Lahti English Kindergarten

Lahti English Kindergarten (LEK) has been highly recognized since 1970, for its excellent early childhood education and care. Every year around sixty-five children develop their English skills by hearing, speaking, and singing; while playing, creating art, and learning about the variety of English speaking cultures.

What makes Lahti English Kindergarten special?

We provide an environment where English is spoken throughout the day. This is beneficial for young children because it facilitates natural language acquisition, develops accurate pronunciation and accent, enhances cultural understanding, promotes cognitive benefits, boosts long-term fluency, and provides potential academic advantages.

We place a strong emphasis on recruiting the very best and most qualified staff. Qualified staff play a crucial role in creating a nurturing environment that promotes holistic development and sets the stage for future success.

We follow the same educational principles as other Finnish daycares, based on the National Curriculum Guidelines for Early Childhood (VASU). However, we provide the experience in English as well as incorporating the best elements of different educational systems from around the world.

We provide a global perspective which prepares children for a multicultural world. In addition to our many Finnish families and staff, we also have families and staff from many different cultural backgrounds. This provides a diverse and inclusive environment for children to learn and interact with peers and adults of various nationalities.

We were established in 1970, by the Finnish American Association. In 1991 and we became independent from the Finnish American Association. Our association does not seek profit from its activities and all revenue is used to aid the children at the kindergarten. This may come in the form of purchasing of new materials, continuing staff development, facility improvements, funding of field trips, and providing cultural activities.

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