House rules

House rules
Our house rules are based on the Republic of Estonia Preschool Child Care Institutions Act; health protection, health promotion, daily schedule preparation, catering requirements for child care institutions, and the framework curriculum for early childhood education. The house rules are mandatory for children, parents and guardians (hereinafter “parents”), and the child care institution’s employees.
Dear parents! You’ve chosen Tallinn Fairytale Kindergarten as your child's first educational institution. Thank you! Each home has its own values and rules, adherence to which creates a sense of security in the family. Our kindergarten as well has its own values and good practices that will serve as a solid base for you and your children to feel safe and secure with us. In order for the child to adapt faster and feel safe in the new environment, it is important that you prepare them in advance for attending kindergarten.
1. Please review the daily schedule in advance and adjust your schedule at home to it.
2. Find out what kind of food is served at the kindergarten (menu) and introduce these foods to the child.
3. Give yourself time to get used to the child's new situation
• The kindergarten is open on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The nursery school is open on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Nursery school toddlers may stay in the kindergarten until 7:00 p.m. (in the group next door).
• Learning activities start at 9:00 a.m.. Kindly bring your child to kindergarten by no later than 8:50 a.m.
• Kindly pick up your child no later than 6:50 p.m. so that you can dress the child calmly. If you are unable to make it by 7:00 p.m. to pick up your child, kindly inform the teacher immediately.
• A parent personally hands the child over to relevant group’s employee and receives the child upon pick up from the group’s employee.
• The group’s employee has the right to hand over the child to the person/persons previously designated by the parents by notifying the group’s employee thereof in advance.
• If the child has not been picked up during opening hours of the child care institution, the group’s employee contacts the child's parents by telephone and informs the Head of the kindergarten of the situation. If the parents cannot be reached or a parent fails to pick up the child, the group’s employee informs the police of the child left in the kindergarten.
• Instill a happy mood in your child when coming to kindergarten. Be bright and in a good mood when leaving your child in the morning - this will transfer on to the child imperceptibly.
• If major changes and extraordinary events have taken place or are taking place in your family, kindly inform the teacher so that they may better understand your child's behavior and ensure the best and safest environment for the child.
• Bringing your child to kindergarten, make sure you inform us of the child’s mood in the morning. If you are worried, you can always call us during the day to find out how your child is doing.
• If your child will not be attending kindergarten on a given day for any reason, kindly make sure you call and inform us thereof no later than 9:00 a.m. of the same day.  Kindly call the kindergarten’s general number.
• After illness, kindly let your child’s group’s teacher know when your child will start attending again.
• Dropping children off to and picking them up from kindergarten takes place at a time convenient for the parent, adhering the kindergarten's daily schedule, while not interfering with the children's sleeping and eating time as well as planned learning and educational activities (pursuant to § 14 item 6 of regulation No. 61 “Health protection requirements for health promotion and daily schedule in preschool institutions”, adopted on September 24, 2010). If your child will be arriving after 9:00 a.m., kindly inform the group’s teacher thereof.
• With the child's safety in mind, the parent personally hands the child over to the teacher when arriving at kindergarten in the morning.
• The same applies to evening pick up. If another adult picks up your child in the evening, make sure you inform the group’s teacher thereof in the morning.
• The group’s teacher has the right not to admit a child if the child shows visible signs of illness (rash, runny nose, cough, eye inflammation, etc.).

Child's clothing
• Please bring your child to kindergarten with clean clothes and a tidy appearance.
• There is no bad weather, only poorly chosen clothes.
• Naturally, you know best whether or not your child is sensitive to the cold. Kindly dress your child accordingly to the weather.
• During the colder period, pack play gloves for the outdoors that it’s okay to make dirty, preferably mittens. Your child may use gloves if they know how put them on themselves.
• Indoors, your child needs a change of shoes that are the right size for the child and can be easily put on (preferably with Velcro fastenings, light-colored soles). Slippers with soft soles are not recommended.
• Indoors, your child needs 1-2 sets of spare clothes. If the child is not yet potty trained, diaper pants are recommended. Diaper pants are easier for the child to take off on their own.
• During the summer period, your child needs a light hat or a head scarf to protect them from the sun when outdoors.
• For outdoor play, the best clothing is that which it is okay to make dirty.
• Children in kindergarten groups need appropriate exercise clothes (T-shirt, pants, closed-toe shoes with a rubber sole).

• At kindergarten, meals are served three times a day: breakfast, lunch, and snack. Children have their dinner at home.
• At kindergarten, all children are treated equally, regardless of their eating habits, and no one is shunned. If for health reasons a child requires a menu different from the approved menu, the parent sees to the child's meals.
• If your child is allergic to any food, kindly also inform the teacher thereof.
• Do not pack sweets for the child.
• The kindergarten reserves the right to make changes to the menu.

Child's health and hygiene
• When a child joins a group of children, it will inevitably bring along contagious diseases such as runny nose and cough.
• If a child falls ill at kindergarten, the parent is contacted immediately.
• To reduce infections, kindly leave sick children at home until they are fully recovered as a sick person can infect others for up to seven days. Attending kindergarten when sick also exhausts the body. If a child has contracted an infectious disease (chickenpox, scarlet fever, etc.), kindly inform the kindergarten immediately.
• If possible, keep the child at home for a while after recovery (2-3 days) to strengthen the child's immune system.
• Do not pack medications for your child to take to kindergarten. In exceptional cases (e.g. a child with diabetes), medication in the dose prescribed by a doctor can be given solely as subject to parental liability and in agreement with the child care institution’s health worker or relevant educator appointed by the Head.
• The parent undertakes to inform the Head of the child care institution in writing of any special requirements resulting from the child's health condition, based on which the staff adjusts, if possible, the daily schedule, the daily environment, and the organization of learning and educational activities.
• A child must always have a comb, napkins, and, if required, clean underwear in their closet. Respiratory tract infections (in Estonian)
• Toys can be brought to kindergarten in adherence to the house rules agreed in the group.
• Toys must be intact and clean.
• Bringing your own toy, the following principle applies: I am not jealous and I allow others to play with my toy as well.
• The teacher will not be held responsible for breakage of the toy.
• Bringing information technology hardware to and playing computer games at kindergarten is not recommended.

Cooperation with parents
• The basis of cooperation between the home and the kindergarten is communication with and trust towards the teacher as well as your positive attitude towards the teacher, the kindergarten, and your child's groupmates.
• Don't be afraid to talk to the teacher about the positives and negatives related to your child or the kindergarten. Feel free to contact the management or a representative of the Board of Trustees elected from the group for help and advice or to make suggestions. Tell us about your home practices, what you consider important when raising your child. Let us know what your expectations and hopes are as regarding the kindergarten. Make your suggestions and recommendations known to the teachers. Take an interest in what is happening in the kindergarten and participate in events organized for parents.
• At the beginning of each week, the topics of the week and the contents of relevant activities along with related goals are displayed on the group's display board for the parents’ interest.
• In cooperation with the teacher, you can also talk about these topics with your child at home.
• Children's works are displayed on the group's display boards. Kindly notice this. It is encouraging for a child when interest is shown towards their activities.
• One of our forms of cooperation is comprehensive development and rearing of children together with you. Good cooperation is also based on your support of the child.

Celebrating birthdays
• We celebrate children's birthdays at kindergarten with a singing circle and lighting of candles (candles must be brought by the parent). On a child's birthday, the child can treat other children to fruits, cookies, or candy.

Hobby groups
Paid hobby groups operate at the kindergarten, announced via the kindergarten's mailing list. Relevant information is also available on the kindergarten's bulletin boards and website.
• Parents together with their child decide whether to take part in any hobby groups.
• The teacher sends children whose parents have announced their child's hobby group participation, to the right room at the designated time.
• You will receive invoices for hobby group participation from the hobby group’s teacher.

Other observations
• If your contact details change, make sure you inform your group’s teacher thereof.
• It is prohibited to drive onto the kindergarten’s property as well as to park in front of the gates.
• Kindly close the garden gate behind you.
• Bicycles and scooters can be ridden on the kindergarten traffic lane on relevant designated days (each group has its own specific day). Wearing a helmet is mandatory!
• The parent pays for their child's kindergarten fee and catered days on time without delaying payment!
• Information obtained from children and parents is confidential, its processing, including its use and transmission, complies with the Republic of Estonia Personal Data Protection Act.