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OEK is an exceptional kindergarten with a special atmosphere and a warm staff. The children are treated with love and affection and taught by mindful teachers who are also flexible as per the needs of the children. Loving this place made me decide to start a work-study there and even after leaving after nearly four years, I would come back to substitute. I cannot recommend it enough to any parent, student, or prospective employee.
In October 2015 I was a student at OEK for a duration of eight weeks. Being a University student from England meant that I was fortunate to see how the Finnish kindergarten education takes place and I was very impressed! The staff at Oulunkyla really care for the needs of their children and it was so rewarding to see their level of English develop so rapidly and to also be a part of their development. I was able to build some amazing relationships with the staff and children, and I miss them all. This amazing experience has stimulated me to study to become an English teacher abroad as my future career. Thank you for that!
Had a wonderful time during my job placement at OEK! Starting from the children to the staff and the parents too changed my perception about working with children. The staff made students feel at home and that made leading easier for us. The daycare organized everyday activities that enabled children to learn to express themselves in English. All in all it was great kindergarten!
The staff are all welcoming, nice people. The kids from different cultural backgrounds were also nice and I was easily accepted and this made my learning easy.
It was nicer than I expected! For me it was amazing how you took me straight away as a part of the team. I felt welcomed and somehow safe. What I mean by this, is that I knew if I had something on my mind I could talk about it without being scared of being judged. It was a pleasure to have a chance to work in this kind of environment. Cheers!
During my time at OEK as a student, I learnt a lot just from the staff alone. They are professionals and genuinely friendly. They support each other's ideas and encourage students and children to use their strengths and creativity (eg. music, arts, circus). They are well organized and they are not afraid to hear out staff member's, student's and children's suggestions to get better. All I can say is this is an awesome environment for children and students to learn and have fun.
I think the most satisfying thing was the warm welcome. You took me straight away as a partner. I think good atmosphere is the most important thing and here it worked so well. Never going to forget that! I think it is wonderful how you do so many different things with the kids. Crafts, trips, workshops, baking, preschool, parties, music and sports. And still you are always enthusiasticly inventing new things which the kids are going to love. This was my best work placement so far!
The staff!! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I thought their patience and attention to children was amazing. My instructor was really good at making sure I knew what was going on. I got feedback from her after every activity. Keep up the amazing work! The running of your kindergarten is better than any I have experienced back home in Ireland.
Safe, cozy, fun and warm are the words that come to mind as I look back on OEK as a former student. I did not have an easy start but I grew and learned so much throughout my two and a half year stay at OEK as a student. Now, that I have seen many kindergartens in Helsinki and Vantaa area I warmly recommend OEK to everyone! As a working parent myself, I have to say that OEK is indeed a very safe, small and cozy kindergarten, which I can appreciate a lot these days! This is exactly what children need while parents are at work, so that parents can know their kids are safe and enjoying their time!
I never expected something so great and enjoyable like this experience! I am used to understanding the word "kindergarten" in a different way. This place is totally different, of course in the best way! I have learned a lot from the teachers. I am really thankful for their patience and open hearts.
This place offers great supervision sessions that help you to work through any difficulties you may be having. I cannot stress enough how good this placement was for me. Outside of formal supervision sessions the staff were always willing to help. I found it easy to meet my course requirements and had a great experience in the process. When I was there we went on trips and organised games and activities. I had lots of laughs with the children and staff alike. I was welcomed into the organisation with open arms by all. This placement will always stay with me as the defining point in my career, because we spend all this time in college learning what to do during various incidents, but the real learning for me was on placement through my actions and through observing others.
I loved it there. I felt very welcome and I could tell that every staff member was really devoted to their jobs and to providing the best care for the children. I was taken in very well among the staff as there was no one that I didn't get to talk to. Had I stayed longer, I'm sure I would've made some long lasting friends :) OEK felt more like a home than a kindergarten. It's nicely put up and there's not one wall without artwork made by the children themselves. A truly inspiring place!