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Childcare Allowance

In Holland there are considerable government rebates available for working families to assist with the costs of childcare.

Through the Dutch Childcare Allowance (or Kinderopvangtoeslag) Dutch tax authorities reimburse a substantial portion of childcare costs, for children aged 0-12 years, where both parents (or a single parent) are working or studying.

Who can claim it?
Almost all parents who are registered in the Netherlands - and hold a BSN (BurgerServiceNummer) - are entitled to the Childcare Allowance when using formal registered childcare – irrespective of nationality or length of stay. Even if you do not pay tax in the Netherlands, you are often still eligible for the refund.

How much do you get?
The amount you will get back is dependent on your combined gross income and the number of hours you and your partner are working/studying. Additionally, the childcare allowance is provided on a per child basis, whereby an allowance is determined and provided for each child. The amount is substantial and increases significantly for a siblings. The child care allowance is paid directly to the parents by the tax authorities on a monthly basis. 

Please, use our Online Calculator to find out how much you are entitled to receive.

How can you claim?
Zein offers free assistance for international parents if you would like help in applying for the allowance. You can contact Debicare by email via j.vansanten@debicare.nl or by phone using: 0180-555 911. Please note that the first application for the allowance has to be made within 3 months after the starting date (i.e. you can’t claim it retrospectively for the previous year). You can also apply for the Dutch Childcare Allowance directly yourself via the government’s website www.toeslagen.nl.

In 2018, childcare allowance is available for Day Care, Pre-School, After School Care and Holiday Camps.

Day Care Example
  • A family with two young children would like to apply for day care at The Willows. The parents earn a combined gross income of €75.000 and, as one of the parents is employed on a part-time basis, they have decided to apply for four days of day care a week, totaling to 182 hours a month per child.

    Taking the average hourly rate of €8.45 per hour for day care at Zein at The Willows, the family will be invoiced for €1537.90 per child per month. However, after applying for the Dutch Child Care Allowance, €2008,08 of the total €3075.80 per month will be refunded to the parents (€795,91 for the first child and €1212,17 for the second)! Leaving a total amount of only €1067,72 to be paid by the parents themselves.
Pre-School Example

 

  • A family with one young child would like to apply for Pre-School at The Maples. The parents earn a combined gross income of €100.000 and, as one of the parents is employed on a part-time basis, they have decided to apply for teo sessions Pre-School a week, totaling to 28 hours a month per child.

    Taking the average hourly rate of €8.60 per hour for day care at Zein at The Maples, the family will be invoiced for €240.80 per child per month. However, after applying for the Dutch Child Care Allowance, €73.00 of the total €240.80 per month will be refunded to the parents. Leaving a total amount of only €167,80 to be paid by the parents themselves.

 

Out of School Care Example (After School Care & Holiday Camps)
  • A family with three children between the ages of 4-12 would like to apply for after school care for all three of their children. The parents earn a combined gross income of €120.000 Euros and, as one of the parents is employed on a part-time basis, they have decided to apply for two days of after school care a week, including all small* holidays (*full days of care during all school holidays except for the summer break). On average, the children will enjoy 34 hours of care per month per child.

    Taking the hourly rate of €8.35 per hour for after school care including small holidays at Zein, the family will be invoiced for €292,25 per child per month. However, after applying for the Dutch Child Care Allowance, €462,91 of the total €876,75 per month will be refunded to the parents (€78,69 for the first child and €192,11 each for the second and third child)! Leaving a total amount of only €413,84 to be paid by the parents themselves.

The ruling for the childcare allowance for out of school care is slightly different compared to day care and pre-school as the government will only provide an allowance on 70% percent of the hours of the parent who works the least. Please be advised that the government takes into account the number of hours claimed on after school care, when calculating the refund on holiday camps.