Affordable Happiness: useful tips from KidsLife

Regardless of whether you’re a first-time mum or dad or an experienced parent: parenting invariably involves a lot of expenses. What premiums are available? Are you entitled to any allowances? How to keep things affordable? These are all questions we would like to help you with. On this page you’ll find everything you need for affordable happiness. From concrete tips on how to save on children’s stuff to an overview of premiums.
The basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.

The basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.

Children who are entitled to the Growth Package or Child Benefit receive a basic monthly amount. This basic amount can be topped up with supplementary allowances or premiums. Your basic amount is based on a number of conditions and may vary per child. 
The basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.
School allowance

School allowance

In certain circumstances children who attend pre-, primary or secondary school are entitled to the Study Allowance. This allowance is also referred to as the selective participation allowance and is intended for families on low incomes. You receive this in addition to the school premium or school bonus that’s paid out in August. 
School allowance
My baby has been born

My baby has been born

Congratulations on the birth of your little one! Enjoy those first precious moments. You will probably have quite a lot of tasks on your to-do list, such as sending out birth announcements, etc. We’ve prepared a handy checklist to prevent you from forgetting anything or missing out on any benefits:
My baby has been born
I'm planning to adopt a child

I'm planning to adopt a child

Adopting a child is a life-changing experience. Just like the birth of a baby. If you adopt a child in Belgium, then you’re entitled to financial compensation: the Child Benefits, which includes the Adoption Premium.
I'm planning to adopt a child
My child is due to start childcare

My child is due to start childcare

Is your child growing up faster than you can say Jack Robinson? Check! Before you know it, it's time for you to leave your little one at a daycare facility or with a host family for the first time. If your child attends a childcare facility, then you will receive a childcare allowance. This is one of the supplementary allowances that forms part of the Growth Package. 
My child is due to start childcare
My child is starting pre-school

My child is starting pre-school

Ready for the next chapter in your child's life? Pre-school awaits! Another big step for your little one that warrants an additional financial boost.  
My child is starting pre-school
My child needs extra care

My child needs extra care

Does your child have a long-term illness or does he or she need professional care because of a condition, impairment or disability? Then you might be entitled to one of several benefit schemes.
My child needs extra care
Host family for Ukrainian refugees.

Host family for Ukrainian refugees.

Ukrainian families may be entitled to the Growth Package and Child Benefits. What documents do they have to present? Does it have an impact on your own child benefits if you are hosting a Ukrainian family? We are happy to explain it all to you.
Host family for Ukrainian refugees
Time credit with or without a justified reason: everything you need to know.

Time credit with or without a justified reason: everything you need to know.

A break from work? Everybody needs it from time to time. Here, you'll find the answer to questions like: What are the conditions for taking time credit? Can I get time credit benefits? Are the rules different if I work in Education? 
Time credit with or without a justified reason: everything you need to know.