Kindergartens

Kindergartens and childcare institutions are open. Explain the age-appropriate hygiene rules to your child: why it is important to wash their hands often and not put them in their mouth. Only completely healthy children are welcome to kindergartens.
Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines.

Restrictions in force
The meters of risk level

The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.

Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels

How is the risk of infection for children and employees reduced?

  • Employees of kindergartens and childcare institutions are advised to be vaccinated.
  • It is recommended that non-vaccinated employees wear a mask.
  • For events where it is not possible to keep a sufficient distance from other people, as well as in situations where children of different groups come into contact, we recommend that all adults wear a mask.
  • Hygiene measures must be observed and rooms must be ventilated regularly.
  • Where possible, children should be handed over to the employees outdoors and, in cooperation with families, appropriate solutions should be found to support children coming to kindergarten or the childcare institution for the first time in adapting.
  • Teach your child the importance of hygiene and how to properly wash their hands. Set an example and explain the age-appropriate hygiene rules to your child: why it is important to wash their hands often and not put them in their mouth. This will help ensure that basic hygiene requirements are met and make it safer for your child to be in kindergarten.
  • Only healthy children, parents, and employees are allowed in the kindergarten. If a child is clearly ill (cough or a runny nose), they will be sent home.
  • If you or your child develop symptoms of a respiratory viral infection (cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, feeling sick, unusual tiredness), stay at home.
  • Kindergartens operate normally, but contact between groups and employees is limited to mitigate the risks of the virus spreading between groups.
  • If your family has to self-isolate, keep your child at home. If someone in your family contracts the coronavirus, let the kindergarten know.
  • You can take a sick leave while you are in quarantine.
  • If a child is diagnosed with the coronavirus, they must stay at home. Recovery is confirmed and quarantine is terminated by a doctor.

Do I have to pay the place fee if I keep my child home to reduce contacts?

  • If a parent gives up kindergarten or childcare services to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and keeps their children at home, it is recommended that the kindergarten waives the place fee or applies a lower place fee for this period. However, the final decision on the amount of the place fee is made by each kindergarten operator.
  • If the kindergarten or childcare service cannot be used or the kindergarten is closed, the kindergarten does not have the right to charge a place fee for this period.
  • If the kindergarten or its group is closed, the parents will be notified of it.

Going outdoors and events

  • To avoid the risk of infection, children and teachers are advised to stay outside as much as possible, so bring your child to the kindergarten in weatherproof clothing.
  • Contacts between different groups are also avoided in the outdoor area.
  • Events and recreational activities can be organised if various safety measures are implemented.
  • When organising an event, its importance and necessity are considered. Events, trips, and excursions are organised for separate groups.

Unvaccinated employees in kindergartens?

  • There are people around us who have not yet been able to get vaccinated for health or other personal reasons.
  • Employees who have not been fully vaccinated but are in kindergartens every day must take a rapid antigen test once a week to ensure infection safety.
  • A weekly rapid test need not be taken by an unvaccinated employee who provides a certificate of recovery from the virus within the last six months or a PCR test result taken up to 72 hours in advance or a negative rapid antigen test taken up to 48 hours in advance by a health care provider.
  • If an unvaccinated employee works in more than one child or educational institution, they must agree on the organisation of testing and the proving of infection safety with each institution separately.
  • Unvaccinated employees are advised to wear masks even if there is no general obligation to wear masks.

Last updated: 15.11.2021