Pilke päiväkodit has after school-activity in 24 schools in Espoo, Vantaa, Pori, Helsinki and Kirkkonummi. After school activity has been arranged since 2003.
After school activity starts after the school day and ends at 17.00. The after school clubs are for children in 1-2 grade or children in special education. The after school activity is supervised and guided. On the first days, the instructors collect the children from their classrooms. The children are divided into activity groups in which they familiarise with the after-school club facilities and rules. Small groups are formed later on the basis of school timetables, friend wishes and desired activities. The actual instructed hobby club activities start in late August, at the earliest on the second operational week.
After a long day at school, it is important for children to play freely and enjoy fresh air. The instructors supervise the outdoor activities and play with the children. We spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. The school’s yard rules and boundaries are adhered to when participating in the outdoor activities. In addition, children may participate in instructed yard games and group play.
At Pilke After-School Club, we ensure that children feel safe, have fun, learn new things and are accepted as who they are. At the club, children get to play with new and old friends. As a matter of fact, one of our objectives is to create a solid platform for long friendships. Afternoon snack, outdoor activities, collective yard games, group play, homework and versatile, daily hobby clubs, such as handicraft, creative activity and sports clubs, are part of the after-school club’s everyday operation.
The children have time to do their homework. Children do their homework in facilities reserved for afterschool activities by the school. Usually this means classrooms. Parents are responsible for checking that children have done their homework. If the child has only homework that has to be done at home, they can relax, for example, by reading or drawing after the snack.
The hobby clubs are planned and instructed by the instructors. The children are also allowed to participate in the planning. The content of hobby clubs is adapted to the club’s and the children’s programmes. Children may also choose free-form outdoor activities as after-school club is part of their free time. The hobby clubs may involve, for example, ball games, handicrafts, theatre, yard games, cooking and nature activities.