Yes. Each child entitles you to one full childcare allowance. If you apply for childcare allowance for two children, you can receive no more than two full childcare allowances.
Childcare allowance is support for parents caring for a child with a disability or long-term illness.
Am I eligible for childcare allowance?
By answering a few questions about your and your child's situation in the guide for persons with disabilities, you can easily see if you are eligible for childcare allowance.
You can receive childcare allowance from when the child is a newborn until June of the year the child turns 19.
You are eligible for childcare allowance if
- you are caring for a child with a disability or long-term illness
- the child needs more supervision and care than a child without a disability and will need this for at least six months
- you are insured in Sweden.
What is considered special supervision and care?
Care can refer to both direct care efforts you provide for your child, as well as other assistance such as help with
- special training
- establishing routines and structure
- getting your child active and motivated.
Supervision refers to when your child needs supervision because it would otherwise run away, find hazardous items, be in or cause an accident, etc. Supervision does not necessarily mean that you have to actively prevent situations that are hazardous for the child. It can also be e.g. being available in case something happens while the child is at school.
How much money will I get?
There are two different forms of compensation available. You can apply for childcare allowance for both care and supervision combined with additional expenses or for additional expenses alone.
|Scope||SEK per month|
|Full childcare allowance||SEK 9,479|
|Three-fourths childcare allowance||SEK 7,109|
|One-half childcare allowance||SEK 4,740|
|One-fourth childcare allowance||SEK 2,370|
To receive one-fourth childcare allowance, the child must need care at least seven hours per week. The child must also require a lot of supervision or the additional expenses must be large. For the other levels, there is no specific limit. We instead base our assessment on your child's needs.
You must pay tax on the childcare allowance.
If you have major expenses related to the child's disability or illness, you can also apply for childcare allowance for additional expenses. Examples of additional expenses include
- wear to clothing and furnishings
- change of residence
- special food
- certain trips
- assistive devices.
If you are only receiving childcare allowance for additional expenses, you can receive SEK 16,380 or SEK 28,438 per year, depending on the size of your additional expenses.
If you apply for childcare allowance for care and supervision and have additional expenses exceeding SEK 8,190 per year, you can receive part of the childcare allowance tax-free.
How do I apply for childcare allowance?
1. Send in a doctor's statement
Ask your child's doctor to fill in a doctor's statement describing the disability or illness. Send the doctor's statement to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral 839 88 Östersund.
2. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)
It may be hard to know and describe how much work is involved in taking care of your child and to calculate your additional expenses. Fill in the information as best you can. Your personal administrator will contact you for a telephone interview, where you will go through your application.
If you are applying for compensation for additional expenses, you must describe what the costs are.
3. You receive a confirmation letter
We will send you a decision letter within one week of receiving your application. The letter will provide information such as the name of your personal administrator and how long it will take to process your case.
4. Your personal administrator will call you
Your personal administrator will call and schedule a telephone interview with you. During the interview, you will go through what types of needs your child has as regards care and supervision. You will also go through what additional expenses you have in relation to the child's disability or illness.
5. You receive a decision
After the interview, the administrator will compile your child's care and supervision needs and your additional expenses.
You will usually receive your decision within three months of the date you applied. The decision letter will indicate whether you have been granted the allowance and how much money you will receive.
Childcare allowance is paid out on the 18th or 19th of every month.
7. Notify us if anything changes
Call your personal administrator if, for example,
- your child's disability or illness changes
- your child's need for care and supervision changes
- your costs for the child increase or decrease
- the attendance allowance for the child increases or decreases
- support from your municipality increases or decreases
- support from your county increases or decreases
Report the change as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after you learned about the change.