The playschool with goodwill
Pyhän Marian lastentarha is situated by one of the most beautiful parks in Helsinki, Kaivopuisto, which is close to the sea, harbour and market square. In the park the children play, explore nature, do sports and can enjoy being outdoors all year round. Additionally, in close proximity to the playschool there are many lovely places for outings. Suomenlinna, Korkeasaari Zoo, Seurasaari and Harakansaari are just a few great examples. And since it’s a short distance to downtown Helsinki, there are good opportunities to take part to many cultural events like concerts, exhibitions and worships. With the public transportation it’s even possible to make trips outside the city.
Support and respect
The parents have given life to their child, they are the most important caretakers and have the primary and undivided right and responsibility of their child, but raising children is a joined effort. We hope to provide the children an environment where every child dares to be who they are, feels cared for, is heard and understood, and feels safe.
A clear daily schedule provides a strong foundation.
Manners, honesty and justice are the building blocks for one’s self-being. Kindness and easy, straightforward togetherness improve social skills. Bullying is not allowed.
Developing creativity, imagination and self-expression through vocal, artistic, musical and physical means is part of the daily routine. Parents can also enroll children for piano or violin lessons.
It is important to prepare children for the approaching school. When this is done gradually from the first year onwards, there is not too much pressure by the time the children reach the preschool year.
The official language of the playschool is Finnish, but you can also hear Swedish, Polish or Spanish spoken. English is part of the daily schedule.
The way of life at Pyhän Marian lastentarha is Christian and international. Since the families represent several cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds, tolerance is self-evident.