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Welcome to Gan

Päiväkoti Gan Jeladim is a daycare center run by the Jewish community of Helsinki. The daycare operates in the center of Helsinki offers pre-school and early childhood education for children aged 3-6.

Educational principles

Gan Jeladim offers children a safe and caring environment to grow in. We encourage creativity through crafts, drawing and music. Our Finnish-speaking kindergarten conveys Jewish traditions, we learn songs in Finnish and Hebrew the children celebrate holidays from the both Finnish and Jewish calendar. 

Gan Jeladim also organizes afternoon activities for students of the first and second grade of the Jewish Community School in Helsinki.

Jewish Culture Curriculum

Jewish culture is a significant part of the daycare curriculum. Kabbalat Shabbat is held every Friday, and the week begins with Havdala. Jewish Holidays are taught and celebrated through stories, art and food. Hebrew is learned with the help of songs and stories.

Information for parents

Admission requirements

The child can start kindergarten if they can manage without a diaper, and turn three years old in the same year. Both parents must be members of the community. If only one of the parents meets the conditions for membership in the community, he / she must be a member.

Gan - home cooperation

Cooperation between Gan and the parents is important for the children's well-being. Parents are encouraged to keep in touch with the daycare. Parents are sent, among other things, the groups' weekly programs and meals. Parents can contact the staff by phone or by booking an appointment.

Legal Compliance

The kindergarten complies with the Finnish laws and regulations of early childhood education and preschool education. The board is reponsible that the staff complies with the Early Childhood Education Act. The operation is supervised by the Regional Administrative Office of Southern Finland and the Department of Education and Training of the City of Helsinki. Gan's early childhood education teachers and early childhood educators  are committed to their work and taff changes are low.

Food & nutrition

Children are offered breakfast, lunch and a snack. Tasty kosher meals are prepared in our own kitchen. The weekly menu includes meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. Special diets defined by a doctor's certificate are taken into account.

Opening hours

The kindergarten has activities from Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In winter, the kindergarten closes earlier than usual on Fridays for Shabbat. The kindergarten is closed on Jewish and national holidays.

Tuition fees

You can apply for full-time or part-time early childhood education for your child (the part-time day ends at 1:30 p.m.). The costs are similar to those of the public daycares. The daycare receives private care subsidies. Pre-school education is free of charge.

What parents have to say

I recommend! Really versatile activities, nice friends and reliable and safe staff, and the end result is a happy child. Also the Gan parties, where both parents and grandparents are welcome, are a really nice addition. 

The mother of the Nelle group member


Rebecca Hasenson

Kindergarten director

+358 44 4309594

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