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Alakööki - Developement Unit for Sustainable Development and Cultural Education in Early Education

Alakööki shall

  • plan and carry out eventful activities for the daycare unit 
  • develop and promote sustainable development education and cultural education
  • organise activities and visits in cooperation with various cultural institutions and other operators in the City
  • operate as the local Green Flag promoter of the Finnish Environmental Education Society
  • develop physical education activities at daycare (so-called Mobile Early Education Project)

The corner stone of Alakööki is built on

  • early education and preschool plans for the City daycare
  • City environmental programme
  • locality

Alakööki expands the learning environment horizons for daycare units.

Alakööki organises activities for instance in the following locations:

  • Hupisaaret City Park
  • Timosenkoski Nature School camping site
  • The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum
  • Oulu Museum of Art
  • Oulu City Theatre
  • Oulu City Library
  • daycare centres
  • woods and parks close to daycare centres
  • family cafes organised by Mannerheim League for Child Welfare

 

Sustainable development

Reppu Team for sustainable development in early education

  • promotes and develops sustainable development education with their expertise and buids rapport
  • plans training for early education personnel

The team drew up the Sustainable Development Action Programme 2006 for Early Education.

The team consists of early education service manager, kindergarten teachers and Alakööki Staff.

Alakööki

  • is the "workhorse" and convenor for the team
  • organises training and other events for early education personnel
  • maintains an email list for the sustainable development collaborators at daycare centres and emails monthly bulletins and tips
  • represents early education at the Sustainable Development Team for Education and Cultural Services, at Oulu Global School Team, at North Ostrobothnia Environmental Education Collaboration Team
  • promotes the Green Flag Programme by Finnish Environmental Society for daycare centres in the region
  • is a member of the Finnish Association of Nature and Environmental Schools

Culture

Kulttuurikapsäkki -  Team for early cultural education

  • promotes and develops cultural education with their expertise and builds rapport
  • plans the joint cultural education theme with its starting and closing celebrations annualy
  • plans training for early education personnel

The team consists of the early education service manager, cultural producer, kindergarten teachers and Alakööki staff.

Alakööki

  • Alakööki is the "workhorse" and convenor for the Kulttuurikapsäkki team
  • organises training and other events for early education personnel
  • maintains an email list for the cultural collaborators at daycare centres and emails bulletins and tips
  • represents early education at the Cultural Team working group containing seven cultural institutions, Basic Arts Education Unit, Education and Young People Services
  • organises the so-called cultural godparent activities between daycare and various art institutions they brainstormed

Sports

Mobile Early Education Project 2012 to 2015

Mobile Early Education is a three-year project to promote children's activity with the main goal in bringing more mobility to a child's day at the daycare centre. The aim of the project is to encourage a child's motor development by sports, creating shared opportunites for sports for the family, encouraging pro-sports attitude in the staff as well as supporting their skills and building up and strengthening the collaborative structures for sports.

All municipal daycare centres are a part of the programme and each daycare centre aims at their goals by individual, daycare centre specific cooperation. The project consider physical education regarding individual daycare centres and needs and conditions; an annual watch for sports is drawn up along with age-appropriate sports plans for each age group to enhance everyday mobility and at the same time to allow the children practise their motor skills in accordance with their development. Collaboration will take place at every daycare centre during the project. The project includes also training programmes and daycare-specific equipment acquisition plans.

A sprts coordinator runs the project and is the expert, the pep talker and coordinator helping in achieving the goals. Mobile Early Education is a part of the Mobile School cooperation.

Description of the activities

ACTIVITIES IN THE NATURE

HUUTILAMPI FOREST ADVENTURES
In  August, a traditional Huutilampi forest adventure takes place in the Timosenkoski Nature School area. The forest elf needs help along the footpath and the troll may require advice regarding the forest and at the same time adventurers have an excellent opportunity to get to know a forest. The adventures are fairytale-like, full of events and activity and contain bits of information suitable for small children.

HUPISAARTEN HELEMI
Hupisaarten helemi is a good fairy in the city park aroun Alakööki. Helemi means Pearl and that's what she is, a true treasure for the park and a friend of the animals, plants, rocks and water. In autumn Helemi takes the children to Hupisaaret to watch, explore and sense the nature as well as solve Helemi's tiny challenges. While in Ainola Park, one may also see Roska-Roope.

TIERNAPOLKU, STAR PATH
Tiernapolku, star path - with its Star Boy theme is an activity walk in the vincinity of daycare centres. Along the walk, local Christmas tradition regarding the Star Boy play with its cast will be introduced to the participants.

CHRISTMAS PATH
Taavi and Tiivi elves' Christmas path full of activity and events locates near day care centres.

WINTER WITH FOREST ANIMALS
Winter adventure path near daycare centres. Along the path, children see how winter affects animals who live in woods.

YRTTI-MYRTTI WITCH'S EASTER ADVENTURE
Yrtti-Myrtti Witch flies with her broomstick to Kyöpelinvuori, a remote mountain, to spend her Easter with other witches. True to her name Yrtti-. Myrtti i.e., Herbie-Myrtle, she is very fond of all sorts of plants. On her way, she stops to admire and take in the atmosphere and plants at the conservatory. At the same time she organises plants-related activities for groups in daycare.

EARLY SPRING
In May the park wakes up: birds sing, leaves are budding, insects buzz and curious tiny ducklings walk up and down the paths. During the nature walk, the daycare group will observe the signs of spring by moving about, playing and exploring.

COAT OF ARMS ADVENTURE
Oulu City coat of arms portrays a castle and a salmon. The guided adventure tour to the history of the coat of arms starts at Linnasaari, proceeds through the Northern Ostrobothnian Museum to Hupisaaret and fish ladder. The story tells about Oulu and the birth of the coat of arms in early 17th century. The aim is to find the missing pieces to the coat of arms; it is also an opportunity to learn a little about the castle history and salmon fishing then and fish ladder now.

BIRD WATCHIN
In May and June guided bird watching tour with activities in Hupisaaret. During bird watching, birdlife is introduced to children through play, investigation and numerous experiments.

 

ACTIVITIES AT DAYCARE CENTRES

JÄTEJENGI'S NEW HAPPY LIFE
A puppet show telling about recycling salvageable materials.

VILLE VARIS JA ROJUPÖHÖ
Puppet-show tells about wasting and excessive consumption.

WINTER RUMBLES AND BANGS
A puppet show explains about nature conservation.
 

ACTIVITIES AT CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

THE NORTHERN OSTROBOTHNIA MUSEUM

  • At the time of sail boats - a guided tour at the seafaring department to learn about local maritime history throughs stories and exhibits.
  • As we used to live in Oulu a long time ago - aguided tour at the museum introducing Hilda and Peter and life as it used to be in the country as well as in town with the help of stories and exhibits.

OULU MUSEUM OF ART

  • Arts And Activities - guided tours with activities relating to present exhibitions at the museum.

OULU CITY LIBRARY

  • Library adventure for pre-schoolers. At the children's department in the main library, a search for the lost library card while being introduced to rhyme, fairytale, picture and refence books.

OULU CITY THEATRE

  • Introducing the theatre for pre-schoolers. A guided tour for pre-schoolers introducing facilities and activities at the theatre through a current children's play.

Alakööki
tel. + 358 44 703 5391
email:  alakooki.vaka@ouka.fi

Postal Code
Alakööki/Ainolan päiväkoti
Koulukatu 1
90100 Oulu
Finland

Location / Visiting address
Hupisaarten kaupunginpuisto City Park

The Hupisaari islands, a group of dozens of small islands and parks in the Oulujoki River estuary, are absolutely charming. In addition to parks, these lush islands with their white bridges feature wild meadows and groves. The botanic gardens which were previously located here left behind a rich heritage that flourishes on the islands of Paratiisisaari and Kiikkusaari. The most famous of the parks, Ainolan Puisto Park, is home to several monuments.