In Tiny Hands English Kindergarten we are applying Finnish Core Curriculum for early Childhood education and care as we think it is important for children to be prepared for the future life in Finland. Its learning areas include:
Rich world of languages: We understand that children are great explorers and communication is the key for their further discoveries. It is important to give them various tools to express themselves and communicate. The majority of the children don’t speak English when they come to our kindergarten that’s why it is very important for us to focus on language activities to improve their language comprehension and interactive skills.
Diverse forms of expression: It is the ECEC professionals main task to support children’s musical, visual,verbal and physical expression in a planned and goal oriented manner. So crafts, drawing, music and puppet shows are in our weekly agenda always. Furthermore, we take them to the art galleries, museums, theatres and different shows where they will learn more about versatile ways of expression.
My community and I: Here we focus on history,culture, and children as a part of society. We talk more about them and encourage children to ask questions. We also do field trips on a monthly basis to different places such as; art galleries, museums, theatres, opera, amusement parks, and the botanical gardens for children to be able to develop a sense of taste,ethical thinking,worldview education, etc. We believe that this is the best way to widen their little worlds and gain more knowledge about different environments. Furthermore, having Mäkelänrinne swimming pool near to our kindergarten, provides us with the opportunity to take the children to swimming classes during the fall and spring semesters, 16 times per year. The Pasila library is our favourite destination where we go together with children to choose books for our reading times.
Exploring and interacting with my community: Our task as a daycare is to teach children to observe, count and experience. We try to do our best to create an environment where children will be able to learn and experience on their each step. Being outside two times a day allows them to observe and experience the science in a natural way. This is an opportunity for them to learn what is behind the kindergarten walls, to interact with mother nature and entangle all the knowledge they have gained through daily interactions with their peers and adults. Moreover, they learn to respect the environment and why it is so important to take care of it, the importance of natural risks and taking care of themselves and others.
I grow, I move and develop: It is important for children to move a lot and understand the process of growing up. Here our task as a daycare is to give them tools for their independence, and involve them in the process of their development. We also teach healthy eating habits, taking care of personal hygiene, and encourage them for a healthy lifestyle.
Daily routine may vary depending on the age group, you will be given precise information upon the start . However it looks like below in a nutshell.
07:30 – Kindergarten opens
08:00 – 09.00 Breakfast
08:30 – 09:00 Free play
09:00 – 10:10 Morning circle (Calendar, Free Discussion,Topic introduction to the day, designated activity eg: art-craft,music, theatre, math games or language activities)
10:10 – 11:15 – Park time
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch time
12:15 – 14:00 Nap time
13.00-14.00 ( Afternoon activity/ silent games for those who are awake)
14:00 – 14:30 Afternoon circle (Story time, further activities on the topic)
14:30 – 15:00 Snack
15:10 – 15:50 Free play.
15:50 – 17:00 Park time/ Play time
17:00 – Kindergarten closes