HR Award - University employees can now benefit from nursery school or children's group allowance

Masaryk University is introducing a new benefit to support the reconciliation of work and family life and parents' return from maternity and parental leave. It is possible to draw a contribution to a kindergarten or a children's group tuition fees from the social fund instead of a contribution to a supplementary pension scheme or supplementary pension savings.

6 Sep 2023

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As of 1 September 2023, all Masaryk University employees can use the funds they have previously used or could have used for supplementary pension insurance to cover part of the tuition fee for a child in kindergarten or a children's group. According to Appendix No. 1 to the Collective Agreement, this amount is 2% of the employee's wage rate.

The contribution to cover part of the school fees is made to the employee, not to the child. Each employee is, therefore, entitled to one allowance. However, both parents (if they are MU employees) may draw the allowance for one child, but the allowance cannot be drawn more than once for more than one child.

When is it worthwhile to use the benefit?

Using the new MU kindergarten or children's group allowance provides an advantage for parents who pay school fees of more than CZK 17,300/year (= CZK 1,442/month).

Parents whose monthly payment for nursery school is lower can take advantage of the statutory possibility of claiming a tax relief for the nursery fees paid as part of the annual tax statement or tax return (this is how the tax relief of up to CZK 17,300/year/child can currently be claimed).

For more information, see the Methodological sheet of the Personnel Management Department of the Rector’s Office of Masaryk University Extension of the social fund to include a nursery school/playgroup allowance.

If you are interested in applying for the allowance, don't hesitate to get in touch with your HR manager.

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