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Home in Nature daycare centre Sotkankoto

Päiväkodissa on tilaa
Opening hours
Mon–Fri 7:30-17 (as necessary)

After the private care support, the client fee is a maximum of 490 € / month, depending on the care times and the child’s age.

Inquire about sister discount from the daycare manager. We also have free 4-hour early childhood education for 5-year-olds.

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

At Home in Nature daycare centre in Viikki’s natural surroundings

Pilke Sotkankoto’s nature-oriented lifestyle is shared by 40 children and their families, 6 educators and a daycare assistant. The At Home in Nature concept was conceived jointly with the Finnish Outdoor Association (linked site in Finnish) in connection with the establishment of our daycare centre in 1999. Since then, we have promoted the concept through active cooperation. Sotkankoto has its roots in the renowned Taiga Child daycare company (linked site in Finnish) which is now part of the Pilke family.

Outdoor life around the year

At Home in Nature involves outdoor life around the year, come rain or shine. We place emphasis on play and outdoor activities in nature as well as spending unhurried time and doing things together. Our activities are based on the idea of playful, active and unique children. Children’s participation and a sustainable lifestyle are values that guide our everyday operation.

Home in Nature daycare centre Sotkankoto - Näin löydät meille!
Koetilantie 1 C 13
00790 HELSINKI Suomi
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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.

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!

Apu: Tässä helsinkiläisessä päiväkodissa mennään luontoon, satoi tai paistoi – ”Lapset ovat metsässä paljon rauhallisempia"

Varhaiskasvatuksen opettaja Sami Forss olisi aina ulkona eskarilaisten kanssa, jos saisi itse valita. Luontopäiväkodissa kaupunkimetsään mennäänkin melkein joka päivä, kertoo Apu 12.9.2023 julkaisemassaan jutussaan

Luonnossa kotonaan -päiväkotien pedagogiikka

Kaikkien luonnossa kotonaan päiväkotiemme yhteisenä punaisena lankana on ajatus, että varhaislapsuuden ainutlaatuisen ajan ja lapsen henkilökohtainen kasvun tulee voida toteutua kiirettömyydessä, lämpöisessä ja turvallisessa ilmapiirissä, ilossa, arkeen linkittyvän aherruksen touhussa ja erityisesti luonnossa leikkien, liikkuen ja omaan tahtiin ihmetellen.

Luonnossa kotonaan -päiväkodit

Luonnossa kotonaan on ulkoilmaelämää säällä kuin säällä, ympäri vuoden. Toiminnassa korostuvat leikki ja luonnossa liikkuminen, kiireetön yhdessäolo ja yhdessä tekeminen. Toiminnan perustana on näkemys leikkivästä ja liikkuvasta, ainutlaatuisesta lapsesta. Lapsen osallisuus ja kestävä elämäntapa ovat toimintaa ohjaavia arvoja ja näkyvät arjessa.

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Manager Johanna Saunamäki

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.