ABOUT JACOB'S KINDERGARTEN

JACOB'S KINDERGARTEN


Jacob’s Kindergarten was founded in 1996 and is privately run by an association. Our goal is to offer attractive and high quality daycare. The children learn English through early language immersion techniques – no previus knowledge of English is therefore needed. We offer daycare in a safe and stimulating environment by a competent and professional staff. Jacob’s Kindergarten is operated by a non-profit parent-run association. The board, which gets elected every year at the Annual Meeting, consists of parents who have or have had their children at Kindergarten. This means that every parent has an excellent opportunity to take part in and influence the running of the Kindergarten.

STAFF


TERESA HÄGGBLOM

Kindergarten Teacher / Manager

My name is Teresa Häggblom. I am 26 years old and originally from Jeppo but I have lived in Jakobstad since 2010. I started working here at Jacob’s Kindergarten January 2017. I am the Manager and also a kindergarten teacher in the Yellow house. I’ve studied to become a kindergarten in Jakobstad at Åbo Akademi and graduated in 2014 after which I started working in Vörå at a kindergarten. Since then I’ve worked at Vestersundby daghem and been home with my daughter who’s born 2015. I like to do crafts and spend time with my family during my free time. I also like to bake and cook whenever I have the time. The best thing with Jacob’s Kindergarten is that it’s like a big family. It doesn’t feel like work all the time because you get a lot of love from the children and the staff. That we all speak English here makes me feel like I’m on a trip when I’m at Kindis. It also makes the feeling of a family bigger. Kindis IS loving staff and loving children!

MAGDALENA BERGDAL

Kindergarten Teacher / Vice Manager

My name is Magdalena Bergdal. I work as a kindergarten teacher in the Red House with the 1-3 year olds. I am also the vice manager. I graduated Bachelor of Arts (Education) from Åbo Akademi in 2011 and i have been working here at Kindis since then. At the moment I am continuing my studies to get my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I am originally from Nedervetil, but now live in an apartment in the center of Jakobstad together with my fiancé. It was during a year off from school, when working as a substitute at the daycare centers in my home town, that I discovered what an amazing, inspiring job it is to work with children. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going out for runs, listening to music and playing the guitar. I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

TANJA HAGA

Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Tanja Haga. I work as a kindergarten teacher here at Jacob’s Kindergarten in the yellow house. I am 22 years old and live in Kokkola with my family that consists of my boyfriend, dog and cat. I graduated as a kindergarten teacher in spring 2017 and started working here at Kindis in the autumn of 2017. It’s very exciting and fun and I enjoy being here in the company of nice colleagues and amazing children. I love working with children because it is a rewarding job that offers lots of variety, there are routines but no day is the same. Not only the children learn something in a kindergarten but also the adults! My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, working out and listening to music.

MALIN ÅSTRAND

Administrator / Practical Nurse

My name is Malin Åstrand. I live in Västanpå, Jakobstad with my husband Klaus and our three children Tilde, Erik and Isak. I am the administrator at Jacob's Kindergarten and also work as a practical nurse. I have been involved in Kindis since 2009, first as a parent and a board member and from 2013 also as a member of the staff. I have a master's degree in English and economics from Åbo Akademi University and I am also a qualified practical nurse. My interests include reading, knitting, travelling and spending time with family and friends. Working with children is a very rewarding job, it is wonderful to get to know each and every child and to see them develop and learn. It is also very exciting and fun to get to follow how the children's language develop and and to be able to give them the opportunity of learning English.

CARINA WIKSTRÖM

Practical Nurse

My name is Carina Wikström. I am a trained socialpedagog and I have been working as a childrens nurse at Jacob’s Kindergarten since 1997. I live in Överesse with my husband Björn and our three children; Linnea, Melker and Elsa. We also have a dear family member in Melvin, the cat. Working and caring for my family fill most of my days, but I try to take time to read and to be active. A few years ago me and some friends took up football again and that has been a fun way of gaining more energy. I find working with children very rewarding and although the daily routines are the same, each day is new and different - and not one passes without a smile! Iam fortunate to be part of an engaged team whose focus is on ensuring that each child feels seen, safe and appreciated. 

JO LAURENCE

Practical Nurse

My name is Jo Laurence. I work here in the yellow house as a practical nurse/native speaker and i also run the English Club for children who have moved on from Kindis. I’m originally from England but i’ve been living in Jakobstad with my husband since 2001. Whilst our children were small i worked as a childminder and saw firsthand the benefits of early language immersion. This led me to a TEFL qualification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Shortly after i started teaching courses for young children with Arbis and then joined the Kindis team in 2011. I so enjoy interacting with the children and seeing language skills develop so fast. I love being a member of the creative team that provides the caring and supporting environment for your child. It’s a real joy to work here and be part of the growing Kindis community.

MIA KORKEA-AHO

Practical Nurse

My name is Mia Korkea-aho. I have known from a young age that I wanted to work with children. I live in Jakobstad and I have worked here at Jacob’s Kindergarten as a childrens nurse since November 2016. I graduated from Jakobstads gymnasium in 2012 and after graduating i got an opportunity to go to England and work as an au-pair for four months, during which i learned a lot. Since then I have worked in customer service, elderly care and disability care. I started my studies at Yrkesakademin in january 2014 and graduated as a practical nurse in spring 2016. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends, go to flea markets, watch movies/ listen to music and go for walks. Getting to know the children and their families, being a part of their every day life and seeing them learn new things is why I love my job!

TOBIAS SUNDQVIST

Cleaning & Breakfast

My name is Tobias Sundkvist. I have been working here at Kindis since 2004. I do all the daily cleaning in both houses and I prepare breakfast for children in the morning. I’ve been working amongst children for many years and got my first experiences as a daycare trainee at daycare centers in Jakobstad. I’m a creative person and i usually keep myself busy with several ongoing projects in my spare time. It could be anything from renovating and decorating to restoring vintage bicycles and electronics. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, visiting flea markets, watch movies and go for walks. I love music and am a fan of soul and jazz. It´s great to work here and it is often the simple things that matters. A child’s small talk at the breakfast table, someone saying “Good Morning” and “Thank you” brighten my workdays.

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STAFF

27

CHILDREN

21

YEARS OF ENGLISH IMMERSION

approx. 450

HAPPY CHILDREN

THE DAILY SCHEDULE


07.00

Kindergarten opens

07.00-07.30

Free play

07.30-08.00

Breakfast

08.15-09.30

Outdoors playtime

09.45-10.00

Morning assembly

10.00-11.15

Structured learning / Free play

11.15-11.30

Assembly

11.30-12.00

Lunch

12.00-14.00

Nap time for younger children

12.00-13.00

Quiet activities for older children

13.00-14.00

Free play

14.30-14.45

Snack

15.00-16.30

Outdoors playtime

16.30

Kindergarten closes

YEARLY EVENTS


  • KINDIS OPENS

  • AUTUMN TALKO

  • AUTUMN MARKET

  • HALLOWEEN

  • QUARTERLY CHATS

  • THANKSGIVING LUNCH

  • AUTUMN FUNDRAISING

  • SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS

  • LUCIA

  • CHRISTMAS PARTY

  • ANNUAL MEETING

  • CHILDRENS DAY / OPEN HOUSE

  • QUARTERLY CHATS

  • END OF YEAR PARTY

  • SPRING MARKET

  • SPRING FUNDRAISING

  • END OF YEAR TRIP

  • KINDIS CLOSED

  • ATTENDING JAKOBS DAGAR

FEES


Our fees are in line with the council day care fees. The fee consists of one part that is paid by the families themselves and one part that is paid by Kela, the private day care allowance (173,74/month from 1.1.2016). The private day care allowance is paid directly to us and we deduct it from your monthly fee.

You can find more information about the Private day care allowance hereYou can find the Private day care allowance form here

Day care fees from 1.8.2016, lunch included:

  • Whole day care 474,74/month (301 € with the private day care allowance)
  • Part time care 383,74/month (210 € with the private day care allowance)

Additional fees:

  • Breakfast 35 €/term
  • Snack 35 €/term
  • Membership fee 20 €/term

Whole day care is Mo-Fri 7.00-16.30Part time care is 27 h/week, either Mo-Fri 8.00-13.25 or Tue-Thu 7.30-16.30

APPLY FOR JACOB'S KINDERGARTEN

ENGLISH CLUB


When a child leaves Kindergarten he or she is welcome to join our English Club.The club is held once a week, on Tuesday evenings 18.00-19.30, and it gives the children the opportunity to maintain and improve their English skills as well as meet their Kindergarten friends.English Club is aimed at children aged 5-8 and the activities are planned to be fun and interesting.

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CONTACT


JACOB'S KINDERGARTEN

Sjömansvägen 1968620 Jakobstad, FINLANDOffice: 045-879 9372Yellow House: 040-5253377Red House: 045-8058568E-mail: info@jacobskindergarten.com


Jacob's Kindergarten was founded in 1996 and is privately run by a non-profit parents-run association. The board, which gets elected in March at the annual meeting consists of parents who have or have had their children at Jacob's Kindergarten.

Our goal is to offer attractive and high-quality day care. At Jacob's Kindergarten everyone is treated with respect, love and care. The children are always in the centre and we strive to make sure that the basic needs of each child are fulfilled. We guide and support the children according to their own special needs, in order to optimise the development of each and every individual.

We apply early anguage immersion techniques, where the staff uses mainly English, and the child’s mother tounge is understood. We use expressions, gestures and visual aids in addition to speaking. Children do not need to know English in order to start at Jacob’s Kindergaten. The children learn English through activities like games, stories, songs and poems.