Kindergarten Punamütsike is a municipality kindergarten in Võru. There are 11 groups in the kindergarten: three groups for kids ages from 1,6 to 3 and eight for children aged from 3 to 7. There are 54 employees. In one group there are children with various special needs. The kindergarten has over 20 years’ experience working with such a group.
The kindergarten has more than 40-year history and besides regular state program it follows traditions like days with family, sport activity days, visiting theatres and concerts, hikes and excursions during the year. It is the only kindergarten in Võru to teach swimming as it has its own on-site pool.
The staff members are good friends and at times enjoy activities together such as treks, parties and organising interesting and exciting events. Many of the staff participates in organising Võru City Council events. The kindergarten holds classes for adults to learn the zither, an Estonian folk musical instrument.
It doesn’t take long to drive to Võru from the main Estonian cities: 3.5 hours from Tallinn, 2.5 hours from Pärnu and a mere hour from Tartu.
Võru is one of the most beautiful towns in Estonia. The town centre with its distinctive street pattern and lovely low wooden houses, will enchant you more and more with every step you take. The town’s pearl is Lake Tamula with a promenade connected to the historical centre of the town through picturesque Katariina Alley. Situated right in the town centre is Võru’s oldest and most attractive building: a former landowner’s manor that now accommodates a state upper secondary school.
The task of the volunteer is to help the kindergarten personnel in their daily work with the children. The volunteer can work in one age group or share the work between different groups depending of personal interest and ability. The volunteer will never work alone but under supervision and guidance of kindergarten group teachers. The main tasks: participate and help teachers in games or lessons with children; prepare lessons and materials for activities. The volunteer can teach songs, games and introduce one’s own culture and traditions as part of intercultural learning. Also, one can help prepare festivals or holidays (Christmas, Easter, Independence Day etc).
The working time for the volunteer will be from 30 to 35 hours per week from Monday to Friday.
A usual day in the kindergarten:
- 7-8.30 gathering and free play
- 30 breakfast
- 9-11 lessons, musical or sport activities
- 30 lunch and mid-day sleep
- 15-16 free play
- 30 dinner and free play
Benefits of volunteering
- Get to know pedagogical work
- Develop organisational skills
- Learn the skill in teaching children
- Take part in events
- Learn Estonian language
- Discover about Estonian culture
- Practice teamwork skill
- Have meals at the kindergarten
Requirements for the volunteer
- Wants to work with children
- Has positive attitude
- Willing to assist
- Tolerant of children with special needs