Our purpose is to deliver high-quality and individualised early childhood education and pre-school education in English that supports the child's development and learning.
The most important thing for us is to provide our children with a warm, safe, and stimulating environment for growth and learning, where every child is seen and heard.
KINDERGARTEN FOR CHILDREN AGED 3 TO 6 YEARS OLD
We offer early childhood education
and pre-school education for children aged 3 to 6 in Karakallio and
Kilonpuisto, Espoo. At both locations, we have thirty full-time places each, and
we work in small groups that are divided according to the ages of the children.
QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Early childhood education encompasses both the child's education and care. We follow the City of Espoo's early childhood education plan.
We are the official pre-school unit of the City of Espoo. We follow the unit's own curriculum based on the City of Espoo's pre-school curriculum. Our pre-school group should be applied to when the child in that year turns 6 years old.
INDIVIDUAL CHILD AND CHILDREN'S GROUP PLANS
A personal early childhood education and / or pre-school education plan is developed for each child individually. In addition to individual plans, we create our own plans for each group. Group-specific plans are based on the needs and interests that have arisen from the children's plans.
EARLY PARTIAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION
We provide early partial language immersion in English. The language is acquired through practical experience, using the language in all daily activities, just like native language. What characterizes language immersion is that language is used as a tool for learning, not as the objective or goal. Read more about language immersion pedagogy.
DEVELOPING AND LEARNING TOGETHER
We regularly evaluate and develop our operations together with the entire staff. We also involve children in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities according to their own abilities. The starting point for learning is the child's previous experiences, interests, and skills.
COMMITTED AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Our early childhood education teachers and caretakers meet the eligibility criteria for teachers and carers set out in the Early Childhood Education and Basic Education Act. Our multicultural staff are committed to their work, and they want to support the growth and development of our children.
A SAFE AND COMMUNICATIVE ENVIRONMENT
Our operating environment is safe, caring, and encouraging, where the child is allowed to grow and learn at their own pace. In a small kindergarten and with small groups of children, we have the opportunity to meet each child as an individual and each child has the right to express themselves, their opinions, and thoughts. In all our activities, we take care of the safety of your children first and foremost.
COOPERATION WITH FAMILIES
Effective cooperation between the kindergarten and families is the basis for excellent early childhood education and pre-school education. It is important for us to work openly with our families. We believe that collaborating is the best support for a child's development based on his or her needs.
SECURE MESSAGE APPLICATION
We use the secure TinyApp application, which allows us to message and share those special moments with you, with pictures and video. Families can also communicate with the kindergarten through the app.
JOINT TRIPS AND EVENTS
From our kindergartens, it is easy to make various trips to the Helsinki metropolitan area. We go to the sports hall every week and the children have the opportunity to take part in a Juvenalia music class at our kindergarten. We celebrate holidays and children's birthdays together. Families are also able to spend various holidays with us.
PRIVATE DAY CARE ALLOWANCE
The families of our kindergarten are entitled to support for private day care allowance. Families apply for support from KELA themselves when the kindergarten's early childhood education agreement is signed.
Families of children living in Kauniainen can also apply for a subsidised early childhood education or pre-school place. The City of Kauniainen pays a private day care allowance to families in Kauniainen whose children are in our kindergarten.
We have been providing early childhood education and pre-school education since 1992. Our kindergarten is administered by a parents' association. The intent of the kindergarten is not to make a profit, meaning that all funds are spent on high-quality early childhood education and pre-primary education.
CHERISHED AMONG CHILDREN AND VALUED AMONG FAMILIES
Children enjoy our kindergarten and families appreciate the way we support growth and learning. Most families are with us for many years. "I couldn't hope for a better place for my child!"