• What is the earliest admission age?

 

1.5 years

 

  • Why the tuition fees are different across the regions?

 

The attendance fee in our kindergarten is of 500€ per month. However, regional administrations practice financial contribution to the tuition fees of children. If such contribution is in order, we make a discount of that amount.

 

  • As a parent, can I have a tax compensation for attending your kindergarten?

 

Yes, yearly tuition fees are deductible from the tax declaration

 

  • Is it possible to have a discount if my child is not attending kindergarten?

 

No, because we have limited admission capacity and while your child is absent, we are keeping his or her attendance rights. If the time of leave was more than one month and you have prevented us about it in advance in writing, we will be able to deduct the price of meals from your attendance fees.

 

  • Do you have a doctor present in the kindergarten?

 

There is no employee in such a position in the kindergarten. But! There is an employee with a medical background and practical experience of work for more than 20 years in a medical institution who works as an assistant pedagogue and who, if necessary, can provide any kind of medical assistance. In addition, all the kindergarten teachers completed their first aid courses. In case of a critical situation, for example, the growing temperature, abdominal pain, etc. the kindergarten immediately calls an “ambulance” and the parents. Experience shows that such a scheme of cooperation with the “first aid” is highly effective, and fast.

 

  • How many children are there in each group, how many groups do you have, how large is your kindergarten?

 

The nursery group includes 18 children. Children from the age of 3 are formed in groups that can accommodate up to 24 children. In total there are 12 groups (4 nursery groups) in the kindergarten and more than 200 children in total.

There are 1 teacher and 2 assistants in each group. Thus, for the most “difficult time” (classes, walks, lunch, sleep), there are always 3 people looking after the children. At the moment, 50 adults work in the kindergarten, ensuring its effective work.

 

  • What are the sizes of the groups? Do children have a separate bedroom?

 

Each group is a bit larger than 100m2. This includes: a cloakroom, a toilet, a playroom and a bedroom. In nursery groups, children have their lunch in the group. From the age of 3, children eat in the dining room.

 

  • Do you have classes to prepare children for school?

 

The lessons for preparing children for school are integrated into the program of the preparatory group of the kindergarten.

 

  • Do you have an educational program? Do you have any special classes?

 

Yes. Education in kindergarten is carried out in accordance with the framework program of preschool education established by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Estonia. In addition to the compulsory curriculum, children learn: English from the age of 4, choreography and dancing from the age of 3, storytelling (in intellectual-creative workshops) from the age of 4, and have classes on the ice rink from the age of 4. These classes are integrated into the educational program and their cost is already included in the cost of the place for the kindergarten.

 

We organise children’s nutrition, outside activities, elaborated leisure time, extra-curriculum courses, and make sure that pupils do their homework independently. Also, we are accredited to deliver Cambridge Primary educational programme.

 

  • Do you organise any extra-curriculum activities for children?

 

A large number of both external and internal events are held in the kindergarten. As a rule, once a week, starting from the age of 3, children either watch a play, or visit a museum, or participate in another educational or entertainment program. Unfortunately, due to the large and frequent number of events, the kindergarten does not have time to display photo reports on our website, since it is very voluminous information given the number of groups. But the parent can receive the exhaustive information about the past event, as well as the photo report from the teacher of the group. A plan of events for a month ahead is always displayed in the group classroom.

 

  • Is it true that you have an indoor skating rink?

 

Yes. In the kindergarten there is an artificial ice cover of 100 m2, high-tech Dutch production. Classes on ice are held under the guidance of a coach. Classes are held for all children, starting from 4 years old and for three-year old children at the request of their parents. The cost of classes is included in the cost of kindergarten.

  • Do you have a swimming pool?

 

No.

 

  • Is it true that there is a pony in the kindergarten?

 

Yes. In the kindergarten there lives a Shetland pony, whose name is Eifel. He lives in his house outside of the main building. A specially trained person takes care of him daily. The pony has made all the necessary vaccinations and the receives proper maintenance and daily care. Children are very fond of Eiffel. And the struggle of going or not going to the kindergarten disappears, because there is a horse waiting there. Also in our kindergarten there is a mini zoo area. It is home to: wavy parrots, nymph-corella, chinchillas, turtles and chipmunks.

 

  • If my child is allergic, can he be provided with an individual diet?

 

Yes. Chefs of the kindergarten consider the individual characteristics and nutritional needs of an allergic child. We also take into account the eating habits of children of families that differ from traditional ones in Estonia by nationality or religion. Usually the parent himself discusses the child’s diet with the chef and provides in writing a list of products that are to be excluded from the child’s diet.

 

  • Can a child with special needs attend your kindergarten?

 

Unfortunately, in the absence of a medical worker, and giving a fairly large number of children in each group, we do not think that a child with special needs would feel comfortable in our kindergarten. Also, we do not have specialized groups nor specially trained personnel. Therefore, based on the interests of the child himself, we cannot guarantee his admission to our kindergarten.

 

  • How will the parent be able to track the progress in the development of his child?

 

Our teachers conduct individual monthly reporting for each child. The reporting reflects the targets for a particular activity or academic subject that were set up for the child at the beginning of the period and the results that the child reached at the end of the period. Each teacher tracks the dynamics of the child’s development, in accordance with the skills and abilities that the child must have developed at his age. Our work on the development of the child is carried out in a complex manner, with the involvement of various specialists. The parent has the right to get acquainted with the reports at any time, can receive explanations and consultations from various teachers and specialists of the kindergarten.

 

  • What should a child be able to do to start attending your kindergarten?

 

We believe that your child will have an opportunity to develop his social and household skills within the walls of our kindergarten. Therefore, the parents absolutely do not have to worry about the fact that the child, being very young, might not be able to eat by himself, get dressed or ask to go to the toilet. We have enough of trained specialists who will help the child in all his needs, and eventually your child will learn to be more autonomous.

 

  • Is there a waiting list to get enrolled in your kindergarten?

 

Yes, we do have a waiting list. The easiest way to get into out kindergarten is if the child is of 1.5 years old and his parents informed us in advance about their intentions by completing the application form. If parents want to make their child join us at a later age to an already formed and active group, then everything depends on the availability of vacant places. Sometimes you have to wait long enough.

 

  • Does the kindergarten have a parking for cars? Is it paid?

 

Yes. On the territory of the kindergarten there is free parking for cars. Parking is separated from the main territory of the kindergarten, so children are not exposed to any danger during their walks. In any case, we ask parents to comply with the speed limit in the parking lot of 5 km / h, to avoid accidents.

 

  • Does your kindergarten have a playground?

 

Yes. The kindergarten has a large playground. Nursing groups are going on walks separately from the older children. Playgrounds are new and well equipped. The kindergarten makes annual investments in the expansion, renovation and infrastructure of its children’s playgrounds.

  • Are you open during the weekends?

 

No.

 

  • Is the kindergarten closed for the summer?

 

No, the kindergarten is open all the year round, except for the collective Christmas holidays from December 24 to January 1.

 

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