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)