How does kindergarden system organized in Estonia?

I just moved to Tallinn. I have a 21 months old daughter and I am looking for kindergarten options. If anyone in this group have first hand experience and knowledge about kindergartens here, fee structure and anything related to it, please connect!

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  • When you are registered in Tallinn the kindergarten is for free. You need to register your kid through eesti.ee, but getting a place might be difficult. May be best to go to sotsiaalkindlustusamet and discuss this. We registered our kids after they were born already. Kids in Estonia go to public kindergarten when they are 2 years old, so your kid could go from September. Until then you could opt for a private one, but count on some 350€ to 450€ a month for this when full time. Or look for an international one.
  • Public kindergartens are from 18 months, but getting a spot especially in the middle of the school year might be tricky indeed. Oh, and the city is obliged to find a spot for every kid between 1,5 and 7 years that is registered as living in that city… in case of Tallinn it’s just that the available spot might be across  the town.
  • Even governmental kindergartens have a spotfee, it is 61€-67€ a month for one child.
  • Best is to go or call to the sotsiaalamet as they can help you best with this. Ask for somebody who speaks English. Goverment kindergartens in Estonia are very good and most of them are new or fixed up.
  • They do have to find you something, but does it suit you – is another thing. So best to ask and see if they can help you. Private kindergartens have too many rules, kids nose is dripping come get it, less than 10 kids in a day than come and get it etc etc. That is why we took governmental one for both our boys.
  • Hope this will help you: https://www.tallinn.ee/eng/haridus/Admission-to-preschool-2

Can I get a free Estonian language course?

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  • Yes. There is a welcoming program, which gives some free courses of A1 level Estonian. First, you need to obtain a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP). After that you will receive your ID-card, which will come with an invitation to a free Estonian language course and if you pass the free language exams you will be repaid the cost of any officially recognised Estonian language course you took to prepare you for the exams. Welcoming Program