Childcare allowance

The childcare act and the related childcare allowance came into effect in 2005. The childcare allowance is an income-related payment by the government to compensate for part of the costs of formally arranged care for children not yet in secondary education. Formal childcare is care in a day-care centre, an out-of-school care centre, or by an officially registered child-minder.
Since 2007, employers are also required to contribute to the costs of childcare. The sum they transfer to central government covered just over half of childcare allowances paid in 2013.