During the past years I have met with an increasing amount of international pedagogical experts; teachers with passion and drive, looking for ways to provide the best possible education in their home countries. I always enjoy hearing them talk about how they love their job and want to make a real impact on the quality of lives of children. Sometimes they get emotional, confirming their true inspiring ambitions.
Many of them benchmark the successful Finnish pedagogical model, because of the authentic nature and child centric focus. They are looking for ways to implement the model, and even start their own daycares. Often however they struggle with one particular problem: How am I able to establish, setup, and run a daycare? Where do I even start and what all do I need to take care of?
Iglookids provides unique tools and services to setup and run a daycare based on the recognized Finnish pedagogical model.
We noticed that there is a need for a more holistic service that helps educational enthusiasts to get started and we decided to establish Iglookids International. Iglookids provides unique tools and services to setup and run a daycare based on the recognized Finnish pedagogical model. Iglookids goes one step further than other educational providers by offering an integrated solution that includes knowledge transfer, service implementation, but also quality assurance to ensure that daycare centers adopt to high standards. It offers a franchise model that is implemented through six complementary elements addressing both pedagogical as well as business development aspects.
Iglookids covers three phases of pedagogy; knowledge transition, implementation, and quality assurance. First teachers will be trained and coached directly by Finnish pedagogical experts. Teachers will learn how to implement Finnish based education in international context, e.g. curriculum design and pedagogical assessment through online and onsite training.
Iglookids has partnered up with leading Higher Education Institutions in Finland, which gives the possibility to receive Certified Teacher Training.
Besides training and pedagogical coaching, Iglookids has developed its own pedagogical online platform and mobile App for implementing Finnish based education which:
– Provides teachers globally with support in building individual learning paths, observation and assessment tasks, and curriculum design.
– Enables teachers to easily gather information about children on a tablet or mobile phone by taking a picture, video, or audio recording.
– Provides a detailed analysis on observations and individual development areas. It allows storing observations according importance, planning and documenting curricula, collecting kids’ creations (drawings, etc), and automatically generating a social network between children to indicate group dynamics and social isolation.
– Allows easily sharing of pedagogical development progress with caregivers.
This platform further functions as a Quality Assurance tool, that our experts use to evaluate how teachers globally are implementing Finnish based education. Based on regular audits we provide Quality Assurance Certificates to our members.
While high quality pedagogy is central in our approach, we simultaneously aim to make our clients successful from business point of view. We for example provide guidance on how to establish a daycare center and provide hands-on coaching on localization, setup, client acquisition, branding, as well as service implementation. We provide daycare managers with a startup kit including marketing material, logos, banners, brochures, visiting cards, admission forms, posters, floor plans, and inner / outer designs. Further, we support in facilitating user engagement and creating traction to the local daycare through inbound marketing efforts such as social media campaigns.
Startup kit including marketing material, logos, banners, brochures, visiting cards, admission forms, posters, floor plans, and inner / outer designs.
Iglookids has won several awards; as best international preschool in India, and as Best Innovation for its pedagogical platform in Finland. Iglookids currently provides services to about 100 branded, co-branded and independent daycare centers around the world and is supporting / initiating operations in for example India, Mozambique, Morocco, and UAE. It’s holding company Topforge in Finland is an official member of the Education Finland programme, a governmental education export programme, supporting the best educational providers from Finland.