How to claim private day care allowance

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 day care provider.

Claiming online is quick and easy

You can easily file the claim and supporting documentation via the online customer service system. Documents photographed with a phone are accepted if the photographs are clear.

Send a claim
  1. Claim private day care allowance online. To log in to the online service, use your bank ID and password or a mobile certificate. The claim for private day care allowance can be made under Hakemukset ja ilmoitukset > Lastenhoidon tuet.
  2. Enclose a notification regarding the day care provider (form WH 2) or ask the day care provider to file a notification online.
  3. When you have completed the claim, the summary page lists the necessary supporting documentation. Scan or photograph the required documents and send them online.
    • If you claim care supplement, you must also fill in details on the family's gross income. Enclose a certificate or receipt with the application, such as
      • the latest pay slip of your spouse or partner, which shows the accumulated earnings for the current year including any salary supplements
      • details on your own income if you have other income during the period of private day care allowance
      • self-employed person's income details (form Y 8), income statement or copy of latest tax return
      • decision on unemployment allowance paid by the unemployment fund
      • State the day care fee for the child before receipt of the allowance, i.e. the amount stated in the day care contract. Indicate the fee separately for each child.
      • The notification regarding the day care provider can also be made on form WH 2.
      • If you have entered into a contract of employment directly with a private day care provider, you  should request a statement from the local authorities (municipality) on the form, saying that the local authorities accept the day care provider in question. Also enclose a copy of the contract of employment.
  4. The online customer service shows whether your claim has been decided on, the benefit amount and the payment dates. You can also see any possible reminders concerning, for instance, documents missing from your claim.

Alternatively, you can also fill in and print out the application form for child home care allowance/private day care allowance (WH 1e) and send it with necessary attachments to Kela.

When to claim

It is worthwhile to claim the allowance immediately when you have concluded a contract with the day care provider. However, claim the allowance at the latest within 6 months of the start of the private day care arrangement.

Report changes in your circumstances

Remember to report all changes in your circumstances in regard to the private day care allowance to Kela so that the benefit can be paid correctly.

If you wish to end payment of the allowance, you can arrange that online. Alternatively, you can contact Kela by phone, or write a free-form letter and send it to the nearest Kela office.

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