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Kinds of family allowances

 

Childbirth allowance

Childbirth allowance is a one-time allowance in the amount of 320 euros paid when a child is born.

In the case of triplets (or more siblings), the allowance is 1,000 euros per child (which totals to 3,000 euros in the case of triplets).

No application is required for an allowance!

If your family is entitled to the allowance, you will find a benefits offer in our self service portal after you have registered the birth of your child.

If you and your family have moved to Estonia from abroad or you become entitled to an allowance due to, for example, adoption or guardianship or other, please contact us through the self service portal or by e-mail at info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

 

Child allowance

Child allowance is paid to children until they turn 16 years of age. The allowance is paid to children who continue their studies until they finish school, or until the end of that schoolyear during which they turn 19 years of age. Schoolyear begins on September 1st and ends on August 31st (in the final year of secondary school, on June 30th).

The amount of the child allowance depends on the number of children in the family:

  • Family with one or two children eligible for the child allowance - 60 euros per child per month;
  • Family with three or more children eligible for the child allowance - 100 euros per child per month starting from the third child.

Example. A family has three children: a 4-year-old, a 10-year-old, and a 17-year-old who studies at a high school. The family is paid 60 euros of child allowance for the first and second child, and 100 euros for the third child – which totals 220 euros.
If a new child is born to that family, the family will have 4 children eligible for the child allowance. Then, the 60-euro allowance will be paid for the 10- and 17-year-old, and the 100-euro allowance for the 4-year-old and the newborn – which totals 320 euros.
If the 17-year-old graduates from school, they are no longer eligible for child allowance and the family will then be paid allowance for three of their children. In this case, 60 euros will be paid for the 10- and 4-year-old, and 100 euros for the newborn – which totals 220 euros.

No application is required for an allowance!

If your family is entitled to the allowance, you will find a benefits offer in our self service portal after you have registered the birth of your child.

If you and your family have moved to Estonia from abroad or you become entitled to an allowance due to, for example, adoption or guardianship or other, please contact us through the self service portal or by e-mail at info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

Presenting data about studying

We get data about studying children from the Estonian Education Information System EHIS. This means that if your child is younger than 19 and studies in Estonia, you do not need to file a separate certificate. The schools will enter data into EHIS about their students.

We would like to draw your attention that if data has not reached EHIS by the time when the allowances are paid out at the beginning of a new schoolyear (for instance, when the child has changed schools, etc.), a small gap could occur in the allowance payments. The allowance will be paid out retrospectively, as soon as possible after receiving the required information.

If the child studies abroad, the EHIS does not have this data and you must present a school certificate about studying abroad to us each year. We kindly ask you to email the certificate to info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee, mail it to Paldiski mnt 80, 15092 Tallinn, or submit it to your closest Social Insurance Board local office.

We kindly ask you to inform us, should the child quit their studies for any reason during the schoolyear. If the child allowance payments continue for a child who is no longer entitled to the allowance, you must later return the excess payments.

 

 

Parental Benefit

 

The parental benefit is meant as a replacement income for a person raising a child; it should be paid to that parent who is more away from work due to raising the child, or who daily cares more for the child.

The right to the parental benefit begins on the day following the last day of the pregnancy and maternity leave.

  • This means that if the mother worked before the childbirth and used the maternity leave, the right to the parental benefit begins when the maternity leave ends. The maternity leave usually ends 70-110 days after the child is born. 
    In this case, the parental benefit shall be paid for 435 days starting from the day following the end of the maternity leave.
  • If the mother did not work before childbirth and was not entitled to the maternity leave nor to receive the maternity benefit, they are entitled to the parental benefit when the child is born. 
    If the mother was not on a maternity leave, the parental benefit is paid starting from the childbirth until the child turns 18 months old. (From 1 July 2020 - for 545 days)


We pay parental benefit for the previous calendar month.

 

Suspension and continuation of receipt of parental benefit from 1 July 2020
 

From 1 July 2020, it will be possible to suspend and continue the receipt of parental benefit by calendar months. This can be done from the child’s 71st day of age until the child reaches the age of 3

This option is available to anyone who has at least 1 month left to receive parental benefit as of 1 July 2020. 
Suspension and continuation will be subject to the condition that parental benefit may not be granted for a period shorter than one calendar month. If the payment of parental benefit continues, the amount of parental benefit will not be recalculated.

To suspend or continue the receipt of parental benefit, please contact us through the self-service or by sending an email to info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee. Please let us know from which month you want to suspend the receipt of benefit. You can add the continuation time now or notify it separately at a later date.

Please note that parental benefit will be paid retrospectively for the previous month. You can request the suspension or continuation until the end of the month preceding the calculation month.*

  • Example 1. If you do not want to receive parental benefit in September, you will need to suspend the parental benefit for August. You can do this until the end of July.
  • Example 2. If you have suspended receiving parental benefit and want to receive the payment of parental benefit again at the beginning of October, you must submit a request to continue calculating parental benefit from September. You can do this until the end of August.

*NB: As from July the amendment to the law will also apply to those who have at least 1 month left to receive parental benefit, it is exceptionally possible to request the suspension of the parental benefit of the current month in July.

 

 

  • Only one parent is entitled to the parental benefit simultaneously. In general, the mother is entitled to the benefit for the first 70 days. Later, the parents can decide who shall receive the benefit.

  • The parental benefit recipient can be changed, if desired. More information about changing the parental benefit recipient is available HERE.

  • Simultaneously, the family can receive only one parental benefit. Should you or the other parent already receive a parental benefit and the next child is born before the current parental benefit period is over, the family is entitled to choose which of the calculated parental benefits to use. The parental benefit amount does not depend on the number of children.

  • Also note that if one parent is on parental leave from their employer, then that parent has the pre-emptive right to use the parental benefit. This eliminates the possibility of a situation where one parent is on a parental leave; the other parent is working and receives the parental benefit as well. Also, the state guarantees health insurance (until the child turns 3 years old) to that parent who is the recipient of allowances. It is important to note that a mother, who is actually at home with the child, would not lose health insurance! Read more about health insurance HERE.

  • During receiving the parental benefit, it is allowed to earn income. If your monthly income is smaller than half of the maximum benefit amount (1910,77 euros in 2021; 2021,54 euros in 2022), then your parental benefit amount will not decrease. Should your income exceed this figure, we shall decrease the parental benefit amount paid out to you.

    Similarly to a salary, the parental benefit is taxed with the income tax. Read more about earning during the parental benefit payment period HERE.

No application is required for an allowance!

If your family is entitled to the allowance, you will find a benefits offer in our self service portal after you have registered the birth of your child.

If you and your family have moved to Estonia from abroad or you become entitled to an allowance due to, for example, adoption or guardianship or other, please contact us through the self service portal or by e-mail at info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

Parental benefit amount calculation

Amounts

The parental benefit amount is calculated based on your income for which your employer has paid social tax (salary, bonuses, etc.)

When calculating the amount of parental benefit we will always first subtract the 9 months preceding the month of birth of the child and we will calculate the amount of benefit on the basis of income earned over the course of 12 months preceding those 9 months.

Even if parental benefit is applied by the father of the child we will calculate his benefit on the basis of the same period. 

Please use the calculator (in estonian)!

The parental benefit amount is calculated separately for each recipient, depending on their previous income. The amount depends on the amount of paid social tax, declared for the earned income.

  • The parental benefit is also paid if you did not earn any income taxable with the social tax. In this case, the benefit is paid in the amount of the minimum wage that applied on January 1st of the previous calendar year 584 euros in 2021.
  • If the average monthly income was below the minimum salary rate, we will pay you the parental benefit equal to the minimum salary rate. The minimum monthly salary rate is 584 euros in 2021.
  • The maximum parental benefit amount is three times the average Estonian salary from the last but one year. We shall pay this amount if your average monthly income is equal to or greater than this amount. In 2021, the maximum parental benefit is 3,821.55 euros. (4043,07 eur in 2022.)

If the mother was entitled to a maternity leave but  did not take it for some reason, we shall pay you a parental benefit for the first 70 days in the extent of the minimum monthly salary (in 2021 584 euros per month).

Parental benefit calculation

The parental benefit amount is calculated based on your income for which your employer has paid social tax (salary, bonuses, etc.). Your income shall also include the incapacity for work benefit that the Health Insurance Fund paid if you were transferred to an easier job also if you have been paid by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund benefit upon insolvency of employer for a period which serves as the basis for the calculation of your parental benefit.

For calculating the parental benefit amount, the entire yearly income shall be added up (gross salary, before tax deduction) and then divided by the number of months. To get the number of months, we shall discount the number of days you were on sick leave, care leave, maternity leave, or adoption leave from 365 days, and divide the result by 30. If you were transferred to an easier job, then these days will not be subtracted. If you did not have any instances of incapacity for work, your yearly total income shall be divided by 12 months.

Parental Benefit Amount Calculation if You Worked Abroad

If you worked abroad, it is important whether you worked in some European Economic Area country, or Switzerland, or somewhere else. If you worked in some European Economic Area country, or Switzerland, we shall treat the time spent working there as if you worked in Estonia. Time working somewhere else in the world will not be taken into parental benefit calculations.

We calculate the parental benefit amount only based on income earned in Estonia, but with the assumption as if you had received the same income during the months you worked abroad. For example, if you worked 6 months in Estonia and 6 months in Europe, our parental benefit calculations will be based on your monthly income in Estonia and we shall assume that you had earned the same income also during the 6 months that you actually worked in Europe.

If you did not receive any income in Estonia, you will be paid the minimum parental benefit.

  • Example 1. Your child is born in septembre 2019. You worked abroad for several years and do not take on a job in Estonia before the birth. As you have not earned any income in Estonia, you will receive a parental income in the extent of the 2019 minimum salary (540 euros).
  • Example 2. In 2017, you worked 6 months in Estonia and 4 months in Finland. The right for the parental benefit arises in 2018. The average monthly salary is calculated based on the income earned in Estonia, let’s assume this is 900 euros. The same monthly income (900 euros) shall be calculated for the time you were working in Finland. For calculating the parental benefit amount, 10 worked months shall be multiplied by the average income, and divided by the number of calendar months: 10 x 900 / 12 = 750 euros.

Parental benefit calculation if another child is born


The Family Benefits Act favours the sequential births of children. If the age difference between two children are under three years, and the parent did not receive any income during the year preceding the birth of the next child, or if this was smaller than the income that was used to calculate the parental benefit for the older child, we shall calculate the benefit for the newborn based on the same amounts that were used for calculating the benefit to the older child.

We shall use the bigger amount – if you have received greater income before the new child is born, we will calculate the benefit for the new child based on the bigger amount.

  • Example 1. The first child was born 17 March 2018, and the parental benefit will be calculated based on 2017 income. Your income in 2017 totalled 14,178.79 euros. For 74 days, you were on sick leave, which makes the number of months (365 – 74): 30 = 9.7. The parental benefit totals 14,178.79 : 9.7 = 1,461.73 euros.
    The second child was born on 26 April 2019. You did not have any income before that, and your children’s age difference is less than two and a half years. Therefore, the parental benefit will be calculated based on that used for calculating the first parental income, and you will also get 1,461.73 euros for the second child per month.

If the mother gives birth to a child successively and has not earned new income that is subject to social tax in the meantime, so that the amount of parental benefit is determined for her on the basis of the old accounting period, the maximum rates changed in the meantime are taken into account. In other words, if the mother received the maximum benefit for the previous child and the maximum rate has increased by the time the new child is born, there is a possibility that the new parental benefit will increase (up to the new maximum rate) depending on the income of the base period.

Compensation for the parental benefit and maternity benefit gap

Should your second child be born before the first one is 3 years old, and the Health Insurance Fund has paid maternity benefit to you for the first child, you might also be entitled to the compensation for the parental benefit and maternity benefit gap.

You do not have to apply for it separately – we shall calculate it for you, should your allowances total comply with compensation rules. The parental benefit and maternity benefit gap shall be paid out together with the first parental benefit payment.

The compensation for the parental benefit and maternity benefit gap is paid if the amount for one maternity benefit day is less than the amount for one parental benefit day. The compensation is paid to you for the number of days between the childbirth until the beginning of the parental benefit payments.

It is important to note an exception – should the children be born with a small age difference, and the parental benefit is still being paid when the second child is born. You will not be paid the compensation for the parental benefit and maternity benefit gap during the period you are paid parental benefit.

When calculating the parental benefit and maternity benefit gap, we divide one month’s parental benefit by 30 – giving us one parental benefit day amount. From this amount, we subtract the maternity benefit amount paid for one day. The result is multiplied by the number of calendar days from the childbirth day until the maternity benefit payment end date.

  • Example. You are on the parental leave with your first child when the new child is born. Before the second child is born, you stop the parental leave and use the maternity leave and receive the maternity benefit from the Health Insurance Fund – 14.33 euros per day (based on the minimum salary as you did not work during the previous year). As the age difference of your children is less than two and a half years, the parental benefit for the new child shall also be calculated based on the income that was also the basis for calculating the parental benefit for the previous child. The calculated parental benefit amount is 1,168.56 euros, or 38.95 euros per day. The interval between the child’s birthday and parental benefit payment is 91 days. The gap parental benefit and maternity benefit gap is calculated (38.95 – 14.33) x 91 = 2,240.42 euros.

 

 

Additional parental benefit for fathers and 30 days of paternity leave

The additional parental benefit for fathers is a type of benefit paid to fathers to allow them to become more involved in raising their children. For working fathers, this also includes a 30-day leave received from their employers.

toddler is looking over fathers shoulder

Who is entitled to the additional parental benefit for fathers?

  • All fathers whose child was born on or after 1 July 2020.
  • If the child’s biological father does is not fulfilling the obligation to raise the child, the respective right is transferred to the adoptive parent, guardian, parent of the foster family or mother’s spouse.
  • The mother’s spouse is also entitled if the child’s biological father submits a written notice to the Estonian National Social Insurance Board to waive the father’s right to receive additional parental benefit.

 

How long does it last and how should it be scheduled?

The additional parental benefit for fathers can be withdrawn for a total of 30 days; however, these days do not have to be consecutive (i.e. may be taken in parts). The additional parental benefit for fathers may be received both during the period when the mother is the recipient of parental benefit or maternity benefit (30 calendar days before the child’s expected date of birth) and later.

The right to the additional parental benefit for fathers lasts until the child reaches the age of three or until the father withdraws the regular parental benefit. Paternity leave cannot be halved around parental benefit. If the father wants to receive a regular parental benefit without withdrawing the additional parental benefit for fathers, but fails to notify us of the waiver of paternity leave, the Social Insurance Board cannot grant either regular or additional parental benefits before the father informs us of either the desire to forfeit or use the additional benefits. To waive the right to receive paternity leave altogether, one needs to submit an application to us.

Employment during paternity leave

When on paternity leave, the father must be on leave from all his employers. The period of use of leave is entered in the employment register. During paternity leave, the father must not work and earn income! The principle of regular parental benefit, i.e. parental benefit is not reduced if a maximum of half of the benefit upper limit is earned, does not apply.

Based on the Employment Contracts Act, an employer may refuse to grant leave with less than 14 days’ notice and for a period shorter than seven calendar days. The additional parental benefit for fathers is regular holiday time within the meaning of the Employment Contracts Act, therefore, being on paternity leave does not negatively affect the calculation of annual leave; instead, these days are considered to be working days when determining annual leave.

Unemployed fathers (including self-employed or members of the liberal professions (e.g. notaries, bailiffs, sworn translators, auditors, trustees in bankruptcy) and persons working under an authorisation agreement and contract for services or other contract under the law of obligations or members of the management body of a legal person) will also receive the additional parental benefit for fathers for 30 calendar days. It can be used at a suitable time, starting from 30 calendar days before the child’s expected date of birth until the child is three years old. The father can decide himself whether he wants to receive the benefit in one part or in several parts.

How to apply?

Before applying, be sure to discuss this matter with your child’s mother and your employer, if you are employed. Be aware of the fact that your employer may refuse to grant you leave with less than 14 days’ notice and for a period shorter than 7 calendar days. However, if the employer agrees, we do not impose any restrictions – you can go on leave on the same day if you want.

To apply for the additional parental benefit for fathers, please use the self-service. If you want to go on leave before the child is born, you must enter the child’s mother’s personal identification code and the child’s expected date of birth. After the child’s birth, you will find a pre-filled proposal in the self-service. If it is not possible for you to use the self-service, please contact us by sending an e-mail to info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee.

If you have a valid employment relationship in the employment register, you must also enter your employer’s e-mail address. It is necessary to enter your child’s mother’s email address as well. The self-service sends them a notification on your leave request and stays in a stand-by mode for 5 working days. There is nothing else you have to do.

The employer and the child’s mother can let us know within 5 working days if they do not agree with the leave request. If they do not submit any objections, the system will automatically enter a leave entry in the employment register after five working days.

We will calculate the benefit for you and you will receive it at the beginning of the following month (the payment date is the eighth day of each month).

How is paternity leave calculated?

The additional parental benefit for fathers is calculated according to the same rules as regular parental benefit.

To calculate the amount of the benefit, we first subtract the 9 full calendar months preceding the child’s birth (i.e. the average length of pregnancy, regardless of whether the child was born on time, prematurely or later than expected), and the calculation of parental benefit is based on the income of the previous 12 calendar months. If the father takes leave over a period of several months, the average underlying income in those calendar months is divided by the number of days in a month and then multiplied by the number of days of benefit withdrawn.

The amount of the benefit depends on the amount of social tax paid on the income earned. The amount of the benefit depends on the amount of social tax paid during the underlying calculation period on the income earned. Thus attention should be paid to the fact that the amount of social tax paid in that period (and subsequently the amount of benefits paid) may differ from the actual income of the beneficiary during said period. Read more about the calculation of parental benefit here. Learn more by using the parental benefit calculator.

The minimum rate of parental benefit is the minimum rate of wages in force on 1 January of the previous calendar year (EUR 584 in 2021). The maximum rate of parental benefit is three times the average wages in Estonia over the previous year (EUR 3821.55 in 2021) calculated on the basis of law.

Example 1: During the underlying period, the father earned a total of EUR 1500 per month. He takes paternity leave on 14 January 2021 and ends it on 13 February 2021, remaining on paternity leave for 30 consecutive days. Therefore, he receives 17 days of paternal leave in January and 13 days in February. In January, the amount of father’s additional parental benefit (1500/31*17) is EUR 822.58 and in February, the respective amount (1500/28*13) is EUR 696.43.

Example 2: During the underlying period, the father earned a total of EUR 1200 per month. In 2021, he takes a paternity leave for one week in January, two weeks in February, and the remaining 9 days in March. Therefore, the amount of the additional parental benefit for fathers is (1200/31*7) EUR 270.97 in January, (1200/28*14) EUR 600 in February, and (1200/31*9) EUR 348.39 in March.

Other reminders:

If several children are born to a family with a small age gap after 1 July 2020, it is possible to use the 30-day paternity leave and/or the additional parental benefit for fathers in relation to all children. The benefit/leave for each child must be used at different times – it is not possible to take it out for several children simultaneously and, therefore, receive multiple benefits at the same time.

In case of multiple births, one period/benefit applies, regardless of the number of children born.

If the family requests that the father receive both the regular parental benefit and the additional parental benefit for fathers, the first 30 days are always considered to be the additional parental benefit for fathers. The father may start receiving the regular parental benefit from the day the child is at least 70 days old and the mother’s certificate for maternity leave has expired.

While on sick leave, it is recommended to interrupt paternity leave by notifying the Estonian National Social Insurance Board as soon as possible. If paternity leave is interrupted, the days not used at the time of interruption will still remain and can be rescheduled at the end of the sick leave.

 

Allowance for multiple birth of three or more children

If triplets or more multiple children are born in the family at the same time, the state will pay a supplement to their family. One parent, custodian, or guardian of a family raising triplets or more multiple siblings is entitled for this allowance.

The amount of support is 1,000 euros per family per month, and we pay it until the children reach the age of 18 months.

There is no need to apply for this allowance – we will pay it automatically.

 

Allowance for a family with many children

Should your family have at least three children for whom we pay child allowance, you will also be paid an allowance for a family with many children. This is paid per family, and the recipient is either one of the parents, or a guardian, or the children’s custodian.

  • A family with 3 to 6 children is paid 300 euros per month.
  • A family with 7 or more children is paid 400 euros per month.

You do not need to apply for the allowance for a family with many children separately. It is important to note that for receiving this allowance, the child allowances for the children in this family must be paid out to one and the same parent.

In this case, the allowance for a family with many children shall be paid in addition to other allowances automatically.

 

Single parent's child allowance

You are entitled to the single parent child allowance should your child’s birth certificate or the population register lack data about the child’s father, or if your child’s other parent has officially been declared a fugitive.

The single parent child allowance is 19.18 euros per month.

 

No application is required for an allowance!
If you are entitled to the allowance, you will find a benefits offer in our self service portal after you have registered the birth of your child.

Should you apply for this allowance because the other parent has been declared a fugitive, please contact us through the self service portal or by e-mail at info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

 

This allowance shall be paid starting from childbirth, or from the day the parent was declared a fugitive.

The single parent child allowance payment is stopped in the following cases:

  • Acceptance of paternal filiation (under the parents’ joint application);
  • Establishment of paternal filiation during court proceedings;
  • The Police and Border Guard Board officially stops the other parent’s search proceedings;  
  • A survivor’s pension is appointed to the child for the other parent:
  • A survivor’s pension is appointed to the child due to the loss of the single parent’s new spouse, or the child’s step parent.

NB! To avoid the obligation to return the allowance, we kindly ask you to inform us about any changes as soon as possible, which could affect the right to receive the single parent child allowance. For example, if the survivor’s pension has been appointed for the child retrospectively, starting from the father’s death, the single parent child allowance paid for the same period must be returned to us.

 

Conscript’s child allowance 

You are entitled to the conscript’s child allowance if you yourself, or the child’s other parent, is serving in the Estonian Defence Forces, or in alternative non-combatant service.

The allowance is 300 euros per month for each child, until the end of the parent’s service in the Defence Forces. 

Applying for the conscript’s child allowance is most convenient in the self service portal.

NB! The benefit will rise from 300 eur to 900 eur starting from the 1st of July 2021.

To receive the conscript’s child allowance, you must also submit a certificate issued by the Estonian Defence Forces proving the service, or by the Defence Resources Agency proving the alternative non-combatant service. The certificate must state the term of service.

 

Adoption allowance

When you adopt a child, you are entitled to a one-time adoption allowance in the amount of 320 euros per each adopted child.

The allowance is paid to the adopter from whom the child does not descend, and who is not the spouse to the child’s other parent. The adoption allowance is not paid if the family has received the childbirth allowance for the same child.

To receive the childbirth allowance, file an application in six months starting from the adoption court ruling entry into force.

 

Guardianship allowance

You are entitled to the guardianship allowance if:

  • You raise a child whose parents do not fulfil their obligation to raise a child and whom the court has appointed under your guardianship;

The allowance is paid until the child turns 18. If the child is still studying at the age of 18, we shall continue with the allowance payments until the end of the academic year during which the child turns 19.

The allowance of 240 euros is paid monthly for each child under guardianship.

The right for the allowance starts on the day when the guardianship court order comes into force.

When applied for later, the allowance is paid out retrospectively, but, at the maximum, for six months preceding the application filing month.

Example. The guardianship court order took effect 01.02.2018 and you file the guardianship allowance application on 04.10.2018. We will pay the allowance retrospectively for 6 preceding calendar months, starting from 01.04.2018.

Additional info

 

 

Child care allowance

Child care allowance will no longer be granted as of 1 September 2019

  • In connection with children born on 01.09.2019 and later child care allowance will no longer be paid.
  • We will grant and keep paying child care allowance pursuant to the old procedure to all families where a child is born on 31 August 2019 at the latest.
  • We will also keep paying child care allowance to all who are already being paid child care allowance on 31 August 2019 or to whom we have granted the allowance earlier. 
    We will keep paying child care allowance until the expiry of the right to the allowance or until 31 August 2024 at the latest.
 

One parent of the family is entitled to receive child care allowance (after the end of the parental benefit payments) if the family has:

  • an up to 3-year-old child – 38.36 euros per month per each up to 3-year-old child.


In addition, a smaller child care allowance is paid for 3 to 8-year-old children if:

  • the family has one up to 3-year-old child, and another child between 3 and 8 –19.18 euros also per the 3-8-year-old per month;
  • the family has 3 or more children eligible for the child allowance – 19.18 euros per month for each 3-8-year-old.

If the child turns 8 during the first grade, we shall pay the child care allowance until the end of the first grade (meaning August 31st). If the child turns 8 during the second grade or is not studying, we shall pay the child care allowance until the end of the child’s birthday month.

The parental leave can also be given and the child care allowance paid to some other person instead of the parents. In this case, the child care allowances paid to that person may not exceed 115.08 euros per month.

Example. A family has three children (2, 3, and 6-year-olds). A child care allowance (38.36 euros per month) is paid for the 2-year-old. The child care allowance is paid for the 3 and 6-year-olds on the condition that, in a family with 3 kids, the child care allowance is paid to all children until the age of 8. The child care allowance paid to the 3 and 6-year-olds is 19.18 euros per month per child.

In total, the family is paid child care allowance 38.36 + 19.18 + 19.18 = 76.72 euros per month.

In addition, this family also receives child allowance for all children, which is 60 euros for the first and second child, and 100 euros for the third child – totalling 220 euros per month. So, in total, the family receives 296.72 euros as family allowances per month.

You are entitled to the child care allowance after the end of the parental benefit payments. We do recommend to file the child care allowance application together with the first family allowances’ application. This enables us to begin the child care allowance payments as the parental benefit payments end.

Do note that if one parent is using the parental leave, they are the one entitled to the child care allowance. The parental leave is taken from the employer.

The state pays social tax for the person on parental leave, which means that the person has valid health insurance! More information about health insurance is available HERE.

A family does not get simultaneous parental benefit and child care allowance payments. This means that if we pay parental benefit for one child, we stop the child care allowance payments for all the children in the family for that period.

You will also not get child care allowance for the child and the period that you are paid the maternity benefit or adoption benefit. These benefits do not influence the child care allowances paid for your other children.

No application is required for an allowance!

If your family is entitled to the allowance, you will find a benefits offer in our self service portal after you have registered the birth of your child.

If you and your family have moved to Estonia from abroad or you become entitled to an allowance due to, for example, adoption or guardianship or other, please contact us through the self service portal or by e-mail at info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee