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Can a kindergarten prohibit attendance of a child who has stayed home for 10 days after returning from a foreign country and who has no symptoms of a disease? What should a parent do if their child is not allowed to attend the kindergarten?

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.

Should the employees of kindergartens or child care facilities wear personal protective equipment?

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.

Is it allowed to take children to the kindergarten or child care?

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: 3 May 2021