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 (1774,05 euros in 2020; 1910,77 euros in 2021), 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 540 euros in 2020.
  • 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 2020.
  • 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 2020, the maximum parental benefit is 3,548.10 euros (In 2021 - 3,821.54 euros).

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 2019 540 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.

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 new type of parental benefit. We will begin to grant and pay it starting on 1 July 2020. This will be accompanied by paternity leave of 30 days for working fathers from their employers. The goal is to promote the greater involvement of fathers in the raising of their children and thereby also alleviating the burden of care placed upon mothers.

Who is eligible to receive the benefit?

  • Fathers, whose child is born on 1 July 2020 or later
  • If the child's biological father is failing to perform his obligation to raise the child and has not already exercised his right to the additional benefit for fathers, the adoptive parent, guardian or foster parent or the mother’s spouse has the right to receive the additional parental benefit.
  • The mother’s spouse also has the right to paternity leave even if the biological father submits a written notice to the Social Insurance Board regarding the decision to waive the right to receive the additional benefit for fathers.

 

 

TRANSITION PERIOD!

Please note that the new system will only apply to those children who are born on 1 July 2020 or later. Regardless of the child's estimated due date!

In order for the new system to be valid, the entire holiday taken based on the new system must be taken after 1 July 2020. The new paternity leave cannot be used earlier than 1 July 2020!

This means that:

  • Even if the child’s estimated due date is 1 July 2020 or later, but the child is born earlier, the old system will apply to the father. He will have the right to use 10 working days of paternity leave assigned under the old system.
  • If the estimated due date is prior to 1 July 2020, but the child is actually born on 1 July 2020 or later, the new system will apply to the father and he will have the right to use 30 calendar days of paternity leave.

    Please Note! Except if the father has, in accordance with the old system, already exercised his right to 10 days of paternity leave in the two months prior to the birth of the child! In that case, the old system will apply to the father, and he will no longer have the right to take out the so-called remaining 20 days, regardless of whether the child was born on 1 July 2020 or later!

 

What do I need to know?

  • Can be used starting 30 days prior to the estimated due date assigned by the doctor or midwife until the child reaches 3 years of age. Take into consideration the difference in the transition period !)
  • If the father is employed, the father must, at the time of receiving the additional parental benefit, be on paternity leave from all of his employers! The use of the holiday period will be entered in the employment register. Paternity leave can be used as a whole or in parts. In accordance with the Employment Contracts Act, the employer may refuse to grant the holiday for a period of less than 7 calendar days.
  • In the case of the additional parental benefit for fathers the principle shall not apply that in the case of earning a maximum of one-half of the upper limit of the benefit (EUR 1774.05 in 2020) there shall be no decrease in the parental benefit.
    During paternity leave the father may not work or earn any income!
  • If the father is unemployed, if he is a FIE or a so-called representative of a liberal profession (for example, notaries, bailiffs, sworn translators, auditors, trustees in bankruptcy) or a person employed under an authorisation agreement and contact of employment or other contract under the law of obligations or a member of a management body of a legal person, he is ineligible for paternity leave. He is eligible to receive the additional parental benefit for fathers for a period of 30 calendar days. It can be used at a convenient time, starting 30 days prior to the estimated due date until the child reaches 3 years of age. The father can decide whether he wishes to use the benefit as a whole or in parts.
  • If the family has several children under 3 years of age, who were born at different times after 1 July 2020, the father has the right to use the 30 day paternity leave and/or additional parental benefit in association with each of the children. The benefit/holiday for each child must be used at a different time – the additional parental benefit for fathers cannot be taken out for multiple children at the same time, nor can a multiple benefit be collected during the same period as a result.
  • In the case of a multiple birth, one period shall be valid regardless of the number of births.
  • The additional parental benefit for fathers may be collected during a period when the mother is the recipient of the parental benefit or the maternity benefit (30 calendar days prior to the due date for the child) as well as later, until the child reaches 3 years of age.
  • If the family wishes that the father would receive the standard parental benefit followed by the additional parental benefit for fathers, then the first 30 days of the period covered by the benefit shall always be considered the additional parental benefit for fathers. A father may begin to receive the standard parental benefit starting on the day when the child is at least 70 days old and the mother’s certificate for maternity leave has ended. Prior to that time, the father is only able to exercise his right to the additional parental benefit for fathers.
 

What is the amount of the additional parental benefit for fathers?

 

The additional parental benefit for fathers is calculated for each father using the same rules that are used to calculate the parental benefit.

This is done by first subtracting the nine full calendar months prior to the birth of the child from the child’s month of birth (i.e. the average length of pregnancy, regardless of whether the child was born on time, prematurely or was overdue) and when calculating the parental benefit we take the income for the 12 months prior to those 9 months as the basis.

The amount of the benefit depends on the amount of social tax which has been paid on the earned income. You can read more about how the parental benefit is calculated here. Also of assistance is the parental benefit calculator (in estonian).

The minimum amount of the parental benefit is the minimum monthly wage (EUR 540 for 2020) that was valid on 1 January of the previous calendar year. The maximum amount of the parental benefit is three times the average salary in Estonia during the year before last (EUR 3548.10 in 2020).

To receive father’s additional parental benefit and paternity leave

  • Negotiate in advance!
    • If you have a job, reach an agreement with your employer regarding the time you will be taking your leave! Be aware that your employer may refuse to grant you leave when the corresponding notice was given less than 14 days before and the leave is less than 7 days long. However, if the employer agrees, then there are no restrictions imposed by us – you can go on leave on the same day, if you want.
    • Also talk to your child’s mother about the time of leave and how you use the benefit!
  • Submit a leave request via self-service
    • Log into our self-service and submit your request.
      If you want to go on leave before the child is born, you must add 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 self-service.
    • If you have a valid employment relationship registered in the employment register, you must also include your employer’s email address.
      The child’s mother’s email address is also mandatory. Self-service sends them a notification about your leave request and waits for 5 working days.
    • The employer and the child’s mother can let us know within 5 working days if they do not agree with the leave request.
       
  • Go on leave and wait for benefits
    • Go on paternity leave at the desired time!
    • If your employer or the child’s mother does not object, 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.

 

 

Self service portal»

 

NB!  New leave can begin at the earliest on 1 July and you can also apply for leave through our self-service from 1 July 2020. 
 

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.

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. Read more about the parental leave HERE.

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