29.05.2020

Tallinn University students made a video for non-Estonian-speaking kindergarteners and their parents

An animation has been created within the framework of Tallinn University's ELU project "Integration of a non-Estonian-speaking kindergarten child and his / her parent into the Estonian cultural space", which helps non-Estonian-speaking parents and children to get acquainted with our kindergarten agenda. The video draws attention to the daily activities that a child encounters in kindergarten, and gives a parent important information on how to prepare for a child's kindergarten day.

A considerable number of children whose home language is different from Estonian are already studying in our kindergartens. While the child's biggest challenge is to adapt to the Estonian language, the parents are also presente the task to orient themselves in our cultural space and education system, which can be very different from that of their country of origin.

Due to very different cultural backgrounds and language skills, the reception and induction of a non-Estonian speaking child and his/her parent into kindergarten life is not always as smooth as the parties would like. Moreover, kindergarten staff might often not even realise that some mundane aspects could cause confusion or misunderstanding for a non-native parent or child.

With all this in mind, students within the framework of Tallinn University's ELU project "Integration of a non-Estonian-speaking kindergarten child and his / her parent into the Estonian cultural space", made an animation to help make the dialogue between non-Estonian-speaking parents and kindergarten as clear as possible. The better a parent understands how things are going, the easier it will be for children to start their journey in kindergarten.

The project also produced a visual material explaining the kindergarten agenda to non-Estonian-speaking parents.