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.

Who can request a Growth Package/Child Benefit certificate?

You can only apply for a certificate if you yourself are the Child Benefit or Growth Package beneficiary. Furthermore, you can only create a certificate if you are logged in to the my KidsLife customer portal.  

When will you start receiving your child benefit following the birth of your child?

If you have already applied for your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount, then you will automatically receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package following the birth of your child. 
So you need no longer submit an application when your baby is born! Registering the birth of your child with the municipality where you live is sufficient. 

The exact timing of your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments depends on where you live. It’s important to note that your Child Benefit and Growth Package will be paid in the following month, just like your salary or benefits:

For example: you will receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments for the month of May around 8 June. 

Growth package in Flanders

You will receive your Growth Package from the month of birth onwards. 
For example: if your child was born on 2 March, you will receive your Growth Package from the month of March. The payment for the month of March occurs on 8 April. 

Child benefit in Brussels and Wallonia

You will receive your Child Benefit in the month following the birth:
For example: if your child was born on 2 March, you will receive your Child Benefit from the month of April. The payment for the month of April occurs on 8 May.

Haven’t yet applied for your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount? 

Request this quickly and easily online at KidsLife! 

When must I submit a new Child Benefit or Growth Package application?

When to submit a Growth Package or Child Benefit application

  1. You are new to Belgium and don’t yet receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package
  2. You haven’t received Child Benefit or Growth Package payments for more than 1 year.

When NOT to submit a Growth Package or Child Benefit application

  1. If you have already applied for the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount from KidsLife. We automatically pay your Child Benefit and Growth Package following the birth of your child.
  2. When moving home
  3. If you already receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package in Belgium. Want to become a customer? You can become a KidsLife customer in no time!

Would you like to submit an application?

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