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Graduation events can be organised in a flexible manner, and observing the rules currently in force: for example, in small groups, in the open air, and keeping sufficient distance.
We recommend the kindergartens to consult with the parents of the children and the local government to discuss the possibilities to celebrate the end of the kindergarten while maintaining the safety and protection of health for children and their families.

Restrictions applicable as of June 1:

  • activities allowed indoors if 50% of the capacity of the room is not exceeded, but not more than 100 participants.
  • no more than 100 participants outdoors.

Restrictions applicable as of July 1:

  • activities allowed indoors if 50% of the capacity of the room is not exceeded, but not more than 500 participants.
  • no more than 1000 participants outdoors.

Last updated: 15.07.2020 14:49

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

Instructions for kindergartens and childcare facilities regarding the spread of COVID-19 virus

Recommendations for kindergartens and childcare facilities for exiting the crisis period

The childcare institution organises the acquisition of the necessary personal protection equipment in cooperation with the owner of the institution.

The opening and organisation of kindergartens and childcare continues to be decided by the owner of the institution. At the request of parents, the local municipality must ensure that all children aged between one and a half years and seven years who are residing in the territory of the municipality or city, which is a place of residence of at least one of the parents of the child, have the opportunity to attend a kindergarten. The municipality or city government may replace the kindergarten service of a child aged between one and a half years and three years with a childcare service with the consent of the parent.

Last updated: 02.07.2020 21:07

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The evaluation of children's development is based on the national curriculum for pre-school children´s educational institutions and the kindergarten curriculum during the academic year. The reports will be written by the teachers on the basis of child’s work and development assessment materials. Individual performance reviews with parents and children can be arranged, if necessary.

Many kindergartens use electronic learning environments (Eliis, e-lasteaed) to issue school-readiness reports.

Last updated: 20.04.2020 09:41

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Yes. But it is recommended to limit contacts between different kindergarten groups.

Last updated: 12.06.2020 11:38

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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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The decisions about whether to keep a kindergarten open and how to organise its work are made by

  • the local government, in the case of a municipal kindergarten and day care,
  • the owner, in the case of a private institution.

The local municipality has the obligation to guarantee a place in the kindergarten to all children who have at least one parent whose registered place of residence is that local municipality. This means that if the head of the kindergarten refuses to receive a child, the place to turn to is the local municipality.

Not permitting the child to attend the kindergarten has to be substantiated. For instance, it might be substantiated if it is known that the requirement to stay at home has been violated, that the child is living with or has come into contact with a family member who has the coronavirus or is suspected to have it. The parent has the obligation to present true information about a possible risk of infection. If there have been no such circumstances, the keeper of the kindergarten has to find a suitable solution.

Definitely monitor the health condition of your family members and do not bring a symptomatic child to the kindergarten. The kindergarten has the right to send sick children home.

Last updated: 12.06.2020 11:38

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