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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.”