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

The childcare service helps parents of disable children cope and work, and at the same time ensures the child’s comfort, development and safety. The childcare service is also designed to give parents free time from taking care of their children so that they can temporarily engage in other activities (for example, looking for a job, attending training or

In place of a parent, the child is cared for by a trained (licensed) nanny.

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There are several ways of financing the childcare service, depending on the volume of the service (the support and equalisation fund and the European Social Fund, either in combination or separately). A specialist from the city district government will provide the family with more detailed information about this, while also determining the family’s need for assistance and the sources of financing for the service.

  • In agreement with the service provider, the childcare service can be provided on the service provider’s premises or at the child’s home.
  • In the case of children aged up to 18 with a severe or profound disability, the childcare service is financed for the term of the service referral decision.
  • Parents can use the service during the day or round the clock. The service can also be provided on an hourly basis. The round-the-clock service may suit parents who are on holiday or a business trip.
  • It is not possible to obtain the service in the case of unexpected need, because the process of applying and entering into the contract generally takes a few weeks.
  • Where to start

    Contact the city district government of the child’s place of residence. The family’s need for assistance is determined together with a specialist. If the childcare service is determined as an assistance measure, the service provider is selected jointly, and on that basis the specialist may ask that an appropriate application be submitted.

    To obtain the childcare service benefit, submit a written application (together with the required documents) to the social welfare department of the city district government of the child’s place of residence.

    The free-form written application must include:

    • the applicant’s name, personal identification code, place of residence and contact details
    • the contact details of the applicant’s representative
    • the name of the requested service
    • the reason why the service is needed: state the circumstances that explain why the applicant needs childcare provision and why their need cannot be met with other social services or assistance
    • the date of applying and a signature

    Be prepared to submit the following additional documents about the child to a child protection official or social worker:

    • a copy of the decision of the Social Insurance Board on the severity of the disability and the assessment of additional costs
    • a copy of the child’s rehabilitation plan (if available)
    • a copy of the decision of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (for children over 16 years of age) on the assessment of their work ability
    • a copy of the recommendation of the county or national advisory committee of the Rajaleidja Centre of the Innove foundation
    • the child protection official or social worker assesses the need for childcare provision separately for each child. Be prepared for a child protection official or social worker to ask for additional documents or other necessary information about the child that is needed in order to make the decision.

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    The decision on providing the service will be made within 10 working days of the submission of the application and the required documents. In the case of a positive decision, a contract under public law is entered into between the service provider, the service applicant and the city district government.

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