Child home care allowance
You can be paid child home care allowance if you have a child under 3 years of age who does not attend municipal early childhood education. You can get the allowance starting 160 working days after the child was born. The child will then be about 6 months old. The right to child home care allowance starts right after the period of parental allowance even if you take your annual holiday.
The caregiver can be
- the child’s parent
- married to or cohabiting with the parent or guardian of the child
- a hired caregiver or other person who cares for the child.
You can also get child home care for other siblings under school age who do not attend municipal early childhood education. However, you cannot get the allowance after the family's youngest child has reached the age of 3.
Child home care allowance is not available for children who attend municipal early childhood education. This means, for example, that if you take a paid annual leave but do not withdraw your child from municipal early childhood education for the duration of the leave, you cannot get child home care allowance payments for that period.
Child home care allowance includes
- care allowance, which is not affected by the family's income
- care supplement, which is affected by the family's total income
- a municipal supplement (not paid by all municipalities).
As a rule, child home care allowance is applied for by the child's parent or other guardian. In some cases the applicant may also be some other person who mostly looks after the child and lives in the same household. An adoptive parent can also apply for child home care allowance.