Parents do not have to pay for corona-closed kindergartens and SFO

Guri MelbyMinister of Education and Integration Guri Melby (Liberal Party).Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

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Parents do not have to pay for kindergarten and SFO (daycare) as long as the services are closed due to the corona outbreak, informs Minister of Education Guri Melby (Venstre).

Kindergartens and schools are currently closed between March 12 and 26 due to the outbreak of the virus. The period may be extended.

This has financial consequences for both kindergartens and parents, but now the government has decided that parents should not pay, and that kindergartens should be covered by the payment of parental allowance.

The kindergartens will also receive the regular subsidy from the municipality.

“This will give the kindergartens and SFO in public schools financial framework conditions that are stable, and I expect that we will avoid layoffs. If any kindergartens lay off employees, compensation and grants will be reduced,” says Minister of Knowledge and Integration Guri Melby (Venstre).

The measure will cost the government around 1 billion kroner each month as long as kindergartens and schools are closed, the Ministry of Education said in a press release.

Despite closed kindergartens and schools, school and kindergarten owners are responsible for providing a service to children whose parents have jobs that are defined as critical social functions.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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