The duration of annual public holidays is 28 calendar days in Estonia. Teachers are entitled to extended annual vacation of up to 56 calendar days. School holidays are not holidays for teachers. During school holidays, teachers attend trainings, refresh 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` school stay outside teaching time (including school holidays) is established by the same documents. “We are very pleased that the childminders have obtained a salary increase and maintained pay equity with primary and secondary school teachers. We still need to look at pay rates and working conditions across the early childhood sector and we will continue to work on them and look for ways to address workload and well-being in other forums,” she said. The Occupational Health and Safety Act defines occupational health and safety requirements, the tasks of employers and workers in creating a safe working environment, the organization of occupational protection and health at the level of enterprises, institutions and the country, the procedure for resolving relevant disputes and liability for non-compliance with health and safety requirements. No specific requirements have been established for teachers. The Estonian Education Staff Union (Teachers` Union) recommends that its members comply with the provisions of the Declaration of Ethics of the World Education Workers` Organisation Education International. In addition to the employment contract, the statutes and internal procedures of a school and job descriptions govern the work of teachers at the school. These documents define the tasks and obligations as well as the rights and obligations of teachers. The minimum wage is slightly higher for teachers in classes for pupils with special educational needs and for teachers in public schools who need special pedagogical conditions.
Under the Employment Contracts Act, the principal of a school may obtain the exceptional termination of an employment contract for compelling reasons arising from the worker, which prevents the continuation of an employment relationship in the interests of both tactics. As a general rule, a warning must be preceded by an exceptional dismissal from an employment contract and within a reasonable time after the appearance of circumstances that led to the dismissal. In Estonia, there is no national body for substitute teachers; In most cases, to cover absent teachers, schools need existing teaching staff. If this is not possible, teachers with a fixed-term employment contract, retired teachers or people without a teacher qualification are recruited. The replacement of absent colleagues is not regulated by law. Procedures for teacher representation may be described in a school`s collective agreement and teachers` employment contracts may also include an obligation to replace. NZEI Te Riu Roa is advancing pay equity demands for other early childhood teachers in the sector. The union says this is the best way to tackle the historical undervaluation of early childhood education.
We are always looking for enthusiastic teachers for permanent and exculpatory positions. Negotiator Virginia Oakly says she is pleased that childminders have secured a significant pay raise and that hard work continues to improve wages and conditions for the rest of the early childhood sector. From 2018, teachers will have the opportunity to apply for an education scholarship. The objective of the scholarship is to enable education practitioners to contribute to the development of education in a broader way than their profession allows and demands. .