We highly recommend that you visit
our kindergarten to experience first hand our teaching methods and style. You can then see for yourselves how the children respond to our teaching environment and how our daily routines are implemented.
Parents are always welcome to drop by although we do advice that you call and make an appointment to ensure that we are at the kindergarten when you wish to visit. We also welcome parents as helpers, many of our parents have enjoyed participating in our activities and it’s a good way to see how the kindergarten works and to appreciate how truly amazing your children are.
We are a well-stocked kindergarten
and all of our teaching materials have come from England. We have based our system on the British foundation stage for 3-5 year olds and key stages 1 & 2 for 5-7 year olds. We keep track of each child’s progress through record keeping and observations.
Our programme is very flexible and allows lots of space for individual development. Our children come from many different backgrounds. Some of them have just moved to Finland for a year or two and need to maintain the level of education expected in their home countries. Some are from bilingual, multinational families whilst others are Finnish children whose parents wish them to learn English while they are still young enough to do so easily.
Our teaching language is English and all our activities are conducted using this language. We have found that the older children are very willing to help and support the younger ones with their language development. This can include translating instructions for them, acting as interpreters and offering support when needed. This helps to develop a community atmosphere where we all assist each other.
During our daily programme
we aim to teach a variety of skills through play and other activities. Circle time is our whole group time. Here the children learn to listen to each other and take turns, we discuss any problems that have arisen within the group and try to find solutions. This is the time when we explore the topics we are studying and try to find out what information the children already possess in relation to that subject. We also go through daily routines such as the calendar.
We learn songs and rhymes, letters and numbers and language structures through games, drama and stories. During play and work time children have the opportunity to work in small groups with a teacher. This enables us to closely moniter your child’s progress and ensure that we are on hand to help them overcome any areas of difficulty. Working in small groups means that each child gets a lot of time and attention. Whilst some children are working with a teacher the others have the opportunity to play, forming social connections as learning from the structured activities presented on each table.
We teach a variety of subjects ranging from literacy skills, mathematics, science, art, music, drama, geography, physical education and ethics.
A multicultural environment
Our children come from many different backgrounds. Our teaching language is English and all our activities are conducted using this language. We have found that the older children are very willing to help and support the younger ones with their language development. This can include translating instructions for them, acting as interpreters and offering support when needed. This helps to develop a community atmosphere where we all assist each other.