Subsidies for Childcare
Yes, there is! In most cases, the Dutch government reimburses a substantial portion of the cost of childcare. This childcare subsidy is called kinderopvangtoeslag.
Note: The childcare subsidy (kinderopvangtoeslag) should not be confused with the child benefit (kindersbijslag). More information can be found here.
If both parents work or study in the Netherlands, then 99% of the time you are eligible for childcare subsidies. You can make a sample calculation here.
Once your application has been approved and the amount has been calculated, you will receive monthly benefit payments.
To apply for the childcare subsidy, visit the Dutch government page on benefits.
Important! You must apply for the childcare subsidy within 3 months after the month your child first attends a childcare centre.
No, sorry, Teddy Kids cannot apply for the subsidy on your behalf, but we are happy to talk with families applying for the first time with any questions you may have. We help where we can!
What if my child does not attend all regularly booked contract days? Do I still receive the benefit?
Fluctuations in your child’s contract or attendance do not have an effect on the childcare benefit; the government looks at the total average number of hours for the year. You still receive your normal benefit payments even for times when you are on vacation or your child is sick and does not attend childcare, for example.
No, you are not required to submit invoice to the Dutch government; they communicate directly with all childcare centres to confirm contracts, etc. Every once in a while the tax office may check in with you about hours booked and invoices paid to Teddy Kids. You can collect all invoices and relevant information from Zaycare whenever you need it.
Ask us! We might have advice or be able to point you in the right direction.