hugs, each child needs to receive pleasant learning experiences through play and other everyday activities. It is important for the daycare personnel to know how to seize the right moments and provide the children with diverse activities in accordance with their interests.

Joona Jantunen

Career story: Joona Jantunen, Senior After-school Club Instructor, Espoo

“The best thing is when I come to work, and a happy child runs up to hug me.”

Read Joona's story

Joona Jantunen works as Jousenkaari After-school Club’s Senior Instructor. In addition, Joona works three morning shifts at the English-speaking Pilke Playschool Tapiola. The combination forms a full-time job. By education, Joona is a learning support and morning and afternoon club activity instructor. He started working at Pilke in the autumn of 2018.

Joona works at the recently renovated, beautiful Uusikumpu School building in the Espoo district of Niittykumpu where the Jousenkaari School’s substitute premises are located. However, this was not the case last year. In the previous operational period, Jousenkaari After-school Club’s activities took place in Tapiola Sports Park. The best thing about those premises were the magnificent exercise opportunities both indoors and outdoors, and the club even had weekly skating shifts. Nevertheless, as the indoor facilities were not designed for after-school activities, the transfer to Uusikumpu was a welcome one.

“When I started as Senior Instructor last autumn in the middle of the operational year, the team had not yet established everyday routines. My experience and already proven practices were helpful. Gradually the agreed operating methods started to become routine. It was apparent that the instructor team’s satisfaction increased,” says Joona.

“At Uusikumpu, cooperation with the school is really easy, and the colleagues and facilities are very pleasant. Regardless of having to move to new facilities, the operation started better than in any previous autumn. The best thing is when I come to work, and a happy child runs up to hug me”, Joona continues.

When Joona’s employment relationship at Pilke began, he noted that his new employer had taken care of the things he finds important. He had found a job he could commit to and an opportunity to focus on his own area of expertise.

Joona states he has enjoyed every aspect of working at Pilke: “Employees are looked after. We are provided with sufficient support and instructions, and our assignments are clear. Here children are truly cared about. We can for example acquire new equipment for the club-goers at our own discretion.”

In addition to his tasks as Senior Instructor, Joona started to lead three hobby clubs for the club-goers over the course of his first year at Pilke. The foam sword fencing club, that took place last spring, was surely the most special one. Joona’s other hobby clubs have focused on traditional games and scout adventures.

Combining two jobs has not caused any problems, and Joona has received positive feedback from the daycare centre like he has from the after-school club.

“Daycare is a whole another world, and the work at the centre is very different. The total number of children I work with at the daycare and the after-school club is quite high. It’s important to try to learn everyone’s names and to familiarise with every personality. Pilke provides proper induction and support for new employees. Employees are really cared about.”


Career story: Anu Volanen, Early Childhood Teacher, Espoo

Finding the words for everyday life

Read Anu's story

If someone suddenly feels cranky in the daycare centre hallway, it is good to pause and ponder the situation together. Anu Volanen, Early Childhood Teacher, turns outbursts into successes.

“Each day’s best moment is when a child successfully learns something new,” says Volanen. For example, they may learn a new word or an everyday skill – or simply to put on their shoes themselves.

“For a child, it’s a great success. It’s wonderful to be able to share this joy with the children.”

Volanen works at daycare centre Kanin Kolo in Espoo. She guides the group of 3–5-year-olds that currently has 23 children. The management of the unit’s everyday routines is based on plans prepared by the personnel and listening to the children’s wishes. In addition to providing care and education for the children, her work involves daily cooperation with families and planning the unit’s programme.

“Part of our job is reacting to everyday situations and part is carrying out the prepared plans.”

Even though one plans the day thoroughly and tries to anticipate the day’s events, everything does not always go as planned.

“If something goes wrong, we take a break with the children. We can, for example, sit down and have a chat. If required, we discuss the situation with the whole group and try to figure out why everyone is yelling or why the hallway is congested,” Volanen explains. “A large part of my work is finding the words for everyday life for the children.”

Volanen is generous with praises for her work community:

“People clearly have a drive for development at our workplace. Everyone wants to educate themselves, and the atmosphere encourages renewal. It is one of the reasons I work here.”

For example, the personnel were enthusiastic about examining the new National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care together. Another sign of enthusiasm is that the personnel wish to organise delightful events such as May Day celebrations with the children.

“The atmosphere is cheerful and positive. The children are regarded with genuine affection.”

It is a daycare centre where both the employees and the children enjoy coming to every morning.


Pilke has various vacancies in daycare centres, after-school clubs and childcare services around Finland on a constant basis.

Even if you cannot find a position that matches your expertise among our vacancies, we will gladly hear from you.

Submit an open application for the position of early childhood education teacher.

Ask for further information!

We will be happy to tell you more about our operating methods and employment at Pilke. Don’t hesitate to contact us, we will gladly get to know you!

Reija Ketoja, Human Resource Manager
+358 50 355 6525

You can contact the Pilke daycare centre managers of your area or the regional coordinators of after-school club activities.

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