President vetoes legislation that would discontinue forest kindergartens
President Miloš Zeman has vetoed a bill that would discontinue the existence of outdoor nurseries known as forest kindergartens, his office said in a statement. The president said the legislation would limit the choice of child care alternatives, thus undermining beneficial civic activities. The so-called Children Groups Act was to provide legal basis for various child care groups created due to lack of places in public kindergartens, requiring them to register and meet comprehensive hygiene rules which would in effect lead to the closure of 120 forest kindergartens across the country. Some 11,000 people signed a petition calling on lawmakers to amend the bill in order to allow these facilities to exist.