THE ENGLISH KINDERGARTEN-KOTKA

INFORMATION & APPLICATION FORMS

Below are the applications forms from the City of Kotka in both Finnish and English. Click to open in the browser. Simply print the applications and fill in the information needed and submit them to Kotka City.

APPLICATION FOR DAY CARE (English)

PÄIVÄHOITOHAKEMUS (Finnish)

Kindergarten – Philosophy

The specialty of the kindergarten, in addition to normal day care education is to guide children to globalisation. The primary goal is to immerse the children in English. We strive to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere to support the holistic development of children and provide good conditions for learning new things.

 

Partial immersion is used for teaching English. English teachers speak only English and Finnish teachers use both languages. English language is also used for theme based curriculum and the themes change approximately every month. Children are divided into age groups (6 years, 4-5 years, 3-4 years and under 3 years). The proportion of English increases with age.

 

The weekly schedule includes a variety of arts and crafts, music, games, exercise and short teaching sessions in both English and Finnish languages. Daily activities include dining, a rest time, free play and outdoor activities. During the school year we make several field trips with the children; for example to the library, market square, theatre, parks, sports field and into the woods.

 

GOALS

  • Learning English is fun!
  • English is a valuable and necessary communication tool and an excellent skill for both living in the international city of Kotka and in the future as a world citizen.
  • Raising awareness and interest in other cultures and languages.
  • Positive social relationships.
  • Experiences of success that will strengthen child’s self-esteem.
  • Educational partnership: close co-operation between parents and kindergarten.

 

METHODS

  • Early English language immersion with 50-100% of instruction in English. Studies show that immersion is the easiest and most natural method for children to learn an additional language.
  • A safe, open and friendly environment that encourages children in learning.
  • Curriculum guided by fun and interesting themes, including traditions of both Finnish and English speaking cultures.
  • Daily routines and activity times in English.
  • Visual aids, gestures and body language to support understanding of English.
  • Qualified and motivated staff that openly collaborates with parents.

 

PARENTS' ROLE

  • To support child’s native language development by speaking and reading in your mother tongue.
  • To encourage child’s thirst for knowledge.
  • o display a positive attitude in learning and using the English language.
  • To actively participate by joining the parent’s committee and The Kotka Finnish-American Society.

The simplest way to enrol your child is to contact the kindergarten directly, just dial Tel. 05-218-8008 and ask for Marianne Wainio or simply email us here…

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THE SERVICE PROVIDED TO THE FAMILIES

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Together with our parents we want to raise our children in a safe and caring environment that will encourage the children to grow into self-motivated, confident, and co-operative individuals.

 

We believe every child is unique and hope to strengthen his/her self- esteem. We emphasise the importance of good manners as well as important social skills. The children are immersed in the English language through curriculum and play. We hope to instil a sense of global awareness and tolerance of all people.

 

FAMILY

COLLABERATION BETWEEN THE  TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND CHILDREN

  • Meet the families with different needs/ backgrounds.
  • Cooperation with the families.

 

SAFETY OF EVERYDAY LIFE

  • Open, warm, friendly, atmosphere.
  • The kindergarten is a safe place that children enjoy coming to.

 

QUALIFIED STAFF

  • All teachers, staff, and volunteers are professionals.
  • All staff members share a common goal.
  • Open communication between staff members and families.

 

CHILDREN

EVERY CHILD IS UNIQUE

  • Self-esteem/ positive self-image.
  • Learning to become independent.
  • Finding own place in a group, without feeling the pressure to be all the same.
  • Safety.

 

RESPECTING OTHERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Social skills/ emotional intelligence.
  • Cooperation.
  • Not promoting competition.
  • Looking after nature.

 

GOOD MANNERS

  • Greetings and thank you.
  • Polite and proper talk.
  • Good table manners.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

  • Becoming acquainted with the language and culture.
  • International/ global atmosphere.
  • Accepting people with different backgrounds.

LOCATION AND HOW TO CONTACT US

The Kotka Kindergarten is located near the beautiful botanical gardens of Sapokka and the sandy beaches of Mansikkalahti.



The English Kindergarten-Kotka

Tammikatu 16, 48130 Kotka, Finland.

Tel. 05-218-8008 Marianne Wainio

Email. kotkansay@kymp.net

The English Kindergarten-Kotka

Tammikatu 16, 48130 Kotka, Finland.

Tel. 05-218-8008 Marianne Wainio

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