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Childcare benefit contributes to the cost of childcare. If your child is attending a registered childcare centre or creche, you may receive childcare benefit as a freelancer/self-employed professional for the hours you spend on your business. These may, for example, be the hours that you spend:
- working and which you charge to your customers;
- attending to your business administration;
- writing quotations or keeping your website updated;
- following courses or training for your business.
Travelling time for commuting purposes are not deemed to be worked hours.
You must be able to show proof of the number of hours you work. For example by recording the number of hours you spend on an assignment.
How to apply for childcare benefit?
You apply for childcare benefit yourself with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, within 3 months after your child starts going to a childcare centre.
You can perform a test calculation (in Dutch) to determine for how many hours you may be entitled to childcare benefit. You can find the current amounts for child care benefit on the website of the Dutch government (in Dutch).
If there are any changes in your situation you have to inform the Tax and Customs Adminstration. For example if something changes in your income, the number of hours you work, or the number of hours your child spends in a childcare centre. You can also use the childcare benefit app from the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (in Dutch).
If you are no longer eligible for childcare benefit, you must inform the Tax and Customs Adminstration within 4 weeks. You are no longer eligible for childcare benefit if:
- your child no longer attends a childcare centre
- you have stopped working
Childcare benefit for play groups
The benefit for children attending a children's play group rather than a registered childcare centre has ceased as regulations for the two forms of childcare harmonised in 2018. If your child attends a former play group, (now called a childcare centre), you are entitled to a childcare benefit.