Contact details

Finnish-American Kindergarten
Arkadiankatu 35
00100 Helsinki
Mobile: 040 - 756 6794

We have different topics

throughout the year and each teacher plans activities for those children in his/her group, bearing in mind the child’s interests and abilities. The children are split into 3 groups, 3-4 year olds, 5 year olds and pre-schoolers. Circle time is our group time, we tell stories, sing songs, recite rhymes and work on our topic. This is also the time we discuss anything that has happened within the group, for example: if a child has felt left out we talk about friendship and feeling and discuss how we would feel if this happened to us and what we can do to ensure that everyone feels included.

During our work and play time

some children work with a teacher in a small group, others have free play.

8.15 - 9.00
Doors open, parents and children welcomed
9.00 - 9.30
Circle time. We go through our daily routines (registration, calendar), we discuss our topic for that week, we sing, learn rhymes, play games, discuss any issues that have arisen and go through what activities are available that day.
9.30 - 11.00
Play and work time. Some children work in small groups with a teacher, others can choose between the activities available. Each age group has it’s own teacher. These groups are then rotated to ensure that each child has the chance to play, complete activities and work closely with a teacher.
11.00 - 11.45
Lunch time. Our lunches are delivered by AMICA. Children with special diets can be catered for.
11.45 - 12.45
Outdoor play. If the weather conditions are extremely bad we will have a music and movement lesson during this time.
12.45 - 13.15
At 12.45 our morning group children leave, at 13.00 our afternoon children arrive. During this time the full day children work with our table top activity centres.
13.15 - 13.45
Afternoon circle, afternoon registration, story time.
13.45 - 15.00
Play/work time, the focus is on creative activities.
15.00 - 15.30
Snack time
15.30 – 16.00
Outdoor play
16.00 – 17.00
Club at Töölö2 for those registered.

On Friday mornings

we have an indoor physical education session and music sessions weekly.

Circle Time

Children like structure and routines. Familiar elements built into each day help the children feel safe and in control of their environment, although that doesn't mean things have to be boring. There's plenty of room within our daily programme for new learning experiences and lots of fun. Our goal is happy, active children.

Please pick your child up on time

If you are unavoidably delayed ensure that you inform the teachers as soon as possible. Persistent lateness may result in fines. Out of consideration for your child's safety it is expected that a known adult will bring and collect your child from the kindergarten. If there is to be a change as to who is collecting your child, please inform the kindergarten teachers.

The after school club can be combined with either the full day group or the afternoon group and will take place at Töölö2.

The kindergarten follows the following work and holiday schedule:

Term Times and Holiday Schedule for Töölö 2017-18

August 1: First day of term
October 16-20: Autumn break
December 23-January 7: Christmas holiday
February 19 -23: Ski holiday
March  30 – April 2: Easter
May 1: May Day
May 25: Bank holiday
June 21: Last day of term
June 22-July 31: Summer Holiday


We are an accredited part of the Helsinki city pre-school system.