Early childhood education at Pilke daycare centres

Children’s safety and comfort are the cornerstones of early childhood education at Pilke – our professional educators know how to encounter and activate children and listen to their needs.

In daycare centres, children participate in early childhood education and care – what does it mean? And what is early childhood education and care like at Pilke daycare centres?

On this page, we have collected information on what early childhood education and care is and how it is implemented at Pilke’s daycare centres. Also check out the frequently asked questions at the end of the page!

What is early childhood education and care?

Early childhood education care is a rather new concept that has largely replaced the previously more common term daycare. Early childhood education and care refers to a planned, goal-oriented entity of upbringing, education and care that places emphasis on pedagogical approaches.

Early childhood education is planned, assessed and developed on a regular basis. In Finland, all children have the right to participate in early childhood education that aims at ensuring their well-being.

Finnish early childhood education emphasises the Nordic principle of involving play, care and safety. At Pilke, we focus on the children’s safety and comfort, and our professional educators know how to encounter and activate the children and listen to their needs.

ECEC plan contains the child’s early childhood education goals

An early childhood education and care plan, or ECEC plan, is one of the first new terms a family encounters when their child starts at daycare.

What is the ECEC plan about? The ECEC plan states the goals and actions to support the child’s development, learning and well-being. The ECEC plan is prepared jointly by the family and the daycare centre when the child starts to attend daycare. The plan also takes account of the child’s own perspectives.

The ECEC plan is reviewed and updated annually in an ECEC discussion between the family and the daycare centre.

Children’s individual ECEC plans are based on the National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care issued by the Finnish National Agency for Education. Municipal early childhood education and care curricula are prepared based on the national core curriculum, and they provide a framework for the local ECEC plans.

“ECEC discussions are held at Pilke daycare centres on an annual basis. The purpose is to discuss common guidelines and objectives and to agree on how the individual development, learning and well-being of the child will be fostered in early childhood education.”

How the daycare learning environment supports the child’s growth, development and learning

The environment provided by the daycare centre plays a key role in supporting the child’s growth, development and learning. A learning environment comprises, for example, the facilities, equipment and materials at the daycare centre as well as its courtyard and surroundings. The learning environment also encompasses aspects not related to physical space. As a whole, the learning environment is formed by physical, social and psychological factors.

The learning environments at Pilke’s daycare centres are open, communal environments that children can explore based on their interests. They encompass music and exercise spaces, ateliers, adaptable play rooms and a canteen, for example.


Acoustics, ergonomics, accessibility, ecology, LED lighting, indoor air quality, safety, activation, yard and neighbourhood environment, cleanliness.


Groups of different sizes, inclusion, self-management, interaction, common rules, bullying prevention, language development, cultural diversity.


Solidarity, expression and regulation of emotions, equality, gender equality, child-centredness, supportiveness.

Pilke’s early childhood education pedagogy – how we enable children’s learning

At Pilke, we consider each child an active learner. Children learn gradually in interaction with their environment. They structure new things in relation to their earlier experience, knowledge and views. They learn when things are connected to their own world of experiences and interests.

In order to learn new things, children must feel safe, comfortable and happy. Children are naturally curious, creative and active, and they explore the surrounding world through play. Positive feedback encourages them to learn more and builds a robust self-esteem.

For a kindergarten-age child, learning should always be fun!

At Pilke, everyday pedagogy is an important topic. Under school-age children learn most efficiently through play and everyday activities. Everyday pedagogy means that Pilke’s educators are keen to seize learning opportunities in various daily activities, such as mealtimes and dressing for outdoors.

Early childhood education and care for children in daycare, preliminary pre-school and pre-school

Pilke’s primary objective is to provide children with a good day to learn – every day. Our safe and encouraging atmosphere provides a solid foundation for friendship, surprises and communal learning. It makes a daycare centre where children feel welcome starting from the first day. Read more about starting at daycare here!


With the youngest children, we emphasise care and gradually increase the role of upbringing and learning through everyday pedagogy.

Preliminary pre-school

Learning sessions aimed at 5-year-olds.


At pre-school, children learn skills required on the first grades of primary education and participate in school visits.

Early childhood education supports the child in various situations

Like other private daycare centres, Pilke typically acts as a service provider that complements and supports municipal services. We provide early childhood education services in compliance with the local policies.

Children who need special support are often placed in municipal daycare centres. Pilke may provide daycare places to such children if the service is purchased from us by the municipality. We employ special education teachers in early childhood education and care and acquire increased support as required.

Municipal practices with regard to special support children may vary, but the priority is to secure the best interests of the child. If your family has a child who needs special support and you wish to apply for a place at a Pilke daycare centre, we recommend you to discuss the matter with the daycare centre manager and the municipal early childhood education service guidance.

Ask more!

Ask more!
Head of Early Childhood Education Mirka Laaksonen, will be happy to help. You can also contact the Pilke day care centre managers or regional managers in your area.