Home Care Allowance
A family can get home care allowance if they have a child under 3 years old who is not in municipal day care. The family gets allowance also for their other children who are under school age if their care is organized similarly.
The home care allowance is taxable and it is paid for the parent. The private day care allowance consists of a care allowance and a care supplement, which depends on the family’s income. The amounts and grounds for the allowance can be found on the website of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). Turku does not pay municipal allowance to the home care allowance.
You should apply for the allowance through the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). Kela manages all matters related to the home care allowance.
The family that receives allowance is obligated to inform the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) about changes in care and other changes that would affect the allowance (e.g. change of the municipality of residence). Unfoundedly paid allowance will be collected back from the parents.
Flexible care allowance
If a mother or father of an under 3-year-old child works a maximum of 30 hours per week on average, they can get flexible care allowance from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). The flexible care allowance is divided into two groups based on the parent’s hours per week, but it is not affected by the family’s income. Flexible allowance is paid for only one child at a time. Applying for the allowance should be conducted through Kela.