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It all starts with a warm smile in the morning, lots of fun and fresh air, a safe and enriching environment and gentle care.
Westend Playschool is located in Espoo Westend. Our curriculum follows the National Core for Early Childhood Education and Care from Finland. We are ideally located close to good transport connections and many offices, museums, parks and nature.
Our Playschool cater to children aged 3 to 6.We focus on the unique development of each child and the importance of a warm and nurturing environment. We make sure that your child can express their creativity and be an active participant in their learning journey with us.
Westend Playschool is an Espoo City approved Pre-school that provides holistic pre-primary education in English while also simultaneously supporting Finnish language development through our “Suomi Klubi” which is incorporated in our curriculum twice a week.
Our Philosophy: We focus on the growth and development of the whole child: personal, social and emotional as well as creative and physical. We believe that this happens through: care, love, and understanding of the young child, dedication to the young child’s total well-being, development of self-confidence, promotion of positive social relations, manners and morals, kindness and understanding of others. We welcome children and families from all other countries and cultures.
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.
To reach your child’s Teachers or for any information on your child’s day please call: 046 878 4766!
After deducting the private day care allowance, the customer fee is 370€/month.
Ask the day care manager about our sibling discount.
Fill in the Pilke Daycare application.
Mon—Fri 7.30—17.30 (7:30am—5:30pm) (as necessary)
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 everybody must 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. Everyday feedback 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.
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.
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.
|7:30||Playschool doors open. Welcome! We start our day with play and fun with our 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 discussions|
|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|
|15:30–17:15||Outdoor play and exploration|
|17:30||Playschool closes and we say “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.|