Care home for children with severe or profound disability

The purpose of the care home service is to support parents in working and studying and the family’s ability to cope with everyday life. A disabled child is offered care and a safe living environment in the Tallinn Children’s Home care home.

What is the target group? Children aged 3-18 with severe or profound disabilities are entitled to obtain the service. If a child who receives basic education full time or in another form of study in the case of health concerns turns 18, they have the right to obtain the service until the end of the academic year.

How does it work? The care home service is flexible:

it can be used for a few hours, on certain days or for a longer period of time. The service is provided round the clock and is divided into a short-term and a long-term service, which are provided in separate rooms. One group can consist of up to seven children.

The care home offers the child:

  • a safe living environment
  • support or guidance on simpler everyday responsibilities and activities
  • assistance with personal hygiene
  • leisure activities that support development
  • suitable conditions and support for learning

How long does it last? You have the right to obtain the short-term care home service for at least 30 calendar days, but no more than 150 calendar days per year. In July and August, every child has the option to receive the short-term care home service for 14 calendar days, or longer if places are available.

  • Where to start

    The child’s legal representative or guardian files an application with the social welfare department of the city district government in their place of residence, after which they are referred to the short- or long-term care home service.

    The social welfare department forwards the referral letter to

    After formalising the referral, the child’s legal representative or guardian contacts the service provider (e-mail address:, telephone: 606 4474) and agrees upon the details of the child attending the care home.

    Before the child is admitted to the care home, the child’s legal representative or guardian provides the service provider with written material introducing the child, such as their characteristics, skills and abilities, the specific nature of their behaviour, special conditions of care and use of aids.

    The service provider accepts applications for the following calendar year starting from 1 November.

    For contact information, choose institution from the list:


    A child whose place of residence as listed in the population register is a local government unit other than Tallinn and whose service is not paid for from the budget of Tallinn may receive the service for up to 30 calendar days per year.

    The child’s legal representative or guardian provides the child with the personal aids, hygiene products and personal belongings (including teaching aids) that the child will need during the service and also pays for food.


    Before a child is admitted to a care home or added to its waiting list, a bilateral agreement is entered into between the child’s legal representative or guardian and the service provider. After signing the contract, the child’s legal representative or carer has the right to bring the child in for a ‘trial day’ if they wish to do so.

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