Kide Science has agreed with the City of Helsinki to bring playful, story-based science education to their daycare students. The program includes training materials for the teachers, as well as inspiring lesson plans.
9th of February 2021
Kide Science and Helsinki Announce Partnership for Daycare Centers
Kide Science has agreed with the City of Helsinki to bring playful, story-based science education to their daycare students. The program includes training materials for the teachers, as well as inspiring lesson plans. “Last year we did a trial with 10 City of Helsinki Daycare centers. We collected feedback from the educators, who used the materials in their classrooms during the year. Due to the positive reception and feedback this program received, we decided to expand this and allow all the Daycare centers to participate,” says City of Helsinki Project Planner, Nina Auvinen.
With the help of Kide Science materials, anyone can start their science education. The lessons are easily adjusted to fit the needs of each unique group. The experiences the educators shared were overwhelmingly positive:
”Overall, easy material to understand, fast and easy to adopt. It’s fast to plan science education lessons.”
”The focus on stories has helped the children concentrate and Hoseli the Robot has become an important friend to the children.”
”Anyone can do these lessons with children, this is a clear bonus.”
”Materials are easy to adjust and use creatively. You can either use everything, or pick the subjects that fit you the best.”
Kide Science offers the City of Helsinki inspiring digital learning materials for the educators to help them with science education for 3-6 year-olds. The platform helps educators implement playful science education through which children learn important science process skills.
Kide Science is based on the research on science education for young children in playful learning environments by Kide Science’s founder, PhD Jenni Vartiainen. “Science process skills are those fundamental skills that enable someone to find out about the world: how I make an observation, how I describe that observation to others, how I interpret and classify my observations, and how I measure and make predictions,” she says.
“The core finding of my research was the realization that it is especially in early education where the learning and practising of these skills is most fruitful, especially when done through play. One of the most important factors here is to develop the child’s agency at this receptive age.”