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We have different types of fee reduction schemes:
The rules governing the fee reduction for siblings have been adopted by the City Council and are regulated through the Regulations for parental payment in day care.
The City Council has adopted new rules for fee reduction for siblings. As of 1 August 2016 there is no longer a fee reduction for siblings in school day care (SFO).
A family with more than one child enrolled in a day-care centre will be granted a 30% fee reduction for child no. 2, and a 50% fee reduction for child no. 3 and any more siblings.
The fee reduction for siblings will be granted for the least expensive place.
The fee reduction covers siblings who are permanent members of the same household. Children are considered to be permanent residents at the address they are registered under in the population register.
Applications for reduced payment are processed pursuant to the national rules for income-regulated parental payment and free core time.
No parents shall pay more than six per cent of the family’s income, limited up to the maximum fee ceiling for a place in day care. Families with no taxable income shall not pay for the place in day care. Day-care centres may also charge a meals fee. See the day-care centre’s by-laws for information on fees.
Since 1 August 2015 a national programme has been in place for free core time (20 hours) for four- and five-year olds from families with low incomes. This also applies to children with a deferred school start. As of 1 August 2016, this programme will be expanded to also include three-year-olds.
You can apply for reduced payment on financial grounds. The full fee must be paid until your application has been approved. The decision will be made according to an assessment of the family’s finances. Documented information about the family’s total income and expenses must be attached to the application. This also applies to cohabitants, regardless of parental responsibility. The application will be assessed according to the social welfare service’s subsistence rates.
Income means: Gross pay, cash allowance for childcare, pension, social security benefits (except basic and additional benefits and education benefits). Income from self-employment, care benefits, child maintenance, housing allowance, grants/birth benefits and social-assistance benefits.
Expenses mean: Rent, municipal fees, housing loans (documentation of payment plan), electrical power and heating expenses, taxes, child maintenance, expenses for other child care. Documented study expenses (semester/exam fee) when grants/study loans have been granted. A deduction for housing expenses is granted – up to NOK 9650 per month. For deductions for living expenses the social welfare service’s rates are used based on the size of the family.
The family surplus or payment ability is the difference between documented income and expenses. The fee is stipulated at 85 per cent of the family’s ability to meet their financial obligations.
The right to a reduction in the parental payment has been terminated as of 1 August 2016.
Children who have already been granted the right to a reduction will maintain this as long as the decision they have received is valid.
Children who have been granted a deferred school start will be granted a fee reduction for 20 hours a week of day care.
Other support schemes
You can apply to NAV [the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration] for support that can provide assistance to you as a single mother or father by paying for childminding so that you can work, apply for work or attend a studies programme.