Short term child care services
The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) offers you help with child care. The League’s child care service is meant to meet temporary and short term needs for child care assistance, around the clock, also on weekends.
The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare has a pool of babysitters. They are trained and suitable to work with children. A typical babysitter is a student under 20 years of age. In addition to initial training, MLL also provides advanced training, supervision and counseling to babysitters on a regular basis. Qualified babysitters hold a valid license issued by MLL.
Short term child care service is available for example when
- a child is ill
- a parent is ill
- the child’s permanent caregiver is ill
- a parent is on a business trip, in a meeting, or studying
- parents need a break for hobbies or to spend some time together
Families employ the babysitters
1. Paying wages
Babysitters are to be paid in cash after finishing their work, according to the nearest half-hour. Pay recommendation of MLL's child care is 8,20 euros per hour. The minimum payment is two hours. Wages are to be paid for the hours that were booked, even if the family arrives home earlier.
Sunday working is regulated under section 33 of the Working Hours Act (Työaikalaki). For Sunday work, families must pay babysitters a 100% supplement, i.e. €16.40 per hour. This higher rate is also payable on religious holidays, the May Day holiday and Finnish Independence Day.
2. Issuing a payment slip
When paying the babysitter, you must also issue a payment slip.
3. Employee Pensions Act contriputions
Employee Pensions Act contributions must be paid if the wages payable to a babysitter exceed €58,19 in one month (2017 figures). Employee Pensions Act contributions are calculated individually, and all babysitters aged between 17 and 67 are subject to them. Families deduct the employee’s portion from the wages payable. The amount is 5,70% for employees aged 17–52 and aged 63-67 and 7,20% for those aged 53–62. In 2017 the total percentage rate for Employee Pensions Act contributions is 25,10%, and it is reported in full to the family’s chosen pension insurance company.
4. Accident insurance
Statutory accident insurance for employees must be taken if a family pays more than 1200€ per year for employers. You can consult insurance companies and choose the right insurance cover for your family. This insurance is taken out on a calendar year basis and covers all babysitters that work for the family.
5. Annual reporting
If a family pays over €200 in one year to a single babysitter, an annual report of the wages paid by that family will be submitted to the family’s regional tax office. These annual reports are generated by the end of January for the preceding year on the Finnish Tax Administration’s form no. VEROH 7801.
6. Unemployment insurance contribution
Family must deduct 1,60% (year 2017, see table unemployment insurance) of unemployment insurance contribution from all carers aged 17 to 65 years. Family has to make a payroll amount report if they have pay for carers aged 17 to 64 years more than 1200 € or more during calendar year. The report has to be made until the end of next year’s January either via www.palkka.fi or by calling to unemployment insurance funds customer service tel.0757570500. When family has made the report the unemployment insurance fund will send an invoice considering unemployment insurance contribution. Family will pay employers part (0,8% year 2017) and carers part. More information; www.tvr.fi (in English)
7. Withholding (PAYE) tax and social security contributions
If a family pays over €1,500 in one year in wages to a single babysitter, the wages paid to that babysitter must have PAYE tax and social security contributions deducted. For figures below this threshold, babysitters deal with reporting their income and payment of tax to the tax authorities themselves. A family must pay social security contributions if that family pays over €1,500 in one year in wages to a single babysitter. The employer’s social security contribution in 2017 is 1,08% of wages. This contribution must be paid no later than the 10th day of the month following the month the wages were paid, using the tax authority’s credit transfer form (VEROH 7619).
Families must allow sufficient time to get acquainted with the babysitter beforehand and must provide clear guidance in matters relating to the care of the children.
Child care is generally provided at the family’s home or at another appropriate location.
Some babysitters can also look after children who are ill. However, it is the family’s responsibility to give any medication to the child. If medication absolutely must be given to a child while the babysitter is looking after the child, the family must provide the babysitter with clear written instructions on how the medication is to be administered.
Babysitters cannot drive the children in the family’s car. If a babysitter is to drive children in the babysitter’s own car, this must be agreed in writing.
If a babysitter finishes work late in the evening or at night, the babysitter must be taken home safely, either by giving him/her a lift or by paying for a taxi.
It may be possible to get a household tax deduction for expenses incurred in paying for babysitting services, subject