What is child benefit (kinderbijslag)?

Child benefit is a contribution towards the cost of bringing up a child. Child benefit is paid every quarter until the child turns 18. 

If you have a child under the age of 18, you can get child benefit as long as you are insured under the child benefit scheme. If you work in the Netherlands, it is likely that you are insured.

When your child turns 18, child benefit stops automatically. Child benefit can stop earlier in some situations, for example if your child stops going to school.