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Amount and payment of partial care allowance

Partial care allowance is only paid for one child at a time even if there are several children eligible for the benefit in the family.

  • The amount of partial care allowance is €108,15 per month.  

Care allowance can be paid starting from 1 August in the year when the child starts school. You can receive partial care allowance until the child's second year of school ends (31 July). If the child is enrolled in extended compulsory education, Kela can pay partial care allowance already in preschool until the child's third year in primary education ends.

Each year, Kela adjusts the partial care allowance with an index, which may change the amount of the allowance. The adjustment is made automatically. You do not have to do anything.


The allowance is paid in arrears on the last business day of the month. The decision shows the first payment date of the allowance. The decision is sent to your home address and is also available in the OmaKela e-service. Please note that our e-service is only available in Finnish and Swedish. Kela sends the data on child care allowances paid out to the national incomes register within five days of the date of payment.

Partial care allowance is not paid for a shorter period than one month. The allowance period does not have to start from the beginning of the month.

You must pay tax on the partial care allowance.

Last modified 27/2/2024

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