Information for families when a child starts kindergarten

Starting early childhood education is a big step for both the child and the entire family. The course of the first few days at daycare depend a lot on the child. Some children are naturally curious and enthusiastic while others take more time to adapt and require more routines and warm hugs.

Welcome to Pilke's early childhood education!

What happens on the first days at daycare?

Pilke has 20 years of experience in receiving new children. We encounter each child as an individual and identify their unique skills and interests.

This enables us to determine the best ways to ensure a smooth start to pleasant everyday life at daycare. In addition, we place emphasis on cooperation with the child’s family.

The course of the first day at daycare

A child’s daycare attendance starts with a familiarisation visit shortly before starting the actual early childhood education. When the first day at daycare finally comes, the child is already familiar with the daycare centre premises and possibly some of the other children.

At the daycare centre, the child is received by an adult who welcomes them and shows them their coat rack where they can keep their belongings, such as spare clothes, rainwear, bedtime toy and diapers.

After washing the hands, it is time to wish the child’s mother or father a nice day! This may bring tears to the eyes of both the child and the parent. It is an emotional moment, but we guarantee that the child will be fine. The parent’s task is the hardest. However, the higher the spirit when saying goodbye, the easier it is for the child to continue their day.

Days at the daycare generally follow the same routines, and the child quickly learns when it is time to go out, when to do handicraft and when to calm down for storytime. View an example of our daily programme!

The day passes quickly. When the parent comes to pick up their child, we wish that they tuck away their cell phone, headphones and other such equipment. We catch up with the parent and tell the day’s highlights. Then it is time to say ‘goodbye’ and ‘see you tomorrow’!

What else should I know about starting daycare?

Five tips for parents when their child starts daycare

If possible, take your child to and from daycare at the same times of day.
Maintain clear and regular daily routines at home too: morning and evening routines, play and rest times.
When taking your child to daycare, bid goodbye quickly and clearly.
Speak positively about daycare and our educators and be curious about your child’s daily activities.
If you or your child have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us!

Pilke’s early childhood education and care guidebook

How does the daycare-family cooperation work? What if my child falls ill? Is my child insured? Pilke’s early childhood education and care guidebook answers these questions along with many others. Download your copy here

Download Pilke handbook here!

Example timetable for a day at kindergarten

The day-to-day life of a daycare is always structured according to the size of the unit and its objectives. Here is a typical example of a day in our daycares. For more detailed information on the timetable for your daycare, please contact the manager.


The doors of the kindergarten open. Welcome! We start our day with cuddles and chatting with the children. Then we gradually move on to play.


Breakfast time


Small group activities and indoor and outdoor play.


Lunch and a day's rest. Some children sleep and some rest or go outside. After rest, there is a period of quiet play and activities before snack.




Small group activities and indoor and outdoor play.


The doors of the kindergarten close and we say goodbye. See you tomorrow!

Ask more!

Ask more!
Our Head of Early Childhood Education Mirka Laaksonen is happy to help. You can also contact the managers or regional directors of Pilke's daycare centres in your area.