Childcare benefit is an allowance to cover the costs of childcare. If your child is attending a registered childcare facility, you may receive childcare benefits as a self-employed professional for the hours you spend on your business. These may, for example, be the hours that you spend:
- and charge to your customers;
- on your business administration;
- to produce quotations or to keep your website updated;
- on following courses or training for your business.
Travelling time for commuting purposes may not be deemed to be worked hours.
As of 1 January 2018 the allowance also applies when your child is attending a children's play group instead of a registered childcare facility. However, in 2018 the whole system will change, which means the allowance in this specific form will disappear altogether as of 1 January 2019.
Test calculation and time recording
You can perform a test calculation (Dutch) to determine for how many hours you may be entitled to the childcare benefit. You must be able to make worked hours plausible through, for example, recording time.