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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 benefits 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.
Test calculation and time recording
You can perform a test calculation (Dutch) to determine for how many hours you may be entitled to childcare benefit. The number of hours you work must be plausible, for example, if you can prove how much time you spend on an assignment by recording the number of hours.
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.