Our day – Helsinki

Routines and flexibility

We tend to like our routines and it’s very important for children to have consistency. It makes even adults feel more secure and gives the feeling that everything is under control.

However, life rarely goes as planned and often throws wrenches in our carefully placed gears.

At CLP, we follow a daily routine, but we also learn to roll with it. We learn to embrace unexpected changes. One of the most important lessons learned working with children is to let go of any pre- plans and observe the situation we are in, in other words, if the children are having a great session engaged in deep learning, it might be that a story time gets a little shortened to have a bit more time to finish what we are doing.

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.

Daily schedule

7.30 Welcome

8.00 – 8.30 Breakfast

9.00 Outside play

10.15 Circle time: Circle time helps children develop communication and self-confidence with the group. It is designed to empower children to participate in discussion about their interests, feelings etc. Children learn how to work together in a group. We sing and play games and discuss the day ahead.

11.30 Lunch time

12.00 Quite time and nap time for the youngest. At QT we do many different activities to help children relax and find their quiet space such as mindfulness activities, yoga and music therapy.

12.00 The older children participate in small group activities

14.15 Snack time: we serve a high-quality snack that consists of fruit, vegetables, bread with all the toppings, milk and water. Water is also available for the children throughout the day.

14.30 Free play and focus activities: Music and dance, Drama and Physical education, Arts and craft, Cooking.

15.30 Outside play

17.30 Home time