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Services and family subsidies in Luxembourg

Family subsidies in Luxembourg

Family allowances in Luxembourg ? In Luxembourg, home helps are differently paid according to your family and professional situation, the composition of your family, your place of residence,… Since the 1st of August 2016, the system has changed for the new residents.
The allowance demands must be made to the Caisse pour l’Avenir des Enfants (CAE).

You can also calculate the child benefit you are entitled to here.

Family subsidies

Birth allowance

Birth allowance is not automatic in Luxembourg. A border worker can not benefit from the birth allowance on behalf of the mother. In addition, the birth allowance can not be cumulated with a birth allowance paid in the country of residence.

The birth allowance is paid in 3 times under the following conditions:

  • Before the birth: the prenatal benefit is paid to the mother of the child when she is resident in Luxembourg or is affiliated to the Social Security at the time of the last of the 5 medical examinations or examination dental requirement.
  • At birth: the birth allowance is paid to the mother of the child on condition that the child is viable (22 weeks of gestation minimum), that the mother resides in Luxembourg or that she is affiliated to it at the moment birth and undergo a medical examination by a specialist in gynecology or obstetrics.
  • After the birth: this allowance is paid if the child has been continuously raised in Luxembourg since birth or if one of the two parents is working in Luxembourg or has been affiliated to it since the birth of the child until his or her 2 years. In addition, the child must have 6 examinations by a doctor until 2 years old.

For more information about the birth allowance, click on this link.

For more information about maternity and parental leave.

Welfare or allowances for the child’s future?

The welfare and the allowances for the child’s future are monthly financial services intended to help the households raise their children by compensating for the family loads, that is for the financial expenses linked to the child’s care and education.

The family allowance is paid until the child is 18 years old, provided that the child resides there continuously or that one of the parents works and is affiliated to the Luxembourg Social Security and that the child resides in a country of the European Union.

The allowance is extended until the child reaches 25 years of age if he or she is attending secondary school for at least 24 hours a week.

See Graduate Allowances. 

The system has changed on the 1st of August 2016. What can you claim according to your date of arrival in Luxembourg or your child’s date of birth?

The welfare is paid to all the resident families from which the child was born before the 1st of August 2016, settled in Luxembourg or which began to work in Luxembourg before this date.

Since August 1st, 2016, the allowance for the child’s future is paid to the children born at or after this date, or when the enquirer began to work or settled down in Luxembourg at this date or later.

For more information concerning this allowance, click here.

Back to school allowance

This allowance is annually paid before the schooled children aged 6 or more go back to school, and until the end of the secondary education or 25 years old at the latest.

Allowance for handicapped children

An additional allowance for handicapped children can be granted to you as a supplement to the welfare. More information here about this allocation.

Other family benefits

As a complement to the welfare detailed above, you can also benefit from supplementary fiscal advantages owing to children to support. See here fiscal bonuses.

Allowance for extra-curricular activities and childcare in Luxembourg

In-kind financial assistance from CSA Check-Service-Home

Do you have children under 12? Are your children welcomed by a day nursery, a day household, a halfway house within the framework of the fundamental school? You can benefit from Chèque-Service-Accueil. The Check-Service-Home is a financial assistance in kind paid by the Luxembourg State as part of the out-of-school care for children up to 12 years.

What is the CSA?

The financial support offered by the CSA or Chèque Service Accueil is intended for families with one or more children aged from 0 to 12, accommodated in nursery or day care, schooled in the basic education of Luxembourg. A child can benefit from this grant later than 12 years old, if he is still in the fundamental school system. The financial aid concerns not only the payment in kind of childminders but can also help fund extra-curricular activities with CSA service providers.

This subsidy offered by the state allows parents to benefit, depending on their income, 3 hours of free care per week in a child care structure and then reduced rates.

This help called Chaque Service Accueil is a financial assistance in kind, paid directly to the provider identified as “CSA provider”. This subsidy means concretely a reduction of the amount of the invoice to be paid by the parents at the end of the month.

The CSA is made to promote the integration of children into the Luxembourg system.

Amount of CSA financial assistance

The amount of financial assistance granted by the CSA is calculated according to the level of income of the parents, the number of children in the household benefiting from family allowances and the number of hours of non-formal education of which the child has benefited in the month of calculation.

How to benefit from the CSA Check-Service-Accueil?

To benefit from the CSA, the parents must reside in Luxembourg or at least one of the non-resident parents must work in Luxembourg as a national of the European Union (case of cross-border workers).

Just ask for a personalized membership card for each of your children from your local authority. Non-European residents wishing to benefit from the Chèque Service Accueil must apply to the Caisse for the Future of Children.

The card “myCard fir Kanner” is valid until the end of the fundamental school sytem even if the contract must be renewed annually. On registration on the parent.education.lu website, you will have access to many resources adapted for your child’s including plurilingual weeks if your child is between 1 and 4 years, as well as the consultation of the CSA invoices and monthly statements.

You can also benefit from CSA for some institutions providing musical activities, art clubs or sports associations for children up to 12 years. These suppliers must be identified as “Prestataire CSA”. Inquire when registering your children in these childcare facilities and leisure activities.