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Preschool children’s institutions

Preschool children’s institutions

The city of Tartu has created opportunities for all children permanently residing in its administrative territory to attend a preschool establishment – a nursery school or a childcare institution. Tartu nursery schools constitute one-of-a-kind safe environments where teachers and parents work together to create conditions fostering curiosity and creativity in children.

In recent years, Tartu has seen the construction of several new nursery schools. Additionally, new vacancies have been created in existing buildings and the number of groups in existing children’s institutions has been increased.

The city of Tartu also provides childcare services. City-owned childcare institutions function as filial branches of existing nursery schools and guarantee the same kind of conditions and activities as regular nursery schools. The fees at municipal nursery schools and childcare institutions are equal and thanks to the support provided by the city, private childcare has also become more affordable for parents.

There are more than 30 municipal and 13 private nursery schools in Tartu. Childcare services are provided in 5 municipal and 50 private childcare institutions.

We apologise that the information provided on the referenced websites is available only in Estonian.

Photo by Meelis Lokk
Photo by Meelis Lokk

International childcare

The Tartu International Daycare, operating as part of the Tartu International School, provides childcare services in English. The institution can accommodate up to 22 children. Activities take place in English. In addition to the curriculum, the childcare institution also offers the following hobby groups: crafting, drama and dance, judo.

Additional information: http://daycare.tartu.ee/

The English study group at the Terake nursery school also provides preschool education in English.


Photo by Kerly Ilves
Photo by Kerly Ilves

Applying for a place at a nursery school of a childcare institution

The city of Tartu uses ARNO, Tartu’s education services system (www.arno.ee) for submitting and processing applications for nursery school and childcare places. You can also submit a paper copy of the application to the Department of Education or the relevant children’s institution.

For more information on the application process, send an email to: arno@tartu.ee or riina.voore@raad.tartu.ee.

Nursery school and childcare costs incurred by parents

Nursery school attendance fees

As of 1 January 2017, the amount covered by parents per child is 15% of the minimum wage rate established by the Government of the Republic for the previous calendar year (throughout the year).

Monthly attendance fees per child:

  • €64.50 as of 1 January 2017 (i.e. 15% of €430)
  • €70.50 as of 1 January 2018 (i.e. 15% of €470)

The cost of childcare services

The monthly cost of childcare in municipal childcare institutions is €64.50. The monthly fee is due to be paid regardless of how much the service was actually used.

Reduced costs in municipal nursery schools and childcare institutions

No attendance fee shall be paid for the third youngest child or any subsequent children, regardless of whether the child under question is attending a municipal or private children’s institution.

Reduced costs for attendance fees are generally displayed automatically in the ARNO system provided that at least one parent and the child/children under question live at the same address in the city of Tartu according to the Estonian population register.

Catering costs

Parents pay for catering costs covering three meals. The cost of catering for children shall be decided by the board of trustees of the children’s institution and approved by the director. Information on catering costs can be found on the nursery schools’ websites.

Least privileged families in Tartu are qualified for catering support.

Nursery school groups for special needs

Taking into account the characteristics of children’s development, Tartu preschool establishments include special groups that ensure appropriate conditions for development and study activities that correspond to children’s abilities.

The decision to admit a child to a nursery school (group) for children with special needs, and to postpone school attendance, shall be made by the counselling committee of Tartu County with the consent of a parent (guardian). The counselling committee works at the Rajaleidja Centre in Tartu County.

For more information on nursery schools in Tartu, please contact our head specialist on preschool education (ho@raad.tartu.ee).

Last changed 02.01.2019