Child care service for a child with a serious or profound disability

Child care service for a child with a severe and profound disability is a service supporting the subsistence or employment of a person who has custody of the child, including the guardian or caregiver for the child in the family (hereinafter Caregiver), during the provision of which the licensed provider of the child care service ensures the care, development and security of the child instead of the said persons.

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The right to child care service is granted to the person who has custody of the child or the Caregiver, until the end of the year in which the child attains 18 years of age. The reimbursable limit for the child care service provided to a child with a severe and profound disability in 2017 is EUR 402 per child.

To receive child care service aimed at a child with a severe and profound disability, an application is submitted to the social worker of the social welfare department of the local city district responsible for the service. For children with a severe and profound disability, the social worker of the local city district assesses the need for child care service on an individual basis for each child. After the application has been submitted, a social worker from the city district’s social welfare department shall have the right to request additional documents or other further information concerning the child (if necessary) from the applicant.

Please be ready to submit the following documents:

copy of the decision of the Estonian National Social Insurance Board on establishing the degree of disability of the child and additional costs;copy of the rehabilitation plan for the child (if available);

copy of the decision made by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund on the assessment of work ability for children aged over 16;

copy of the recommendation of the county or national counselling committee of SA Innove Rajaleidja;

copy of the contract stipulated in subsection 130 (3) of the Social Welfare Act, if the application is presented by the caregiver specified in subsection 129 (1) of the Social Welfare Act.

The head or the deputy head of the city district’s social welfare department shall make a decision concerning the referral of the child to the service within ten (10) working days as of submission of the application and all the requested documents. If the decision is positive, the social welfare department of the local city district shall sign the necessary contract under public law with the person who has the right of custody over a person or the Caregiver for the person entitled to child care service, for providing the necessary service.

To submit an application:

Where to start

Find the provider of child care service for children with severe and profound disability and agree on the terms of providing the service. To find a provider of child care service you may use the register of economic activities; if needed, you may also consult the social worker for the city district’s social welfare department, who coordinates the child care service for children with severe and profound disability, to find the suitable service provider.

Submit the application to the social welfare department of your child’s local city district (in 2017, the previously established old application forms are used). For children with a severe and profound disability, a social worker from the local city district responsible for the service assesses the need for child care service on an individual basis for each child. Be prepared for the social worker to ask for additional documents or other necessary information about concerning the child, to make the decision.

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Personal identification

Have an identity document and the child's rehabilitation plan with you.

What to do with the form

  • Submit the application to the social worker of the social welfare department of the local city district responsible for the service.

Be prepared to present to the social worker the following additional documents on your child:

  1. copy of the decision of the Estonian National Social Insurance Board on establishing the degree of disability and additional costs;
  2. copy of the rehabilitation plan for the child (if available);
  3. Copy of the decision made by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund on the assessment of work ability for children aged over 16;
  4. Copy of the recommendation of the county or national counselling committee of SA Innove Rajaleidja;
  5. copy of the contract stipulated in subsection 130 (3) of the Social Welfare Act, if the application is presented by the caregiver specified in subsection 129 (1) of the Social Welfare Act.

The decision on the provision of the service is made within ten (10) working days as of presenting the application and the requested documents. In case of a positive decision, a contract under public law between the service provider, applicant and city district is concluded.

Result

  • The social welfare department of the local city district of the child with a severe or profound disability shall sign a contract under public law with the person entitled to child care service and the service provider chosen by the person entitled to child care service for providing the child care service, provided that:
  1. the local city district of the child with severe or profound disability has received all the additional documents requested by the social worker for making the decision;
  2. the child with severe or profound disability has not received the child care service in the same year within the maximum cost (EUR 402);
  3. the child with a severe or profound disability is not simultaneously being provided with other social services ensuring care (such as a foster home service or support person service for a child with a severe and profound disability).

Based on the invoices delivered in accordance with the contract, the city district shall pay the service provider the amount agreed upon in the contract (in 2017, up to EUR 402 per calendar year).

What to do when the result is unsatisfactory:

If you are unsatisfied with the child-minder service, submit your complaints to the provider of the child-minder service. If you don’t reach an agreement you can contact the Harju County Governor with a supervision application.