State to pay out alimony allowance
The long-in-the-making state alimony allowance fund is set to start work in March when the social insurance board will make the first payments to families that have lost support from one of the parents.
28.02.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Parent's pay system to be changed
The social ministry presented its parental benefits and leave reform package, Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva believes could become law as early as next year, to the government yesterday. No decisions were made yesterday, however, and the cabinet is set to discuss the matter again in March.
10.02.2017, Tiina KaukvereElu
Serbias ohustab lapspõgenikke alajahtumine ja külmumissurm (3)
Lastekaitseorganisatsiooni Save the Children teatel ohustab Serbias Belgradi tänavatel elavaid lapspõgenikke alajahtumine ja külmumissurm, kuna temperatuur on langenud miinus 16 kraadini.
17.01.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Businessmen make huge donation in exchange for decisions
A precedent was born in Estonian party financing immediately before the new year when eight businessmen donated a total of €800,000 to political parties. The donors say the money comes as thanks for long-awaited decisions in addressing the country's low birthrate.
10.01.2017, Oliver KundPM
What will the year 2017 bring us? From broken teeth to fishing
What will the year 2017 bring us? Besides increased excises, the coming year will bring Estonia’s residents new subsidies – for example, it is likely that more people will visit dentists in 2017, because a small compensation will be paid to adults as well. Postimees reviews the most significant law amendments.
30.12.2016, Tiina Kaukvere
Pildid ja video: Hillary Clinton astus pärast valimiskaotust taas avalikkuse ette
Ameerika Ühendriikide demokraatide presidendikandidaat Hillary Clinton astus pärast valimiskaotust vabariiklasele Donald Trumpile taas avalikkuse ette ja pidas eile kõne Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds heategevussündmusel Washingtonis.
17.11.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Birthrate down in Estonia, up in Latvia over three years
The Baltic states' health behavior compendium reveals that while birthrate took a nose dive in Estonia in 2010, it started growing in Latvia instead. Demographer Ene-Margit Tiit believes the fall could be the result, among other things, of outdated parental benefits system.
20.10.2016, Liis VelskerPM
To understand or condemn? Kindergarten employee tapes bully's fingers
Tartu Postimees received an anonymous tip concerning a Tartu kindergarten where a teacher had taped together the fingers of a boy who exhibited aggressive behavior towards other children. To protect the family and the teacher, the newspaper will not publish the name of the kindergarten in question. The principal admitted the incident, and said they have had a serious conversation with the teacher and that an oral reprimand has been made.
18.10.2016, Mari-Liis PintsonPM
Quota refugees submit 2 applications for family reunification
Of the refugees relocated to Estonia under the European Union's relocation plan, two have submitted applications for reuniting with their families.
11 Syrian refugees arrive in Estonia from Turkey
Eleven Syrian refugees who arrived in Estonia on Wednesday are the first refugees arriving in this country from Turkey under the European migrant distribution plan.
Study: the elderly see no point in saving money
A third of Estonia's elderly are unable to set money aside from monthly income. And those who are, do so to cover everyday expenses, shows a Turu-uuringute AS study.
11.08.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Editorial: let law reflect life
In society, proposals to alter the system of parental leave and benefits are always expected and welcome. The need is prescribed by life itself – the overall changes of work and family relations, the impact of receding stereotypes etc. While we will have to discuss what the changes will be, the ideas currently tabled are surely a step in the right direction.
Editorial: young people must be kept far from alcohol
In the entire Western world, alcohol consumption is on the rise and doubtless this is the addictive substance most available to minors. And the current generations are earlier starters with the habit.
Editorial: the modern face of slavery
Nowadays, the word «slavery» is rather related to the dark times of the past when people had legal rights over others and lawfully owned the slaves.
Dangerous gas appliances claim fresh victims
Wednesday night at about 9:30 pm, Alarm Centre was notified of kids aged about 2 and 5 feeling bad at Kopli St, Northern Tallinn while they took their evening bath.
13.05.2016, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Parents cross swords with local leaders
In Karula Parish, South-East Estonia, a whopping near-doubling of basic school pupils has occurred during these past five years. To keep the miracle going, active parents stand in unyielding confrontation with local council and government.
06.05.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: the ugliness of fighting a mother of toddler
The battle launched by Tallinn city government against a mother of child aged 1.5 is altogether amoral by nature. Especially by keeping the law given to protect mothers expectant and with small children, any branch of public administration must set an example to the rest of employers.
Abused own baby, worked at child care
Despite the law setting restrictions on background for child care worker, employers have lots of room for discretion. As an example of that, a mother worked at a Tallinn child care having previously endangered the life of her own son whom she also severely mistreated.
08.04.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Society threatened by underfinancing of kindergarten education
Currently, lion's share of Estonian educational spending goes to gymnasiums, while the society would win out by proper financing of kindergarten education, as claimed by authors of OECD report. Extra money needs to be spent to alleviate the chronic underfinancing of kindergarten teachers.
07.04.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: there's no place like home
There are over 30 children's homes in Estonia with some thousand kid in them. For various reasons. Often, it's the only alternative as drugs and alcohol have possessed the parents.
«Why aren't we fit for foster family?»
Estonia has over 2,800 children not living with biological parents. Of these, more than a thousand dwell in replacement homes. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of families who would wish to adopt or care for these children, but the coming together of puzzle pieces is often quite a happenstance.
15.03.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: let's teach all kids to really swim
For the new plan to teach all children in Estonia to swim, money should definitely be found. While even now a basic course is featured in schools, not all acquire the skill due to shortage of training hours. And some schools have gone without. In every way it is laudable that the problem is tackled in earnest.
Alimony avoiders hereby under pressure
Starting today, courts are authorized to take driving licence from individuals failing to pay alimony or suspend hunting, weapons and fishing permits.
Editorial: children playing
Some two dozen minors got caught in a Rapla County birthday party by police, drunk. Turned out afterwards, drugs were involved. As one developed alcohol poisoning, they hauled her to the highway side so arrival of ambulance would not spoil the fun. The kids were taken to police station to be fetched by parents.
Video:sotsiaalmeedias levivad fotod ei ole sellised, millisena nad esmapilgul paistavad
Sotsiaalmeedias levivad fotod, millel on näha valget naist toitmas tumedanahalist nälginud last ja hiljem teda süles hoidmas ning arvati, et tegemist on näljapiirkonnas elava lapsega.
15.02.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Trial of Kaur Kender on child porn charges to be partially closed
The Tallinn-based Harju county court announced on Wednesday that the trial of writer Kaur Kender, charged with the production of child pornography, will be held partially behind closed doors.
Estonia gives EUR 4.1 mln to help Syria refugees
Estonia will pay altogether 4.1 million euros through various channels over the next two years to help the people who have fled the civil war in Syria.
Editorial: pay the alimony or else…
For years on end we have been talking about the thousands of men and women failing to support their children. Meanwhile, even the people well of yet opting to let their children go without got off the hook easy.
Tough times descending upon deadbeat parents
When March comes around, Estonian law turns to be among the severest in Europe towards those avoiding payment of child support. The state hopes for a success story while bailiffs are skeptical. Hardened debtors threaten to leave the country if the pressure rises, there to then dwell as alimony refugees.
05.02.2016, Oliver KundPM
Sexually abused, the youth rarely see specialists
Despite the whopping 32 percent of Estonia's children and youth having suffered sexual abuse, few have recourse to a specialist.
02.02.2016, Triin ÄrmPM
Shelters for women faced with serious court dispute
Tartu Women's Shelter in Tähtvere which saw its financial support from social ministry shrink is intent on contesting the procurement in court. As assessed by Estonian Women`s Shelters Union, this would spell closure of support centres in 12 counties.
01.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Coalition divorcing over partnership?
By yesterday, seven IRL parliamentarians were poised to vote for registered partnership act implementation provisions to pass. Nevertheless, in their struggle for points scored in eyes of electorate the parties managed to get entangled in a fresh mess.
29.01.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Tsahkna: people must not pay the bigger bills
Yesterday, social protection minister Margus Tsahkna (IRL) interviewed by Postimees said he understands the panic in parents when getting the unexpectedly big bills for technical aids and is not about to justify mistakes made.
07.01.2016, Marian VõsumetsPM
Mighty mess made by social ministry
What would you feel like when posted a bill six times larger than the month before, in January while not having been notified? Just what faced hundreds of parents of disabled children this week.
06.01.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
18.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Midwife catches measles
Of the three individuals infected with measles this past month was a midwife at East-Tallinn Central Hospital (ITK) who worked for several days at obstetrics department before diagnosed with the disease. The hospital called about 40 people for extra checks.
15.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: do not judge vaccination according to rumours
That a midwife happened to be among those infected by measles who afterwards came in contact with a total of about 40 colleagues and patients is bad coincidence indeed. Imagine the worries and tensions in the expecting mothers now called in to be examined. We wish them that all be well and result to analysis be swift in coming.
Editorial: the increasingly bitter private schools debate
Approved in the government and sent to the parliament, the Private Schools Act amendment bill has become contentious, at times erupting into a war of words between interest groups and politicians.
Study shows three-child families wealthier than those with two
ASBL Estonian Birthrate Studies financed by a media-shy Estonian entrepreneur has while interviewing mothers arrived at a surprising conclusion: families with three children are better off than two-kid ones.
20.11.2015, Nils NiitraPM
124 children evacuated from kindergarten due to chemical contamination
On Wednesday rescuers had to evacuate 124 children from a kindergarten in Estonia's Harju County because chemical contamination occurred in a maintenance room as a result of one employee's mistake and the prosecutor's office launched a criminal investigation.
Triin Pohlak: tervislik eluviis algab kodust ja koolist
Ülekaalulisus on Eestis probleem nii laste kui ka täiskasvanute hulgas. Triin Pohlak arstiteaduse üliõpilaste seltsist kirjutab, mida saavad teha riigivõim, lapsevanemad ja koolid, et Eesti laste tervisekäitumine tagaks neile terve ja rõõmsa täiskasvanuelu.
25.10.2015, Triin PohlakPM
The ranting dads and the rattled kids on the fields
«Get the game!», «Boil the umpire!», «Pass better!», «Strike stronger!». A late afternoon at sports arena. The kids are playing football, «green» against «yellow». All are having fun and trying their very best. At times, they flop pretty bad which for beginners is pardonable. Flanking the field, coaches of both teams are encouraging the guys to enjoy the game. At the other edge.. we quoted them above, a bit. In the conflict of educational philosophies, who loses is the child. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
22.10.2015, Kaarel TällPM
Mastering Estonian: two years will do
In an old manor some kilometers from the refugee center at the village of Vao there sits this tiny Kiltsi Basic School. While, at education ministry, preparations for educators regarding refugees is starting next year, in this school with 60 students this is already reality.
21.09.2015, Tiina KaukvereE24
Google toetab pagulasi 11 miljoni dollari suuruse heategevuskampaaniaga
Google alustas heategevuskampaaniaga, mille eesmärgiks on pagulastega tegelevatele mittetulundusorganisatsioonidele 11 miljoni dollari kogumine, kirjutab Reuters.
Sister and brother battle bother on border
A daily task for Estonia's border guards is phone calls to parents from airport to check if it's okay for their kids to leave the country - the mom and dad have forgotten to «attach» a letter of permission. But even that may not suffice, as a paper acceptable in Estonia may spell suspicion in child abduction to an adult escort elsewhere.
14.08.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: it takes love
Pärnu city child protectors Irene Peterson and Marko Truu have accomplished quite a feat: for years, they have toiled to secure all neglected kids a new family instead of going for the children's home option. Some seem to have to blaze the trail - for others to follow.
No Pärnu kid stuck in orphanage
At end of May, Pärnu city chief children's protection specialist Irene Peterson gave birth to twins. A couple of days later, on Child Welfare Day, chancellor of justice honoured her as difference maker.
17.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Pentus-Rosimannus: Eesti kandideerib järgmisel aastal UNICEFi eesistujaks
Välisminister Keit Pentus-Rosimannuse sõnul kandideerib Eesti järgmisel aastal ÜRO Lastefondi (UNICEFi) eesistujaks.
10.06.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Editorial: Russia cloning impact tricks
Attacking or child protection rules and depicting these as inhuman – rather a novel type of Russian «treatment» of Estonia.
Eastern neighbour rattling parents in Estonia
Since last fall, Estonia features non-profit organisation Parents of Estonia which has sent letters to social affairs committee of Riigikogu and social ministry and has appeared on Tallinn TV regarding Estonia’s new Child Protection Act facilitating removal of children from parents.
27.05.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian children are critical of school, parents - survey
Researchers of the Institute of Social Studies of the University of Tartu participated in an international survey of children's subjective well-being and found out that compared to children of other countries Estonian children are rather satisfied with their use of time and their friendships, but are more critical of how their parents take into account what children say and are the most critical of school.
When game becomes reality
A violent game banned for those under 18 in several nations is freely indulged by Estonian first graders at home and play areas, and purchased in stores.
19.05.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Vaccination below advised levels
During the past five years, a slight trend of decline has developed regarding vaccinations in Estonia, said Health Board. Las year, compared to 2013, coverage of 2-year-olds decreased over entire spectrum of vaccination plan.
21.04.2015, Triin ÄrmPM
Editorial: how nice to raise kids in Estonia?
In Postimees today, child care options at concert halls, sports clubs etc are covered. Partially, answer to question posed in headline depends on options of a parent, together with kids, to consume culture.
Child care offered by theatres, sports clubs
In quite a few Estonian sports clubs, theatres and concert halls, people are able to drop their kids in playroom for the evening.
13.04.2015, Triin ÄrmPM
Heimo Laakkonen: the perils of son preference in Eastern Europe
Raising a girl is as hard as carrying bags of salt, or so an old Caucasian proverb goes. This still rings true to many people in Eastern Europe today, if birth statistics in the South Caucasus and parts of the Balkans are anything to go by.
18.03.2015, Heimo LaakkonenPM
Battle front Ukrainian country living: no money, no power, no state
It just so happened I’d forgotten about the bar of Snickers in my overcoat pocket, purchased half way from Kiev to the front. I gave it to Sofia. Grasping it in her gloves, she observed the thing with suspicion. And burst out laughing, happily. They wholehearted way kids do when no older that two years and half.
10.02.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Broken families – broken offspring
Last week, fiery discussions erupted in public and social media after ETV Eyewitness aired the story of a «bad» but basically just deeply troubled kid.
03.02.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Taavi Rõivas is sneaking into schools
Ere February is over, the Reform Party chairman and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas running for Riigikogu in Harju and Rapla Counties plans to have held speeches in gymnasiums of Rapla, Kohila, Kuusalu and Saue. At that, part of the appearances have been fixed by party buddy and parliamentarian Kalle Palling.
03.02.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Quit drinking, keep smiling
Forget the world view. In election programmes, the parties stand united in intent to make life miserable for tipplers and find funds to fill holes in Estonian teeth. At current level of financing, the healthcare system is in dire straits a few years from now, but why mention that?
27.01.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Parlt approves amendments to simplify acquisition of citizenship
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday passed with votes 61-12 a government-initiated bill of amendments to the Citizenship Act and State Fees Act that will ease acquisition of Estonian citizenship for persons aged 65 years and over, allow minors to hold the citizenship of other countries besides Estonia, and enable stateless parents' children aged below 15 years obtain Estonian citizenship at birth.
Kids home alone while parents work abroad
Leaving children in Estonia and heading abroad to work, parents deem the decision a private family issue and shy away from even informing the school due to inward guilt.
13.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Kids going couch potato
From eight years and up physical activity declines till people turn 26, observes National Institute for Health Development (TAI) research fellow Kenn Konstabel – a man involved in international research showing that, in Estonia, only one boy in four and a girl among eight get enough exercise to stay healthy.
08.01.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
«Free school lunch» served as idiom
Though earlier announced by education ministry and its soc dem chief Jevgeni Ossinovski that this New Year extends free school lunch to gymnasium level, real life may be different. As explained by the ministry, «free school lunch» is actually a colloquial idiom in use over a decade.
07.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Fire kills mother, 2 children in NE Estonia
A woman and her two children died in a fire that burned down a home in Rohu village in the territory of the Laekvere rural municipality in northeastern Estonia on Friday morning.
A whopping 400 kids needing English education
Just some few years ago, only the private International School of Estonia in Tallinn provided English language based education in the land. By today, 400 children are studying according to international curriculum in three schools in Tallinn plus one in Tartu. A third of these are «the ordinary Estonian» kids.
12.12.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Good practice prescribed for marketing energy drinks
Yesterday at Estonian Health Museum, good practice of marketing energy drinks was introduced. Among other things, it is advised to add warnings to labels and impose sales limit at stores to minors.
02.12.2014, Piret LaksonPM
Sanatorium tried to snatch aid from before the kids
Last Friday, humanitarian aid sent by Estonian foreign ministry arrived in Southern Ukraine. The children invited to receive it had to leave the sanatorium empty-handed.
26.11.2014, Marian MänniPM
Name change helps paedophiles keep going
Every year up to ten criminals change their names, the law no longer a limit.
13.11.2014, Nils NiitraPM
The Tuesday 7.30 am teachers meeting
Main piece of advice to teachers in Viljandi after losing their colleague shot dead this Monday is do talk about it. Talk to the point, and speculate not.
29.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian president offers condolences to killed teacher's family, school
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves offered his deepest condolences to the next of kin of the teacher killed in a school shooting in the southern regional capital Viljandi earlier in the day as well as to the school's teachers and students.
Editorial: example alone matters
A sad story laid out in Postimees today: having battered his pregnant partner, a man may get three years if convicted. Just a case among thousands, though...
Home birth hereby legal
For over a decade, debate has raged over legalisation of giving birth to babies in homes. Since August 1st, the practice is now legally allowed – with some medical people still against.
22.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
A cute trip to back to childhood days
Strolling around in Lottemaa, one spots fans of the puppy girl from kids to grown-ups.
28.07.2014, Triin ÄrmPM
High risk families entered into police register
Neighbours, relatives and teachers alike have become better at letting the police and child welfare know of kids in trouble.
16.07.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: talk to kid, and do tackle alcohol
Who in their right mind would wish their kids to turn out binge drinkers, livers leaning towards the grave at 40 and lungs loaded with toxins?
Parents too permissive towards drinking
In Estonia, moms and dads are too lenient with kids consuming alcohol: majority of them thinks the initial schnapps should happen ere the child becomes an adult, and that offering alcohol at home helps cut curiosity developed towards it.
13.06.2014, Marina LohkPM
Bosses discriminating the pregnant to be publicly shamed
As announced by bureau of equality commissioner, employers repeatedly discriminating pregnant employees and those with small children will be exposed publicly to shame the problematic practice – still widespread.
Rod takes kids down path of crime
Kids punished physically are more likely to commit crimes, consume alcohol and be bullied at school, claims a fresh University of Tartu study. Justice minister Andres Anvelt says this points to family violence spreading outside homes, the problem demanding forceful intervention.
06.05.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: more kids, back to work quicker
Praxis, a political think tank, has come out with a study on effects of parental leave on two issues important for the state: increasing birth rate and return of parents – mothers, mainly – back to work. Generally, the current system is quite good; even so, it needs tweaking. Mainly, regarding how mothers and fathers divide the parental leave.
Estonian dads, do take at least month home with kids
90 percent of men would be willing, in their imagination at least, to stay home with small children instead of wives; in reality, mere five percent have taken the opportunity during nine years of parental benefit.
10.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
What’s the cost of a child in/for our state?
In some family budgets, state support covers some few percents; in other cases, the percentage would be 60.
10.12.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Census shows drop in number of households with children
According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census there were 599,832 households in Estonia and the share of households with children aged below 18 had dropped from 33.6 percent in 2000 to 25.2 percent.
Estonian children's internet usage similar to Eastern, Southeastern Europe - study
The internet usage of Estonian children is similar to that of the Eastern and Southeastern European countries but clearly differs from the Nordic countries' children's usage, a report of the international EU Kids Online research network shows.
Statistics: 41.6 pct of children in Estonia are born into marriage
Of the children born in Estonia last year 41.6 percent were born to married parents, it appears from population statistics published by Statistics Estonia on Tuesday.
Estonia good place to be a mother - intl study
Estonia ranks high in the annual Mothers' Index released by the international nonprofit Save the Children in the run-up to Mother's Day but placed even four rungs higher three years ago.