Ruoholahti, Helsinki

Carousel Ruoholahti is located in a spacious purpose-built facility wherein care is offered forchildren aged 1 to 7 years. Our Ruoholahti groups are called Lions, Dragons, Penguins, Dolphins and Unicorns. Inter-group interactions are encouraged to foster an ethos of togetherness among children. All our environments place emphasis on light, space and connectedness. Our location inside a sports building gives us the possibility to extend many learning opportunities to the children under our care through different sporting activities.


Sensory play develops children’s creativity, imagination and curiosity and gross motor skills.

Our park and nearby local environment provide experiences, materials and versatile opportunities for play and exploration. The children create nature art, immerse themselves in role play and investigate what they find and observe in a natural setting.


Heuristic play promotes curiosity and exploration. As children select, manipulate, explore, compare items they discover what the object can and can’t do.

Children can play, explore, be curious and creative with others

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ICT opportunities allow children to develop their mathematical thinking and practice their technological skills.

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Trips are regularly organized so that children can acquaint themselves with their surrounding environment. Trips can also offer unique cultural learning experiences.


Children and educators share their thoughts and experiment with different working approaches. They have the opportunity to experience joy of learning and playing together.

Children can experience joy of physical activity

In our gym spaces, hoops, bean bags, soft balls and gym equipment are set out inspiring the children to experience the joy of moving and being physically active in a variety of ways.


Yoga for children is a great approach to develop strength, flexibility and coordination.

Special learning environments and opportunities


The indoor beach, located in our Ruoholahti building, is a place where children can replicate and relive their beach experience.

Children are encouraged to use their imagination and to express themselves creatively through different forms of expression. ​
Ice-skating provides children with opportunities to explore various exercise forms and to develop team spirit and self-control as children support each other while they are acquiring new skills.
Climbing promotes the development of children’s gross motor skills as well as boosts their self-esteem, body awareness and control.


Ivika – Manager

” I became a kindergarten teacher in Estonia about 10 years ago and have been working since then in public and private kindergartens in Estonia and Finland. I got my Masters degree in Early Childhood and Education in Tallinn University and have tried to find different ways to develop myself in this field.

I find play very important as it’s the base for learning and developing different skills, including social skills. Children can explore, practice and express themselves in an unhurried environment that supports the learning curve and brings out the strengths. “