Partners and sponsors
Touhula engages in active cooperation with both national and local partners and sponsors. A diverse range of partners enriches and enlivens our everyday activities in our ECEC centres and beyond.
Olympic committee Aiming to create an even more active day for children
Aiming to create an even more active day for children
Touhula and Olympic committee collaboration focuses on expertise. Since early 2017, all Touhula daycare centres have been taking part in the “Ilo kasvaa liikkuen” (Joy from Movement) programme, utilising the programme’s excellent tools in everyday activities and making good use of the network to add more movement to the daycare centre’s daily schedule.
The Olympic Committee and all Touhula daycare centres take joint responsibility for activating kids. The new type of cooperation aims to promote and develop Finnish athletic early education.
The cooperation entails embedding inspiring content into the daycare centres’ everyday lives, adding daily exercise for every child. At the same time, new innovative content is created to advance and develop the Finnish athletic early education as a whole.
HEI Schools Finnish early childhood education and care around the world
Finnish early childhood education and care around the world
HEI Schools (Helsinki International Schools) is an international preschool concept that brings the excellence of Finnish early childhood education to schools all over the world. HEI is founded in partnership with the University of Helsinki.
The HEI Schools concept combines playful curiosity and the freedom for exploring with deep scientific understanding about how children learn. All HEI Schools ECEC centres form an international ”HEI Family”, that unifies children around the world. HEI Schools concept was awarded two Gold Awards (Best Product and Best Service) and the Grand Prix prize of the whole competition at ”Vuoden huiput 2017”, an annual Finnish design competition.
ISS Finland's leading property and facility services company
Finland’s leading property and facility services company
ISS Finland provides its customers with comprehensive service solutions comprising cleaning, facility management, catering and security services, and the related support services.
ISS’s service promise to Touhula is to act as a reliable, responsible and professional facility management partner, which helps to ensure that daily activities run smoothly. Our professionals working on ECEC centre premises understand their indirect childrearing responsibilities: we set an example with our friendly and polite conduct, our diligence, and the professional pride we take in our work.
Reima Promoting physical activity and wellbeing among children
Promoting physical activity and wellbeing among children
Cooperation between Touhula daycare centres and childrenswear company Reima focuses on children’s physical activity and wellbeing. Over half of Touhula’s ECEC centres have a focus on physical activity whereas, through its products, Reima has been enabling outdoor and physical activity among children throughout its over 70-year history.
Children over the age of 5 can use ReimaGO activity trackers at Touhula ECEC centres. The purpose of the tracker is to monitor and support physical activity among children during care time.
It is recommended that children under the age of 8 have at least three hours of physical activities each day. This should comprise light exercise and vigorous outdoor activity, as well as very energetic physical activity. A pilot completed in the autumn of 2018 revealed that, on average, children at Touhula ECEC centres engage in 2.5 hours of physical activity per day while in ECEC.
ReimaGo activity trackers provide additional information on the impact of education intended to increase physical activity. The trackers provide information on how daycare instructors can help children to increase their physical activity during ECEC, and how the overall day can be structured to foster activity. ECEC staff and the parents can use their own application to monitor their children’s activity. The application also rewards activity during the day.
Touhula provides Reima rainwear for use by children in a few of its ECEC centres. The aim of this is to test a cooperation model based on which it is no longer necessary for families to bring rainwear to the ECEC centre.
Moomin Language School Learning is more fun on the children's terms
Learning is more fun on the children’s terms
Learning a foreign language as a child has positive effects that will last a lifetime. Children learn new languages the best before they go to school, as new information is acquired quickly and they have a natural interest in languages.
Moomin Language School helps kids learn a new language through joy and play.
We invest in a positive and supportive atmosphere that aims to encourage and inspire children to learn a foreign language. By encouraging the child to try and use the foreign language we also strengthen their linguistic identity.
Learning languages early on lays a solid foundation for all learning
Learning languages at an early age improves concentration, prevents learning disability, and accelerates learning new things. The use of a foreign language is integrated in all areas of learning. The positive effects are also evident in reading, speaking, and writing one’s mother tongue, as well as in social capabilities.
Five minutes a day is enough
The Moomin Language School learning application is part of the daycare centre’s everyday operation. In addition to language skills, these exercises develop children’s creativity, memory, mathematical thinking, and social skills. The digital technology motivates the child, makes it easier to use the language verbally, and speeds up learning. The learning only takes 5–15 minutes daily, depending on the child’s capabilities and age. Learning can be tracked in real time for each child.
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Kide Science Playful science for children
Playful science for children
Touhula has incorporated Kide Science’s proven pedagogical methods in its daily curriculum. Kide Science helps children to get excited about the natural sciences through play-based learning. Children are naturally curious. They get to know the world around them through exploration, trial and questioning. The pedagogical methods support children in their natural ability to wonder and question.
The method uses stories and drama to draw out kids’ curiosity towards natural phenomena. Every child will get to experience what it feels like to successfully experiment as they solve scientific puzzles and find answers to their own questions. Positive childhood experiences of exploration and independent learning have effects far into adulthood.
Kide’s proven pedagogical methods are based on rigorous academic research conducted at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The pedagogical approach is supervised by Jenni Vartiainen, who is a leading researcher in the field of play-based science education.
The Kide science clubs are organised in Touhula’s premises even in the evening time.