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The health of child who has been a close contact in a pre-school child-care institution has to be monitored and if the child does not become symptomatic, she may continue to attend kindergarten or child care and participate in the same group's hobby activities as well. She can only participate in training and other hobby groups that take place outside the institution after 7 days have passed since the close contact.

Simplified quarantine does not apply if the close contact took place somewhere else -- for instance at home or during hobby activities outside the kindergarten.

  • If a child develops symptoms during the period of health monitoring, you have to turn to your family doctor who issues a referral to testing.
  • If no symptoms develop, it is possible to do a PCR test at the end of the quarantine period if desired. In order to get a referral and book an appointment it is necessary to call 646 4848 (Monday to Friday 8-19, Saturday 10-16), preferably on the eighth or ninth day.

Last updated: 10.01.2022 01:39

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Yes. Kindergartens may continue their regular work, keeping in mind the necessary precautions.

The instructions of the Ministry of Education and Research on how to organise the work of kindergartens and child care facilities can be found on the web page of the ministry (in Estonian).

Last updated: 22.09.2021 12:59

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We recommend that children spend as much time as possible outdoors.

The so-called principle of bubbles should be followed in organising activities, i.e. study trips and excursions should take place in concrete and permanent groups. Contacts between different groups should also be avoided in commonly used rooms as well.

If groups are merged, we recommend that it is always children from the same groups that join each other.

Last updated: 22.09.2021 20:37

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If possible, it is recommended to organise the transfer of children outdoors and, in cooperation with the families, to also find suitable solutions for supporting the children who come to the kindergarten or child care facility for the first time.

Symptomatic children, parents, and employees are not permitted to be in child care institutions.

Last updated: 23.09.2021 10:04

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Yes, hobby activities can take place but here as well it is recommended to follow the so-called bubbles' principle as much as possible, i.e. organise the activities in groupings that are as composed as permanently as possible. Weather permitting, we recommend doing the hobby activities outdoors, if possible.

Last updated: 23.09.2021 09:58

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It is recommended that unvaccinated employees wear a mask. We recommend that all adults wear a mask at events where it is not possible to keep a distance and in situations where children from different groups come into contact with each other.

Last updated: 22.09.2021 20:32

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Not allowing a child to attend kindergarten must be substantiated, for instance if:

  • it is known that there has been a breach of the requirement to stay at home after returning from a trip
  • the child lives with or has come in contact with a family member or some other person who has the coronavirus or is suspected of having it. The parent has an obligation to present true information about a possible risk of infection.

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 accept a child, the parent should contact the local municipality.

The health concition of oneself and one's family members must certainly be monitored closely and a symptomatic child is not to be taken to kindergarten. The kindergarten has the right to send sick children home.

Last updated: 23.09.2021 11:46

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).