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Pilke Playschool Haukilahti

Päiväkodissa on tilaa
Opening hours
Mon—Fri 7.30—17.30 (7:30am—5:30pm) (as necessary)

To reach your child’s Teachers or for any information on your child’s day please call: tel. 046 878 4766!


The City of Espoo’s service voucher is used in the kindergarten from 1 January 2023. Read more here!

From 1.8.2024 the client fee as its highest is 361 €/month. Service voucher and daycare hours may affect to the fee

The playschool is part of Espoo city’s experiment for free-of-charge 20 hours of early childhood education per week for 5 years old children. Ask more information from the playschool manager.

Daisy Family

Kodin ja päiväkodin välisenä viesti- ja tiedotuskanavanamme toimii Daisy. Viestimme Daisyn kautta mm. päiväkodin tapahtumista ja kuulumisista.

Perheet ilmoittavat Daisyn kautta mm. hoitoaikavaraukset ja poissaoloilmoitukset.

Pilke DaisyFamily

It all starts with a warm smile in the morning, lots of fun and fresh air, a safe and enriching environment and gentle care.

With a 23-year history of providing early education and care, Pilke Haukilahti Playschool (formerly Garden City Westend Playschool) has now moved to a new bright and beautiful home for our community of families. We are now located at Kampelatie 4, in Espoo where we are close to forests, sports fields, public libraries and museums.

Playschool Haukilahti provides early childhood education and care in English for children from 1 to 6 years old, while simultaneously supporting Finnish language development through our “Suomi Klubi” which is incorporated in our curriculum on weekly basis. We are also an Espoo City approved Pre-school.

Through exploration, play, music, imagination, crafts, stories, and physical activity children expand their knowledge and build a strong foundation for a life-long positive attitude to learning. Children are encouraged to ask questions, to investigate and to share their learning with each other and all this happens in an environment where diversity is celebrated and multicultural awareness is nurtured, seeing each child as unique and valuable.

Excellent communication and cooperation with guardians are very important to us and several occasions are organized each year to closely involve families in our playschool life.

In Pilke Haukilahti, we follow the Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care, and we focus on learning & growing through play and self-expression.

In addition, we based our methodology on learning environments to support children’s development. Because research informs us that experience is the trigger that enables children to organize their brains to support the challenges they meet, and because we know that these experiences support the development of the whole child—social, emotional, cultural, linguistic, physical, and cognitive—a positive learning environment for young children needs to provide activities for all these aspects of growth.

In order to achieve this, we organize our classrooms to include activity areas/corners that offer opportunities for hands-on, play-based learning supported by a rich array of available materials that invite children to inquire, explore, discover, solve problems and engage with each other about ideas and learning experiences.

We love to go outside as well! We enjoy going on excursions, to parks, festivals, libraries and cultural events and to spend lots of fun times playing outdoors!

The world is a wonderful place and together with the children we explore and wonder every day!

Come and join us and discover first-hand the amazing community we are.

Pilke Playschool Haukilahti - Näin löydät meille!
Kampelatie 4
02170 ESPOO Suomi
Ota yhteyttä

Greetings from the Manager of Playschool Haukilahti!

Dear Families,

Welcome to Pilke Playschool Haukilahti in the heart of Espoo!

I am Maria and I have a master’s degree in educational leadership, a master’s degree in early childhood education, a diploma in social services and certificates in Reggio Emilia and Montessori methodologies and I am thrilled to extend this warm and personal greeting to you on behalf of our dedicated team.

I have been working in early childhood education all my life, as a bilingual kindergarten teacher, and playschool manager. I have lived and worked in many fantastic places like USA, Canada, UK and now Finland! I am the manager of this wonderful daycare, and I consider it both, a privilege, and a joy to be a part of this vibrant, caring, and multicultural community. Our daycare is not just a place where children come to learn; it's a second home, a place of growth, exploration, and smiles.

We are an English Language playschool, and our work community is a close-knit family, bound by a shared passion for early childhood education. We feel a sense of togetherness and purpose every day as we guide, nurture, and support our little ones on their unique learning journeys.

A good day in our kindergarten is one filled with curiosity and laughter, where every child feels seen, heard, and valued. We cherish the individuality of each child and tailor our approach to meet their specific needs and interests.

What sets our daycare apart is the spirit of inclusivity, cooperation, and a commitment to the principles of the Espoo ECEC curriculum. These values are not just words on paper; they are woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

One of the things we love to do with our children is to embark on exciting journeys of discovery. We encourage exploration and creativity through hands-on activities, outdoor adventures, and collaborative projects. Our aim is to nurture their natural curiosity and foster a love for learning.

Families who choose our daycare appreciate the strong sense of community and the supportive environment we provide. They have peace of mind, knowing that their children are in capable and caring hands.

But there's something more that's truly special about our daycare. It's the little moments - a child's first step, a shared story, the sparkle in their eyes when they grasp a new concept - that make our hearts swell with pride and joy. It's the sense of wonder that fills the air, reminding us of the magic of childhood.

So, if you're looking for a daycare centre that values your child's individuality, where they can explore, learn, and grow in a warm and inclusive environment, you've found it. We're not just educators; we're partners on this incredible journey of early childhood education.

I invite you to explore our daycare and discover why it's more than a place of learning - it's a place of love and belonging. We can't wait to welcome your family into our community.

Our customers have rated us

Pilke day-care centre customer satisfaction survey, 2024: “I am satisfied with the early childhood education and care of my child” (on a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 means best).

Visit our day-care centre to learn more!

Please contact and visit us to take a peek at the facilities and see the daily routine and activities at the day-care centre; We will get to know each other, answer your questions, and explain how to apply for and start day-care.

Or you can always send the Pilke application form. We will get back to you in 2 days, and arrange a tour!

Care and education, hand in hand

Our task is to create conditions in which children can not only learn facts and skills, but also prepare to face the big wide world with heart and kindness.

Please find for more information about our daycare centres and early childhood education and care!

Example of the daily routine at daycare

The daycare centre schedule is always designed based on its size and objectives. This routine is a general example of a day at daycare. The daycare centre manager provides further information on the routine of your daycare centre.


Daycare centre doors open. Welcome! We start the day with a hug and have a chat. Then we gradually start to play.






Small group activities indoors and outdoors.


n. 11.15

Lunch, followed by a rest. Some of the children sleep or rest while the others go outside. After the rest, it’s time for quiet play and activities.


n. 14.00




Play, small group activities and outdoor activities.



The daycare centre doors close. Thank you for today and see you tomorrow!

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Manager Maria Kajanus Lopez

I will be happy to answer any questions regarding our day-care centre; introduction visits, availability, applications, customer agreements and their amendments, invoicing, customer feedback, and so on.