Statistics on child care allowances

Producer: Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

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Statutory child day care allowances are provided in the form of monthly benefits to families. Their purpose is to provide financial support for the day care of children who are under school age or who have just started school. They are paid in the form of child home care allowances, private day care allowances, partial care allowances and flexible care allowances.

Data content

Recipient of allowance (family), child for whose care the allowance is paid and the amount of allowance paid in EUR.

Classifications used

Type of allowance (child home care allowance, private day care allowance, partial care allowance, flexible care allowance), allowance component (care allowance, care supplement, municipal supplement), age of eligible children and number of eligible children in family, care provider/care giver, general regional classifications and general demographic classifications.

Data collection methods and data sources

Compiled from an individual-level statistical register which is based on the benefit system for child care allowances, containing all data processed and created in the course of administering the scheme

Updating frequency

Published monthly and annually.

Time of completion or release

Data are made available in the Kelasto statistical database within four weeks of the end of the reference period. Cross-sectional statistics are published with a time lag of two months.

Time series

The statistics on child day care subsidies are comparable starting from the year 1997.


Social security, home care allowance, child care, children, families with children

Contact information

tilastot (at)