Nurturing the Curiosity of our Children

Kaivopuisto International Kindergarten is a small, parents' association owned Montessori kindergarten in the centre of Helsinki, a short walk from Kaivopuisto Park and the Baltic Sea. We use an adaption of the Montessori Early Childhood teaching method for children between the ages of 3-7 years. The kindergarten serves native English speaking children as well as children learning English as a second language.

Spaces are limited to 21 children for the Full day, Morning or Afternoon sessions.

The Kindergarten provides:

  • A fully qualified and experienced international teaching team, with enthusiasm and devotion to early childhood education.
  • Native English speaking teachers and assistants.
  • Child-centred education with a focus on entry to English language elementary school programs in the Helsinki area or overseas.
  • Organic food freshly made at the kindergarten each day for lunch.
  • A wide variety of activities to stimulate language learning, such as art and crafts, baking, music, and regular field trips into the community.
  • Total acceptance of siblings.
  • Excellent location in the centre of Helsinki, a short walk from Kaivopuisto Park and the Baltic Sea.
  • Competitive monthly fees supported by KELA funding.

Daily schedule

08.00 - 09.30Arrival at Neitsytpolku, Montessori Classroom
09.30 - 10.45Circle Time, Snack, Esikoulu, Crafts and Baking
10.45 - 11.15Circle Time, Handwashing and Lunch
11.15 - 12.00Dressing for Outside Play
12.00 - 14.30Walk to Park, Outside Play, Return to Neitsytpolku
14.30 - 15.00Handwashing and Porridge
15.00 - 16.00Montessori Classroom, Computer Time, Crafts
16.00 - 16.30Circle Time, Singing, Handwashing and Snack
16.30 - 17.00Dressing, Storytime, Departure from Neitsytpolku

Families may bring their children or collect them from the kindergarten at any time between the hours of 08.00 and 17.00.

Please note that there is no sleeping time for children during the day.

Meals

Kaivopuisto international kindergarten has a licence from the City of Helsinki to prepare hot vegetarian meals on the premesis. The Kindergarten serves as much locally produced organic food as possible.

Food supplies are bought from local retailers, and we make every effort to provide the children with as much organic produce as is available.

Our hot lunches are freshly made every morning and served to the children straight from the oven. .

Activities

Kaivopuisto international kindergarten serves as a teacher training site for Montessori students, and is affiliated with the London Montessori Centre. For more details on Montessori Education, please see: montessori.edu/FAQ.html and montessori.org.uk.

During the Classroom sessions, the children may choose any of the Montessori educational activities from the shelves. In addition,  there are always opportunities for the children to draw, paint and socialise.

As young children develop their mastery of the simple tasks, they begin to show interest in the more challenging classroom activities. The teachers are available to all the children for assistance. When the child initiates the learning task, the teacher is presented with the optimal opportunity for teaching early education concepts to the child. Freedom of choice is central to all tasks undertaken by children at the kindergarten.

Language development is supported by regular crafts and baking projects, singing on a daily basis, games, and teacher storytelling.

Several field trips are organized during the year, mostly in the summertime, to local places of interest. Last year we visited the Tram Museum, The Rose Garden, The Natural History Museum, Suomenlinna and Pihlajasaari.

Children's birthdays are celebrated with a special circle time dedicated to the child. A simple Birthday Party celebration can be arranged between the parents and the kindergarten on the afternoon of the child's birthday.

Three large social gatherings are held for the entire kindergarten community each year. In August we have an early evening picnic in Kaivopuisto to welcome everyone back from their summer holidays and to introduce the new families to the kindergarten. In December we have our Christmas Gathering at Neitsytpolku to sing together and celebrate the wintertime. In June we have our Summer Celebration as an afternoon picnic before the Juhannus Weekend. For these gatherings, family friends and extended family members are most welcome to join us.

Cheese and Wine Evening is an informal meeting for parents to openly discuss anything related to the kindergarten. Meetings are scheduled for one evening every six weeks, from 18.00 to 20.00, during the school year. The meetings help to keep the parents in touch with the direction of the kindergarten program, and provides the parents with the opportunity to add their own suggestions.

Parent Teacher Conferences are held twice a year. A 30 minute conference for each child is scheduled for November and April.

For more detailed information, see our Annual Plan.

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For the parents of currently enrolled children, we additionally provide a private page for more information.

Pictures of the Kindergarten

Location

Excellent location in the centre of Helsinki, a short walk from Kaivopuisto park and Baltic sea.

Address:
Neitsytpolku 2B, 00140 Helsinki, Finland

Easy to reach by trams 3B, 3T, 1A and bus 14.


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The Application Procedure

We encourage all prospective families to visit the program with their child to observe the children and teachers at work. This is an opportunity for the family to ask any questions to the teaching team, and an opportunity for the teachers to see how the prospective child will fit into the school community.

If your family is coming to Finland from overseas, we encourage you to contact us by email.

More detailed information about the application procedure.

Parents' Association

Membership is available through Holvi:

100€ for full term
50€ for half term

https://holvi.com/shop/Parents-Association-KIK

Contact Us

You are welcome to contact us to arrange a time to visit the program.

Phone: +358 45 868 4289

Email: info@kaivopuistokindergarten.fi