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Search online for additional foreign language preschools and kindergartens in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kerava, Kotka, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Nokia, Oulu, Pori, Rauma, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa, Westend

Summary: Finnish foreign language kindergartens, preschools, childcare, playschools & playgroups in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hyvinkää, Jyväskylä, Kangasala, Kerava, Kouvola, Kuopio, Lempääla, Nokia, Oulu, Pori, Rovaniemi, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa. Primary languages include English, Russian, German, French, and Swedish.

Introduction to Finnish Early Education
Preschool education is compulsory. Generally preschool education begins in the year a child becomes six years of age and takes place in a child care centre, commonly referred to as a kindergarten.

Municipalities are obligated to provide pre-primary education, and the municipality in which a child lives must provide them with a place in either a municipal kindergarten or a private child care program (including family home care).

Pre-primary Education
Prior to 2015 preschool education was voluntary, though about 98% of children in this age group had already been participating. Preschool-age children can attend half-day programs, or full-day programs offered in child care centres. About 70% of children in pre-primary education attend full-day child care.

Half-day preschool education is free. Full-day child care isn't completely free, but is heavily subsidized: Parents pay according to a scale based on income, with low-income families not required to pay any fees.

The aim of pre-primary education is that the child develops 'learning to learn' skills, and acquires a positive self-image and basic skills, knowledge and capabilities from different areas of learning in accordance with their age and abilities.
Source: Finnish National Agency for Education

Applying for Preschool Education
Application forms for preschool education are available in Finnish on the internet. You may find it easiest to contact your local daycare centre of choice and ask them about the procedure in your region. You can also check your local municipal website for information.
In Helsinki see: hel.fi/helsinki/en/childhood-and-education/day-care/ - En, Fi

Foreign Language Preschools & Kindergartens
There is an increasing demand for preschools and kindergartens teaching primarily in languages other than Finnish, and a growing number of schools in response to that demand.
Note: Delays may be experienced when trying to contact kindergartens during the summer vacation months (June-August)

Helsinki

Pilke Taikavuori Kindergarten, Helsinki
Primary language: English
Located in Kallio, Helsinki 'Magic Mountain' provides cosy English language oriented daycare for children aged 10 months - 5 years, Monday-Friday 07:00-17:00.
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Taikavuori
Alppikatu 22-24, 00530 Helsinki
Map
040 9051 522

Pilke Taikatähti Kindergarten, Helsinki
Primary languages: English, Finnish
Located in Vuosaari, Helsinki Pilke Taikatähti is a bilingual English-Finnish kindergarten open Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00 (according to demand), providing early childhood education familiarizing children with English and encouraging them to actively use the new language. The location offers opportunities for exploring the surrounding area and for trips to parks, libraries, museums and other cultural sites.
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and combines high-quality education with activities and exercise to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Taikatähti
Leikosaarentie 24, 00980 Helsinki
Map
040 457 8344

The International School of Helsinki
Language: English
Close to Helsinki centre and founded in 1963, ISH is a private coeducational IB World School divided into two sections: Lower School (Pre-K-5) and Upper School (6-12).
The Early Years programme for children aged 3 - 5 (Pre-K-K2) includes activities and play experiences designed to be engaging, meaningful and challenging for young minds. Learning is in English, and student-centered. Students learn math, science, literacy, art, music PE, technology and social studies while building interpersonal and social skills.
After School Care is available until 17:30.
For older students ISH offers three International Baccalaureate programmes.
The International School of Helsinki is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). A visit can be arranged by calling the school.

Contact ISH
Selkämerenkatu 11, 00180 Helsinki
Map
09 686 6160

Tiny Hands English Kindergarten, Helsinki
Primary language: English
In the heart of Pasila, Helsinki Tiny Hands English Kindergarten provides childcare and education for children aged 1 - 7. English is the primary language and Finnish is taught at a basic needs level. Tiny Hands cares for each child’s individual needs and development, with experienced teachers encouraging creativity and learning through fun and play in a safe, stimulating environment. Development of confidence and social skills is nurtured in Tiny Hands' multicultural environment, and use of initiative is encouraged along with team working and cooperation. There is a strong focus on activities, with many trips and regular walks to the local parks. Fresh, nutritious food promotes a sustainable, healthy life style, and children are also taught to care for the environment. Tiny Hands believes active children are happy children!

Contact Tiny Hands
Kellosilta 2, 00520 Helsinki
Map
050 355 7773

Other kindergartens, playschools and daycare in Helsinki:

Espoo

Pilke Playschools, Espoo
Primary language: English
Pilke Playschools have over 20 years’ experience furnishing a caring and empowering educational environment for children from 1 - 6 years, in 5 Espoo locations. Emphasis is placed on development and growth of the child as a whole, with particular focus on social and emotional well-being, and activities and exercise. Children learn and flourish in a happy, fun-loving and creative environment, developing their skills and becoming confident youngsters with a passion for learning.
Pilke Playschools are Espoo city approved and provide an holistic pre-primary education in English, simultaneously supporting Finnish language development, which is incorporated into the preschool curriculum.
Full day (07:30-17:30) and half day (08:00-12:00) care is offered, and parental involvement is encouraged. We are happy to schedule a visit for you!

Contact Pilke Playschools, Espoo Pilke Kattimatti:
Sepetlahdentie 7, 02230 Espoo  Map
045 773 48514

Pilke Merikatti:
Kivenlahdenkatu 5 D, 02320 Espoo  Map
045 773 48514

Tapiola Playschool:
Kaskenkaatajantie 5 Tapiola, 02100 Espoo  Map
0432 113 321

Mäntyviita Playschool:
Mäntyviita 6 Tapiola, 02110 Espoo  Map
0432 113 321

Westend Playschool:
Ukkohauentie 13, 02170 Espoo  Map
0432 113 602

ICEC schools, Helsinki & Espoo
Primary language: English
Located in Helsinki, Espoo, and Degerby, the International Childcare and Education Centre (ICEC Play'n'Learn) has 8 schools for children aged 1 - 7.
Founded in 1989, ICEC accentuates an active, bright, and cheerful learning environment, and recognises the importance of presenting children with exciting new concepts and ideas, and giving them freedom to experiment and explore. ICEC teachers truly care about and enjoy helping each child reach their full academic, creative and social potential.
Hands-on activities encourage creativity and growth, and ICEC schools have pets, such as rabbits and birds. With adult supervision, children learn how to handle and respect the animals - caring for others than yourself is an important part of social development.
Age groups are Tiddlers, Toddlers, Preschool, Highscope, Schoolroom Reception, and Schoolroom.
Before School and After School Care is available.

Contact ICEC Schools
040 9624014
Töölö School:
Dunckerinkatu 2B 2-3  Map
044 7509189

Herttoniemi School:
Killingholmankuja 3  Map
044 7509187

Vuosaarii School:
Havukuja 8  Map
044 3009185

Meilahti School:
Kallioportaankatu 1 & 7  Map
044 3009191

Kilo School:
Siuntiontie 3  Map
044 7509190

Mäntytie School:
Mäntytie 13C 17  Map
044 7509188

Westend School:
Kanervatie 6  Map
050 3515326

Degerby School:
Degerbyntie  Map
044 7509183

MoovKids, Espoo
Languages: English & Finnish
Located in central Espoo MoovKids isn't a kindergarten as such, but offers a range of classes and camps for children. The focus is on movement, fitness and activity, with gym, karate and other classes; the result is confidence, coordination, and overall mental and physical development.
MoovKids' Karate club now has its own official name and website! KFK Shukokai-Espoo.
MoovKids gives busy parents, who don't have time to take children to several after-school activities, a wide choice of fun and beneficial pursuits. All classes have English and Finnish instruction, and playgroups, birthday parties, and summer camps are also available!
Jungle Junction Playgroup: Two hours on Monday mornings More info

Every Monday morning MoovKids offers a 2 hour playgroup session. A short music session is done with storytime and the children have fun exploring movement on a toddler safe circuit. Pay when you attend or buy an attendance card and get one session free. Open for all. Welcome! moovkids.fi Playgroup

Birthday Parties with a difference! Ages 6 months to 10 years More info

Funky Monkey Party (ages 3 to 7 years). Fun with balloons, the parachute and a great movement circuit for kids to explore and enjoy. This party is a favorite.
Karate Party (5 to 10 years). The basics of karate are taught in a fun way together with a lot of fun games and activities. The basic punches and kicks as well as the discipline of karate is taught while having a lot of fun.
Rainbow Music Party (6 months to 5 years). Parents accompany their little ones on a musical adventure with a variety of age-appropriate music, singing, dancing and activities.
Bring your own snacks and the party entertainment is done for you. Kids love it, less stress for parents and constructive beneficial activities for children.
Quality spacious facility, changerooms, area for party snacks, free parking. Welcome! moovkids.fi/parties

Summer Camps with emphasis on physical movement, development and wellbeing. Ages 4 to 12 years. 2021 camp dates to be advised. More info

Professionally run camps, and great fun! Including healthy meals/snacks, 9:00-16:00 each day, 9:00-12:30 for Mini Gym camps.
Karate Camp (ages 6 to 12 years)
For children who wish to learn karate or who already do karate. The basic punches, blocks, stances and kicks are taught and a variety of games and other sporting activities are interwoven into the karate camp days. Children will be split into level-appropriate groups.
Summer Sports Camp (ages 6 to 10 years)
Our most popular camp that includes a variety of indoor and outdoor sports and activities. A wide range of small and large equipment is used. Skill-focused coordination activities are incorporated into all the sporting sessions to improve all-round body coordination, flexibility and fitness. The children also enjoy free time in one of the three nearby playgrounds.
Mini Gym Camp (ages 4 to 7 years)
A wide variety of movement activities that support all-round body coordination and physical self-confidence. The physical and cognitive benefits of structured movement activities learnt at a young age are endless. Your children benefit both physically and academically, improving their focus and sleeping routines, and best of all, learning and having fun!
moovkids.fi/camps

moovkids.fi: Fun gym classes for children 2-6 years, playgroups, birthday parties, summer camps
Facebook - Moovkids
shukokai-espoo.fi:
Kung Fu Panda Karate for children 5-7 years, Kids' Fitness Karate Club for children 8-14 years
Facebook - Shukokai Karate
Address: Piispanportti 5, 02240 Espoo. EKE Building, Rak 1, 4th Floor  Map
Tel: 050 576 3492

Other kindergartens, playschools and daycare in Espoo:

Vantaa

Pilke Pohjantähti Kindergarten, Vantaa
Primary language: English
Located in Koivuhaka, Vantaa Pohjantähti has 120 daycare places for children aged 0 - 6 years, in six groups, Monday-Friday 07:00-17:00.
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Pohjantähti
Mesikukantie 13, 01300 Vantaa
Map
040 457 7077

Hyvinkää

Pilke Kids’ Valley Kindergarten
Primary language: English
Kids’ Valley was established as English Kindergarten 48 years ago. Kids’ Valley offers quality early childhood education and pre-school for children under school age, with both English and Finnish language as part of everyday activities. Monday-Friday 07:00-17:00 (according to demand).
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Kids' Valley
Hanneksenkatu 4, 05880 Hyvinkää
Map
040 839 9932

Jyväskylä

Pilke Playschool Jyväskylä
Primary language: English
The school has introductory action groups, playschool and preschool groups, with a syllabus based on Finnish preschool requirements and the English national curriculum. The staff works closely with the children to encourage language development, and the children enjoy music, art, drama, crafts, sports and basic computer education.
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Jyväskylä
Vaasankatu 2, 40100 Jyväskylä
Map
050 462 5838

Kerava

Pilke Kiddy House Kindergarten
Primary language: English
Centrally located Kiddy House provides English language oriented daycare for children from 3 years of age, Monday-Friday 06:45-17:00 (according to demand).
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Kiddy House
Marjatantie 19, 04230 Kerava
Map
040 451 7034

Other kindergartens, playschools and daycare in Kerava:

Kouvola

Pilke Päiväkoti Smile
Primary language: English
Päiväkoti Smile provides relaxed and cozy English language oriented daycare and preschool education for about 20 children aged 3 - 6, or earlier at parents' discretion. Monday-Friday 07:15-17:00 (according to demand). English is used daily, including games and singing, helping children develop a positive attitude to language learning. The aim is a perfect setting for rewarding play, joyful learning, and working together and friendship!
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Päiväkoti Smile
Utinkatu 43, 45200 Kouvola
Map
040 457 8206

Kuopio

Oulu

Pori

Pilke Kielipolku
Primary language: English
Pilke Kielipolku provides early childhood education in English language for children aged 0 - 5, and 'language showering' for children aged 3-5 years, in which children sing and ponder familiar songs, rhymes and concepts in English.
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Kielipolku
Maamiehenkatu 8, 28500 Pori
Map
040 9053 687

Rovaniemi

Tampere, Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia

Enkku: English School of Tampere
Language: English
Enkku celebrated its 60th year in 2017, and offers a great place in Tampere for children aged 3 - 10 to start learning in a friendly, family-like environment. English skills are developed early, from caring teachers with English as their native language. Daycare, kindergarten and preschool are supplemented by Enkku Clubs, including afternoon groups and the Conversation Club for developing English language skills.
Enkku's fundamental principle is respect for ethical values. Children learn good manners, and respect for themselves and others. With this comes self-confidence and valuable social skills.

Contact Enkku
Amurinkuja 21 B, 33230 Tampere
Map
050 413 9355

Sunshine Early Learning Centres
Language: English
Sunshine's follows the Finnish national curriculum guidelines for early childhood education and care (ECEC) and Tampere city’s local ECEC curriculum in the English language. Sunshine has 4 locations in Tampere, with kindergarten, preschool, daycare and after-school club facilities. The original school is located in the International school, FISTA.
The teaching program aims to provide children the best possible basis for further learning, and the wide array of activities includes arts and crafts, music, physical education and many more. Sunshine has a truly international environment, and strong emphasis is placed on development of social skills - courtesy, good manners, understanding and respect.

Contact Sunshine
Lähteenkatu 2, 33500 Tampere
Map
050 470 4299

Pilke Kangasalan Enkku
Primary language: English
Kangasalan Enkku is a bilingual daycare centre that provides early childhood education in English and Finnish to children aged 3 - 6. There is also a pre-school in Pikonlinna. Monday-Friday 07:00-17:00 (according to demand).
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Kangasala
Pikonlinnantie 240, 36280 Pikonlinna
Map
040 457 7499

Pilke Playschool Lempäälä
Primary language: English
Pilke Playschool Lempäälä provides early childhood education in Lempäälä, in a supportive, engaging and stimulating learning environment in which young children are encouraged to explore the world around them. Monday-Friday 07:00-17:00 (according to demand).
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Lempäälä
Tampereentie 455, 33880 Lempäälä
Map
040 458 9878

Pilke Päiväkoti Peppi & Bobby
Primary language: English
Pilke's Peppi & Bobby Kindergarten in Nokia provides English language oriented daycare Monday-Friday 06:15-17:15 (according to demand). There are two English language groups, for 3 - 4 year olds and 5 - 6 year olds.
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Nokia
Vikkulankatu 6, 37150 Nokia
Map
050 303 7552

Other kindergartens, playschools and daycare in Tampere region:

Turku

Pilke Tähtimetsä Kindergarten
Primary languages: Finnish & English
Located in Hirvensalo Turku, Tähtimetsä has 75 daycare places for children aged 1 - 6 years of age, Monday-Friday 07:00-17:00.
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Tähtimetsä
Isohaarlantie 1, 20900 Turku
Map
040 4559 712

Wendy House
Ages 3-6, English & Finnish
Wendy House is a private English language playschool founded in 1972 and governed by The English Club of Turku ry. The teachers include both Finns and native English speakers, professional and compassionate, who offer children all the tools they need for learning and growing.

Contact Wendy House
Neljäs linja 3, 20100 Turku
Map
+358 45 113 0803

Other kindergartens, playschools and daycare in Turku:

Vaasa

Pilke Pikkuponi, Little Pony
Primary languages: English, Finnish
Pilke Pikkuponi (Little Pony) in Pukinjärvi provides bilingual early childhood education for children aged 0 - 5, Monday-Friday 06:00-18:00 (according to demand). English is used daily, including games and singing, along with Finnish to familiarize children with English and actively encourage them to use their new language. Bilingual education is in accordance with the principles of the National Plan for Early Childhood Education (2016).
Pilke Kindergartens focus on growth and development of the whole child: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, cultural and moral / ethical. Pilke emphasizes positive feedback and confidence building, and believes high-quality education combined with activities and exercise provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and readiness to act as a valuable member of society. Pilke’s goal is to give children a good day, every day!

Contact Pilke Little Pony
Ratsutie 11, 65230 Vaasa
Map
050 541 7394

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