The Ministry of Education said it welcomed the vote that took place online thursday night, after four days of negotiations between the Ministry of Education, the NZEI and the employers of kindergarten. A teacher can contact the school`s principal if there are problems with speciality or teaching. The ministries of education of the district governments and the Ministry of Education and Research also advise teachers when needed. Pension insurance for teachers, as for other agents, is governed by the Public Pension Insurance Act. Conditions and procedures for assessing professional skills and teacher competence Persons convicted under the Penal Code for criminal assaults against minors cannot work as teachers. Since September 2013, limits on teaching hours have not been regulated at the national level; The general working time applies to teachers. The position is the basis for calculating teachers` working time and remuneration. Teachers` working time is divided into direct learning and training, as well as other tasks under the employment contract that are developed from job descriptions and work organisation rules or employer rules. Kindergarten educators represent only 12.5 of the early childhood educators. Others will have to wait and wage claims are pending. Teachers` conditions of service are defined as follows: a mentor who is a teacher with supervisory experience, at least 3 years of professional experience and experience in development work, takes care of an inexperienced teacher. A mentor should take a tutoring course at a university before accepting the position or begin implementing the program in conjunction with the mentoring of a junior teacher in the qualification phase.

A mentor works as a partner of an inexperienced teacher, cares for, advises and regularly gives feedback to the person. The assessment of the professional performance of an inexperienced teacher during the initiation phase and its compliance with professional standards are carried out by the school management and the tutor has an advisory role in the evaluation. The duration of annual holidays is 28 calendar days in Estonia. Teachers are entitled to extended annual leave of up to 56 calendar days. School holidays are not public holidays for teachers. During school holidays, teachers participate in training, update their knowledge individually or are required to perform other work in accordance with their employment contract and job description, the institution`s internal procedures and the collective agreement. Teachers` stay at school outside of teaching time (including school holidays) is determined by the same documents. The start of the initiation phase is conditional on the completion of a teacher training program. All teachers, including teachers of pre-school, special and vocational education, who work first in the teaching profession, must do the initiation phase (excluding them).