What are Participation Allowances?

 

The Participation Allowances form part of the Growth Package, the new Child Benefit in Flanders. Your child may be entitled to these allowances if they satisfy certain criteria:

Childcare Allowance: Those using Dutch-language childcare in Flanders or Brussels are entitled to a Childcare Allowance of 3.23 euros per child, per day of childcare.

Toddler Allowance: 3-year-old children who are enrolled in Dutch-language education, and 4-year-old children who remain enrolled and attend school frequently enough, receive an additional 132.60 euros per year.

Study Allowance: This supplementary allowance provides support to low-income families with school-aged children in Dutch-language education. The Study Allowance replaces the Education Allowance for children up to and including secondary education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my Growth Package or Child Benefit?

Child Benefit is always paid on the 8th of each month. If the 8th falls on a weekend, then we will pay it on the last working day prior to that weekend. Please check our payment calendar for the various payment dates. 
 

What happens after your entitlement to Child Benefit ceases?

The maximum age for Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement is 25 years. From the age of 18 upwards, you must satisfy certain criteria in order to retain your Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement. No regular or automatic substitute applies once your entitlement to Child Benefit has ceased. If your child was entitled to a Care Allowance due to a specific support requirement, then they may be entitled to a Disability Allowance once their Child Benefit entitlement has ceased.  Please note that this is not an automatic entitlement. It must be requested and the application subsequently investigated.

What information appears on the Growth Package/Child Benefit certificate?

Live in Flanders?

The proof of payment states that KidsLife pays Child Benefit for your child(ren) and to whom this is paid. The certificate exclusively states the name and date of birth of those children who are still entitled to Child Benefit. It’s not currently possible to create certificates specifying the actual amounts. In the context of the GDPR, the certificate does not contain any address details. 

Live in Brussels or Wallonia?

The proof of payment states that KidsLife pays Child Benefit for your child(ren) and to whom this is paid. The certificate exclusively states the name and date of birth of those children who are still entitled to Child Benefit. The last monthly amount paid may or may not appear on the certificate, depending on for which organisation you are requesting the certificate. In the context of the GDPR, the certificate does not contain any address details.

In what circumstances will I receive a reduction to my Child Benefit or Growth Package entitlement?

KidsLife informeert je altijd als je minder Kinderbijslag of Groeipakket zou ontvangen. Dit kan verschillende redenen hebben. Contacteer je KidsLife-adviseur als je vragen zou hebben over het bedrag dat je ontvangt of bekijk je online dossier Groeipakket of Kinderbijslag via My KidsLife

What’s the difference between Child Benefit in Brussels prior to and after 2020: new legislation and photo amount.

 

The Child Benefit scheme in Brussels was revised with effect from 01/01/2020. If you were receiving Child Benefit prior to 2020, then a transitional measure currently applies. This means that you’ll continue to receive the same amount as before, providing that the new amount is less than the old one. In other words, you’ll always receive the higher amount. We refer to that higher amount as the ‘photo amount’.

We’ll continue to pay this photo amount until the amount calculated in the new scheme is the same or higher.

When will this amount be re-evaluated?

The photo amount is re-evaluated upon changes to your family circumstances: 

  • A child is born
  • A child leaves the family
  • A child is no longer entitled to Child Benefit
  • A child is suspended (for example: a student working more than 240 hours per quarter)
  • An entitlement to supplementary allowance applies

These transitional measures apply for 5 years with effect from 1/1/2020.

Want to know how much Child Benefit you’re entitled to? Then take a look at My KidsLife, your online Child Benefit file from KidsLife