New measures concerning the care of sick children at home
The Government of Monaco, in agreement and full cooperation with the National Council and more particularly this Assembly’s Commission for Women’s and Family Rights, implemented a scheme for the care of sick children at home in September 2009.
In order to increase eligibility to this service and thus meet the expectations of many families, new measures are to be implemented from January 2011, concerning both practical and financial arrangements.
The purpose of the scheme set up for the care of sick children was to enable families living in the Principality to reconcile their family and professional commitments more easily in the event that their child’s state of health justified his/her temporarily missing school and staying at home.
Consequently it was geared towards parents who experienced problems in managing such situations, not being able to find a solution for child care via relatives or friends.
The purpose of the agreement signed in September 2009 with the two human services companies “Family Sphère”, recently renamed “Kangorou Kids” and “Monaco Famille Concept”, pertaining to child care and giving every guarantee as far as safety is concerned, is to provide fast and high-quality care for such children.
This service has now been extended to all homes with children over the age of 2 (and not over the age of 3 as previously) and under the age of 13, whose state of health justifies that they temporarily stay away from school, when both parents or a single parent living in the Principality and in employment, are unable to take care of the child.
The 48h waiting period following the declaration of the illness, initially required before any care could be provided for children under the age of 6, has been withdrawn.
It is important to point out that in order to be entitled to benefit from this scheme, individuals need to provide the company they have chosen with the information necessary to ensure appropriate care for the child concerned beforehand (duly completed registration form including authorisation for care by a third party, a medical history and consent form, protocols, medical certificate mentioning the length of absence from school and if applicable, a medical prescription).
The hourly rate for the 2010-2011 academic year remains at 19€ inclusive of all taxes for the care of one to two children and at 22€ inclusive of all taxes for three children.
Finally, welfare benefit has been increased from 10€ to 15€ per hour for homes whose income does not exceed the upper limits of the “green leaf” card or the equivalent (meaning that families are left to pay only 4€ per hour). Welfare benefit amounting to 10€ per hours is also provided for homes whose income does not exceed the upper limits of the “pink leaf” card or the equivalent (meaning that families are left to pay only 9€ per hour).
This cover is available upon request by the individuals concerned to the Social Welfare Office.
For further information: Kangourou Kids » Tel: 98 80 01 20
“Monaco Famille Concept » Tel: 97 98 22 41