Bringing Up Toddlers in Cyprus

Everything for parents with young children living in Cyprus: with information on health matters, child benefits and childcare...

As time is in short supply for most parents of young children, below is some information to guide the way through life in Cyprus with a young child.

Infant and Child Healthcare

Child health care in Cyprus is provided by the governmental medical services as well as the private medical sector. The governmental health services are administered through the Ministry of Health. Public health services are provided free of charge or at reduced fees to parents who can provide a Medical Identity Card. Medical Identity Cards are issued to citizens of the Cyprus Republic and EU citizens who are permanent residents of Cyprus.

Healthcare centres for mothers and babies (Κέντρα υγείας) offer a wide range of preventive medical services related to the physical and psychosocial development of infants and children. They also provide educational programs for mothers.

Child Benefits

Child benefit is available to all families residing in Cyprus for each single minor child living in the household. Parents may request child benefit from the Ministry of Finance after the birth of the child. The application form for the child benefit (αίτησης για επίδομα τέκνου/aitisi gia epidoma teknou) is available online.