Staying warm in a Lapp hut
Daycare centre Sotkankoto is located in the midst of a forested field scenery in the Helsinki district of Viikki. In our hilly yard, we often have a breakfast by the campfire, and in the winter, we keep ourselves warm in our Lapp hut. Following the seasonal cycle, we play in the mud, go sled sliding, explore nooks and corners, do yard chores and cut firewood.
A close relationship with nature
We reserve three mornings for forest trips every week. Regular visits to the children’s domain in Rocky Forest, Squirrel Woods, Dragonfly Rocks and Manure Hill provide exhilaratingly diverse environments for play and other outdoor activities. Our relationship with nature deepens in the children’s favourite places that are full of good memories. First we run, then tiptoe and finally gallop freely across the fields like horses!
Organic vegetarian foods and free play
Depending on the age group, our self-made organic vegetarian meals are enjoyed indoors, in the warmth of our Lapp hut or outdoors when the weather allows. Free play is paced by daily instructed group games, story times and singalongs. At Sotkankoto, the children’s participation is connected to everyday activities, such as cutting vegetables, baking and other small chores. Small group activities and artistic work based on the children’s age enrich their world of experiences. Small group activities pace our daily transitions and actions in a familial atmosphere where everyone is accepted and allowed to participate – an atmosphere that facilitates our educators’ goal-oriented work to support the development of each and every child.
Close cooperation with parents
Our cooperation with parents is based on daily meetings, open partnership, parents’ evenings and communal celebrations and events. We also house a registered parents’ association that provides everyone with the opportunity to contribute to the common good of Sotkankoto’s children and families.
You are warmly welcome to join our community!
As part of our At Home in Nature activities, we promise to:
- spend unhurried time outdoors, come rain or shine,
- engage in outdoor activities several hours a day,
- make trips to close by nature at least three times a week,
- use primarily natural playthings,
- enable long-term play and versatile exercise for the children every day,
- ensure that an adult is always available and that everyone is appreciated as a unique individual,
- cherish the values of a sustainable lifestyle.