Home care and allowances

Home care allowance is applied from Kela

Family can apply home care allowance if their child is under 3 years of age and not in daycare organised or supported by municipality. Either of the parents can care for the child at home. The home care allowance (kotihoidon tuki) consists of care allowance and care supplement. Depending on family’s place of domicile, family may also receive a municipal supplement (kuntalisä) to the allowance. In Oulu, the municipal supplement is called Oulu-lisä.

Home care allowance may be applied when there is at least one child under the age of three in the family and the child is not in municipal daycare. Home care allowance can be paid for the children over the age three, too, if the family has a child under 3 years of age who receives home care allowance.

For more information on the amount, terms and conditions for applying for home care allowance, please visit Kela's website.

Terms of the Oulu-lisä (Oulu Supplement)

  • Supplement is family-specific.
  • Supplement is paid for the family's youngest child who is under the age of 18 months.
  • Supplement is € 80 per month and supplements the home care allowance provided by Kela.
  • Supplement is not paid for periods shorter than a month.
  • Child receiving the supplement must be cared for by one of the guardians.
  • Pre-schoolers in the family may participate in the pre-primary education compliant with Basic Education Act and organised by the municipality.
  • Five-year-olds may take part in the free early childhood education (from 1 August 2019).
  • Other under-school-aged children must be cared for at home.
  • Children may participate in the open early education.

It is important to inform Kela about the changed care arrangements or other changes affecting the allowance to prevent overpayments and claims for recovery.