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Assistance for family caregivers/parents


Lisatud 28.04.2016 | Uuendatud 17.02.2017

If you are registered as unemployed and unable to participate in a labour market service or start a job because you are raising a child up to 7 years of age (inclusive) or caring for an immediate family member who is elderly or has disabilities, the Unemployment Insurance Fund can grant needs-based compensation for costs related to care and caregiving (hereinafter referred to as the care service).

Care service costs are compensated, where necessary, for every day of participation in a labour market service, or for the first three months of employment for the number of days worked.

We compensate up to 16 euros per day per person being cared for. If care service costs include care place fees (e.g. childcare place fees), we compensate up to 352 euros per month per person being cared for. If there is a justified need (e.g. the special needs of the person being cared for), the compensation may be higher.

A municipal or city government is required to guarantee all children from 18 months to 7 years of age whose residence is in the territory of the given municipality or city a place in a preschool (subsection 10 (1) of the Preschool Child Care Institutions Act). Be sure to check with your local authority for the compensation opportunities for care service costs.

If you are already receiving similar compensation from your local authority (e.g. a toddler allowance or childcare allowance), the Unemployment Insurance Fund compensates costs to the extent not compensated by the local authority.

Further information is available from your consultant.

The labour market service provided for individuals with decreased working ability is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union by regulation No. 57 of the Minister of Social Protection and the Minister of Health and Labour of 27 March 2015 on the basis of ‘Provision of labour market services to the target group of work reforms’ .

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