On the 30th of November 2020 the Council of Ministers decided to extend until 24 December 2020 the right to an additional childcare allowance for parents of children under 8 if the parent takes personal care of the child in the case:
Childcare allowance for a pandemic is not granted if the other parent of the child is able to provide care (e.g. is taking parental leave or is unemployed) and if the school provides care to the child and the parent benefits from this form of support.
The additional childcare allowance is not included in the limit of 60 days of childcare allowance in a calendar year, which is granted on the so-called general rules.
If parents take care of their children:
If the nursery, children’s club, kindergarten, school or any other facility attended by the child is closed, but also if it is opened, if those facilities cannot provide care, or if a nanny or day carer is unable to provide care because of an epidemic, an additional childcare allowance is payable until 24 December 2020.
The payment basis for the additional childcare allowance is, as it has been the case up to now, a declaration of taking care which has to be submitted to your employer or contracting party and which is simultaneously an application for an additional childcare allowance. Persons conducting business activity may submit the declaration to ZUS using the Electronic Services Platform (PUE).
The Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 30 November 2020 introduced a new obligation for primary schools. They are obliged to carry out caring activities for the children attending classes I to III of the people employed in entities conducting therapeutic activities and carrying out public tasks in connection with the prevention, counteraction and combating of the coronavirus pandemic.
The child is taken care of if the parent submits a request to the school principal. This form of care does not entitle to additional childcare allowance.