Töölö 2

Töölö 2 kindergarten is the most recent addition to the Finnish American Kindergarten Company, opening in 2015. We have two units here, a Toddler unit catering for children aged 2-3 years of age and unit for the older children ranging from 3-6 years of age. Töölö 2 offers a very close knit international community with 7 staff members bringing expertise from a wide range of backgrounds and qualifications.

The open plan building allows the children to play and learn in a social environment where all children and staff members know each other well, from the youngest to the oldest!

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (U.K.) and also incorporate recommendations from Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care as well as the City of Helsinki Curriculum for Early Childhood and Preschool Education. We plan and teach in a way that ensures each child has age appropriate, holistic and individualised learning.  We strive to develop a joy of learning in each child and follow weekly themes, guided by our children’s own interests.

We pride ourselves on professionalism and our commitment to both the children and parents but most of all making each day filled with FUN!!

Contact Details

Finnish-American Kindergarten
Arkadiankatu 35
00100 Helsinki
Mobile: 040356 0086
Email: toolo2@finnamkindergarten.com

Sijaintimme

Arkadiankatu 35
00100 Helsinki

Sijaintimme

Arkadiagatan 35, 00100 Helsingfors, Finland

Toddlers

Töölö 2 is the only Kindergarten in the Finnish American Kindergarten Company that has a Toddler Unit (2-3 years old). We have space for 12 toddlers and have 3 full time staff members working on a 1:3/4 ratio with the children.

This small group number allows for individualised planning, teaching and observation.

The Toddlers do have access to our main unit at regular times during the day so the children get to socialise with the older children and the teachers. The Toddlers will learn important self help/social skills such as eating, dressing, toilet training, friendships and playing with others. The staff also prepare the children for the transfer to our 3 years old group by working on academic skills such as basic numbers/letter sounds/colours and independent thinking skills.

3 - 5 Year Olds

In our main unit, we have space for 24-28 children ranging in age from 3 – 6 years old.

The children have their own designated age group. Each age group has their individual identity and a teacher who plans, teaches, observes and assesses each child in that group. The groups carry out two ‘work’ sessions a day with their teacher focusing on adult directed activities based around our theme of the week.

The children also have opportunities for structured play (linked to the theme) throughout the day which allows them to socialise with the different age groups and develop important friendship skills.

 

Pre-schoolers

We are an accredited part of the Helsinki city pre-school system, following Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care as well as the City of Helsinki Curriculum for Early Childhood and Preschool Education.  We also integrate the EYFS Key Stage 1 U.K. curriculum.

Pre school children work to a more formal timetable and are required to have 4 hours of pre school education a day. As our places are full time this requirement is met over the daily routine.

The pre school group have a formal area in the kindergarten and are taught in a ‘classroom’ environment. This is vital as the children need to develop independence, confidence, problem solving abilities and skills that will enable them to make the transition into 1st Grade, whether in the Finnish Primary system or in an International School.

The children will be taught by a qualified teacher who is able to deliver the pre school curriculum.

 

Extra Curricular Activities

At Töölö 2 we have our own Gym Space. We not only teach focused Gym Sessions to each group every week but a karate club (Moovkids) and a music club (International School of Music) use this space to hold ‘after-school clubs’ for Töölö & Töölö 2 children only. Parents can register and enrol with these companies if they want their child to take part. Parents will be invoiced by the appropriate company.

Daily Programme for 3-6 year olds

 

8:00 – 9:00
Doors open, parents and children welcomed, table activities set out.
9:30- 10:00
Circle Time. We go through our daily routines (registration, calendar), we discuss our topic for that week, we have our song of the week and play games related to the theme.
10:00 – 10:45
Play and work time. Children work in small groups with their teacher, then choose structured play activities available. Each age group has it’s own teacher.
10:45 – 11:00
Story Time. Children will listen to stories link to the weekly theme.
11:00 – 11.30
Lunch time. Our lunches are delivered by Fazer Food Services. Children with special diets can be catered for.

11:30 – 12.00

Quiet reading
Dressing for outdoor play.

12:00 – 13:30
Outdoor play. If the weather conditions are extremely bad we will use the gym space for physical games and activities.
13:30 – 13:45
Afternoon Circle Time
13:45 – 15:00
Play/work time, the focus is on creative activities.
15:00 – 15:45
Snack time.
15:45 – 16:45
Park time. Parents pick up from park
16:45 – 17:00
Return to the kindergarten/quiet reading/pick up time

Daily Programme for 2 year olds

 

8:00 – 9:15
Doors open, parents and children welcomed, table activities set out, play time.
9:15 – 10:30
Dressing time and Park Time

On Mondays, Toddlers have their weekly Gym Session.

10:30 – 10:45

Toilet time, getting ready for lunch routine

10:45 – 11:00

Quiet book time

11:00 – 11:30
Lunch time. Our lunches are delivered by Fazer Food Services. Children with special diets can be catered for.
11:30 – 13:30
Nap time.
13:30 – 14:00
Play/focused activity time
14:00 – 14:30

Afternoon Circle Time and Story Time

14:30 – 15:00
Snack time
15:00 – 16:45
Park time, parents pick up from park
16:45 – 17:00
Return to the kindergarten/quiet reading /pick up time

Daily Programme for 3-6 year olds

  • 8:00 – 9:00
    Doors open, parents and children welcomed, table activities set out.
  • 9:30- 10:00
    Circle Time. We go through our daily routines (registration, calendar), we discuss our topic for that week, we have our song of the week and play games related to the theme.
  • 10:00 – 10:45
    Play and work time. Children work in small groups with their teacher, then choose structured play activities available. Each age group has it’s own teacher.
  • 10:45 – 11:00
    Story Time. Children will listen to stories link to the weekly theme.
  • 11:00 – 11.30
    Lunch time. Our lunches are delivered by Fazer Food Services. Children with special diets can be catered for.
  • 11:30 – 12.00

    Quiet reading
    Dressing for outdoor play.

  • 12:00 – 13:30
    Outdoor play. If the weather conditions are extremely bad we will use the gym space for physical games and activities.
  • 13:45 – 15:00
    Play/work time, the focus is on creative activities.
  • 15:00 – 15:45
    Snack time.
  • 15:45 – 16:45
    Park time. Parents pick up from park
  • 16:45 – 17:00
    Return to the kindergarten/quiet reading/pick up time

Daily Programme for 2 year olds

  • 8:00 – 9:15
    Doors open, parents and children welcomed, table activities set out, play time.
  • 9:15 – 10:30
    Dressing time and Park Time

    On Mondays, Toddlers have their weekly Gym Session.

  • 10:30 – 10:45

    Toilet time, getting ready for lunch routine

  • 10:45 – 11:00

    Quiet book time

  • 11:00 – 11:30
    Lunch time. Our lunches are delivered by Fazer Food Services. Children with special diets can be catered for.
  • 11:30 – 13:30
    Nap time.
  • 13:30 – 14:00
    Play/focused activity time
  • 14:00 – 14:30

    Afternoon Circle Time and Story Time

  • 14:30 – 15:00
    Snack time
  • 15:00 – 16:45
    Park time, parents pick up from park
  • 16:45 – 17:00
    Return to the kindergarten/quiet reading /pick up time
The kindergarten follows the following work and holiday schedule:
1st Day

August 1 (Wednesday)

Closures and exceptions

December 6: Independence day

December 22-January 6: Christmas holiday

 

April 19 – April 22: Easter holiday

May 1: May day

May 30: Ascension Day

June 21-July 31: Summer holiday

Last day

June 20

August 1 (Wednesday)
First day of term
December 6 : Independence day
December 22-January 6 :
Christmas holiday
Closed
April 19 – April 22 : Easter holiday
Closed
May 1:  May day
May 30: Ascension Day
Closed
June 20
Last day of term
June 21-July 31:
Summer holiday