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Factsheet for measure SK-2020-29/1614 – measures in Slovakia

Employment support at preschools during crisis situation - Measure 6 - First Aid Plus

Udržanie pracovných miest v materských školách počas krízovej situácie - Opatrenie 6 - Prvá pomoc plu

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 15 July 2020 – 31 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Daniela Keselova (IVPR) and Eurofound
Measure added 19 December 2020 (updated 14 October 2021)

Background information

The legislative background of this measure is the Act No. 5/2004 on Employment services, as amended, Section 54. The measure is provided as a National Project within the Operational Programme Human Resources, Priority Axis 3: Employment. The applications for financial support have been accepted since 15 July 2020. Since October 2020, the measure has been included in the First Aid Plus programme.

Content of measure

Due to pandemic, preschools had to be closed from 13 March 2020. Some of them were closed to 30 June 2020. Since 15 July 2020 employers (the preschools or preschool providers) can apply for financial support for this period of closure. Eligible employers receive 80% of employee's gross monthly wage. The support is limited to the maximum of €1,100 a month per one employee. The target group include: preschool teachers and professional staff (such as teacher's assistant) and support employees at preschools who started their employment on 1 March 2020 as the latest. The employers are obliged to retain these jobs at least three months after they apply for the support. The applications are accepted and support is paid by the Offices of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. Financial sources and methodical support are provided by the Ministry of Education.

Use of measure

According to the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family 23,967 jobs were saved in 2,698 preschools across Slovakia (including Bratislava region) at total amount of €58,767,582. It made about 90% of applicants by 13 January 2021.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public employment service
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The information on social partners' involvement is not available.

Views and reactions

The information on social partners' reactions and views on the measure is not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Teaching professionals
      Cleaners and helpers
      Food preparation assistants



Eurofound (2020), Employment support at preschools during crisis situation - Measure 6 - First Aid Plus, measure SK-2020-29/1614 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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