About us – Helsinki – Östersundom
Our daycare is designed to be a space where imagination knows no limits. We offer a wide range of creative activities, from art and music to outdoor adventure school and storytelling, allowing each child to explore their interests and passions through their own interest and likes.
Our curriculum is designed to promote holistic development, encompassing emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth thoughout the day. Our environment is open plan allowing children to move freely and choose their own activities independently with the support of an adult.
Playing and moving
Children learn through playing and moving. Outside time allows children many opportunities to investigate and move in different types of terrain.
We have small group play throughout the week such as physical development, music, arts and story times. Children receive the tools and resources to express themselves freely and learn many new things.
Interaction and our community
In the centre of the children’s learning is their peer group and belonging to our community. We support this by going on walks in the area, visiting the library, theatre and neighbour parks.
We have a circle time at least once a day where children have time to discuss their thoughts, ideas and interests. We sing songs and play games.
Through free play, children learn to regulate their emotions. When children are participating in role play and other imaginative play with their peers for example playing in the home corner, they can dress up, go to the shop etc. learning communication and negotiation skills, as well as developing their imagination.
Listening skills and adult presence
Respect and positive communication is very important. We teach by example , how to respect, be polite and taking others into consideration.
We listen to the children and their families wishes and needs and the children are always present when we are planning ideas for the group. Through observation, discussion, story and planning time, we make sure that every child’s voice is heard and the children are at the heart and centre in everything we do.
7:30 Children arrive. Morning communal play begins after cheerful greetings, and we also have breakfast together.
9:15 Morning Circle: The day begins with a communal morning circle where children can share their ideas and plan the day’s activities together.
10:00 Time to go outside! Children get to play and explore nature. Our very own outdoor space or nearby forests are the perfect place for adventures.
11:15 Lunchtime: Children eat together and talk about the day’s events.
12:00 Rest Time: A peaceful and essential part of the daily schedule. Children rest in comfortable beds or mats, listening to quiet music or relaxing stories. This moment allows children to rest, calm down, and recharge their energy for upcoming adventures and creative activities. Rest time promotes physical and emotional well-being and helps children focus and learn better in the later part of the day.
13:00 Free Play: This is a time for creativity! Children can choose from various art and craft projects, such as painting, crafting, and playing freely with their friends.
14:15 Snack Time: Children sit together and enjoy a healthy snack. A small snack helps to keep their energy up.
14:45 Organized Dance and Exercise Sessions, Yoga, and Singing: These are times when children can move and express themselves creatively under the guidance of the teacher.
15:15 Storytime at the daycare is a magical time when children gather to hear wonderful stories. They sit comfortably, listen to exciting tales, and embark on adventures in the world of imagination. Stories open the door to new adventures, impart valuable life lessons, and inspire children to love stories and reading. This moment is full of magic and education.
15:30 Outdoors: Children have the opportunity to play outside together, like climbing, running, and inventing their own games. Outdoor games provide a chance to learn about friendship, teamwork, and the joy of movement while exploring the surrounding nature.
17.00 Home Time: Children leave with smiles and laughter, ready to share their day’s adventures with their families.
This is just one possible daily schedule at CLP’s daycare. Every day is full of new adventures and opportunities for creative expression. We aim to ensure that every child experiences a supportive, inspiring, and educational atmosphere every day.