‘it was evident that the daily school life is running very smoothly and the willing and well-motivated staff do their very best to offer high quality teaching’

Audit Report – Office of the Secretary-General, European Schools, 29 September 2016

TES follows the Early Education Curriculum of the European Schools:

Early Education Curriculum
In nursery, the main emphasis is on developing the abilities of a child through use of imagination and instructed learning. The essential educational method is learning by playing. It is very important to retain the joy and enthusiasm for learning and face new learning challenges with courage and creativity.



Our English Nursery consists of three groups, depending on the number of children:

Nursery 1

  • Pupils are accepted to Nursery 1 if they are four years old or turn four before the end of December.

Nursery 2

  • Pupils are accepted to Nursery 2 if they are five years old or turn five before the end of December.

Nursery Combined

  • Pupils from both Nursery 1 and Nursery 2 age are accepted to this group.

We also have a French Nursery, in one combined class (more info in French).

Subject Lessons

Pupils in the Nursery section have some lessons with subject teachers:

  • Motor Skills – 1 lesson per week
  • Movement – 1 lesson per week
  • Music – 2 lessons per week

Daily Schedule 

08:00 08:30


08:30 09:30

Morning Circle and Classroom Time

09:30 10:00

Morning Snack

10:00 11:00

Outside Play

11:00 12:30

Subject Lessons and Classroom Time

12:30 13:00


13:00 15:30

Quiet Rest Time / Classroom Time

15:30 16:00

Afternoon Snack

16:00 18:00

Optional: aftercare and extra-curricular activities

Buddy Bears

“All children need to feel part of a community – no matter what part of the world they live in. This is the underlying philosophy behind Free of Bullying and its internationalization.”

Free of Bullying is a pedagogical anti-bullying program meant for preschool and lower Primary pupils. Tallinn European School has been certified by the Estonian Union of Child Welfare since spring 2015. More information about the program can be found here.


Aftercare and extra-curricular activities

We offer aftercare service for the younger pupils. Nursery children have the possibility to stay in the aftercare class from 16:00 to 18:00. During the afternoons, pupils can also participate in extra-curricular activities.

Click here for more information about the aftercare.

Click here for more information about the extra-curricular activities.


Kindly note: please use the phone only in urgent cases. The main way of communication in the morning or evening is through email, as the phone would disturb class activities, like morning circle.

Nursery 1 Class teacher: Heili Veetamm
Assistant: Kelli Prits
Class Phone: +372 735 0731
Nursery 2
Class teacher: Kerstin Must
Assistant: Matus Lazorik 
Class Phone: +372 735 0732
Nursery combined
Class teacher: Kirsti Lepp
Assistant: Ingunn Turner
Class Phone: +372 735 0583
Aftercare Elise Hamon