Child benefit in brief

Child benefit is a payment to help you with the cost of caring for a child.

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Which children can you get child benefit for?

You can get child benefit for:

  • your own child
  • your partner’s or your ex-partner’s child
  • a foster child
  • a child you care for as if it was your own child

Child benefit amounts as your child gets older

As a child gets older, the amount of child benefit changes twice. There is also a change in the rules.

If you have a new baby

Your child benefit will be €249.31 per quarter. Child benefit is always paid after the end of the quarter concerned.


  • If your child was born on 20 June
  • you will get child benefit starting from the 3rd quarter (1 July)
  • but you will not receive the first payment until the beginning of October

When your child turns 3

If your child needs extensive care because of severe illness or disability, you may qualify for child benefit at twice the basic rate. 

This is possible if your child:

  • is 3 or over
  • lives at home
  • has been given a positive opinion from the Care Needs Assessment Centre (CIZ)

When your child turns 6

The child benefit amount goes up. 

You will get €302.74 per quarter.

When you child turns 12

The child benefit amount will go up for the last time. 

You will get €356.16 per quarter.

When your child turns 16

We will check whether your child is in full-time education. This must also lead to a school leaving qualification such as a diploma equal to at least Dutch havo, vwo or mbo level 2.

You can get child benefit if your child:

  • is studying to obtain a school leaving qualification
  • already has a school leaving qualification
  • is not in full-time education because of illness or disability (your child has an exemption)

When your child turns 18

Your child benefit will stop.

But your child may be able to get:

  • student finance from the Dutch Education Service (DUO)
  • a school study allowance from DUO
  • healthcare benefit from the Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax and Customs Administration)

How to claim child benefit

Child benefit is usually paid automatically, but sometimes you have to submit a claim. This will depend on your situation.

Answer a few questions to see how to submit a claim.