Tapiola Playschool

Celebrating 20 years of teaching in English!

Tapiola Playschool

Artikkeli löytyy myös kielellä: English (englanti)

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Manager Amandine Mäkelä
Tel. 0432 113 321


Kaskenkaatajantie 5
02100 Espoo


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Tapiola Playschool

It all starts with a warm smile in the morning, lots of fun and fresh air, a safe and enriching environment and gentle care.


Tapiola Playschool is located in Espoo Tapiola. 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 2 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.


Pohjois-Tapiola 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.


Let’s use what your child loves as the way to help them to make friends, be confident, explore the world and have fun – and let’s do it in English!


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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.


``Nest`` room tel. 046 8784 767
- Chicks (2-3 years old)
- Sparrows (3-4 years old)
- Owls (4-5 years old)

``Tree`` room tel. 043 2113 307

- Eagles (5-6 years old)
- Preschool


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)


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

  • 7:30Playschool doors open. Welcome! We start our day with play and fun with our friends.
    8:00-8:30Breakfast time (Served until 8:20)
    9:00-10.30-Outdoor play and exploration
    10:30Morning circle – songs, stories and discussions
    10:45–12:00Centre time (inside or outside) – this can be art and crafts, music, drama, science, language, sport…
    12:00Lunch, healthy habits and good manners
    After lunch time, the children are read a story and have a relaxation time with music or stories.
    13:30For children who are not sleeping, quiet focused activity with their early childhood educator.
    14:00Wake up time and free play
    14:30Afternoon snack
    15:00Story time
    15:30–17:15Outdoor play and exploration
    17:30Playschool 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.


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