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The Government of the Republic recommends taking children to private child care or a pre-school child care institution (kindergarten) only if it is unavoidably necessary.

The opening hours and organisation of work in kindergartens and nurseries is decided by the management. At the request of the parents, the local government must ensure the possibility to attend kindergarten for all children of 18 months to seven years of age whose residence is in the territory of the rural municipality or city and coincides with the residence of at least one parent. With the consent of the parent, the place in kindergarten for a child aged from 18 months to three years may be replaced by the municipality with a babysitting service. The closure of kindergartens has a great impact on the general arrangement of family life, which is why it is important to ensure that kindergartens and nurseries are open even as the spread of the virus increases.

Kindergartens continue to work in their usual groups. Contacts between groups should be avoided in all activities. Children, parents, and staff with symptoms should not be admitted to childcare institution. Children are generally affected by COVID-19 only very mildly; therefore close attention must be paid to monitoring their health and signs of illness.

When organising events, their necessity must be considered. When planning the event, you must consider reducing the risk of the spread of the virus, organising the event in a dispersed manner and smaller groups.

In child care institutions, which have their own playground or outdoor area, it is recommended that children stay in the fresh air as much as possible, including arranging for open-air educational activities. Child care institutions that do not have their own playground or yard area must ensure the safety from infection for children and staff when going outside (including avoiding close contact with other people). Contacts between different groups outdoors should be avoided.

The Estonian Health Board has sent a guide to child care institutions, which must be followed for the protection of the health of children and kindergarten employees. It gives more precise instructions on all measures to be taken in a kindergarten.

Instruction for kindergartens and child care facilities regarding the spread of COVID-19 virus 15.11.2020

The child care institution organises the acquisition of the necessary personal protection equipment in cooperation with the administrator of the institution.

Last updated: 12.03.2021 12:58

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However, it is recommended to limit contacts between different kindergarten groups.

Last updated: 08.09.2020 16:35

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Every kindergarten makes its own decisions about using protective equipment. Childcare facilities must certainly follow hygiene requirements very thoroughly. The number of people entering the building must be limited. Symptomatic people are not allowed inside. The groups are also not allowed to come into contact with each other.

Last updated: 27.03.2020 21:59

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There have to be good reasons for not permitting a child to attend the kindergarten. This might be for example if it is known that the requirement to stay at home was violated, or that the child is living with or has come into contact with a family member who has the coronavirus or is suspected of having it. Parents must tell the truth about whether there has been any possible risk of infection. If there have been no such circumstances, the management of the kindergarten has to find a suitable solution.

The local municipality has to guarantee a place in kindergarten to all children who have at least one parent registered as living in that local municipality. This means that if the head of the kindergarten refuses to take a child, the parent should contact the local municipality.

You must observe closely the health of your family and not allow the children to attend the kindergarten if they present with symptoms of the disease. The kindergarten has the right to send sick children home.

Last updated: 03.11.2020 11:20

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There is no obligation to do this.

It is most important that children, parents and staff who show signs of illness should not enter kindergartens or other childcare institutions.

How the work of kindergartens and nurseries is organised is decided by the management, and the head of the kindergarten works with local authorities to find the best solution for minimising risks.

Last updated: 10.09.2020 18:33

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Events should be organised so that the children of the same group would be together.

When organising school trips and other events outside the educational institution, then it is important to remember that currently we need to reduce contacts between people. If an event is held, it is advisable to make arrangements that only these people would come into contact with each other who are in daily contact anyway. When visiting an establishment, the rules in place must be observed.

Upon organising any kind of an event, it is important to make sure that it would be possible to establish the persons who have been in close contact with the infected person, should anybody fall ill.

Last updated: 15.01.2021 17:32

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