Private day care allowance

Private day care allowance can be granted if the child is looked after by a caregiver paid by the family or a private provider of early childhood education. The child must be under school age. Private day care allowance is not available if the child is in municipal (local) early childhood education.

Private day care allowance includes

  • care allowance
  • care supplement
  • possible municipal supplement, depending on the home municipality.

Private day care allowance can be claimed by one of the parents or other guardians. However, the allowance is always paid directly to the private caregiver or the provider of early childhood education. The private day care allowance is taxable income for the provider of early childhood education, but not for the family claiming the allowance.

Care allowance and care supplement is paid for each child that is eligible for the allowance. The amount of and the eligibility criteria for the municipal supplement vary depending on the municipality. Your municipality of residence provides further information on the municipal supplement.

Eligibility

Private day care allowance can be granted to families with a child under school age who is looked after by a private provider of early childhood education or by a caregiver the family has hired.
Private day care allowance cannot be granted

  • if the child is in municipal early childhood education or a place in municipal early childhood education has been reserved for the child.
  • to a parent who does not live in the same household as the child.
  • for the same child for which paternity allowance is paid to the father. However, private day care allowance can be paid for the family's other children during the father's period of paternity allowance.

Private provider of early childhood education

The provider of early childhood education is

  • a person with whom the family has made a contract of employment and whom the municipality has approved as a provider of early childhood education or
  • a private day care centre or family day care provider who has filed a notification with the municipality according to the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care.

A relative can also be a provider of early childhood education. However, private day care allowance is not paid if the provider of early childhood education lives in the same household as the child.

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