The basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.

Children who are entitled to the Growth Package or Child Benefit receive a basic monthly amount. This basic amount can be topped up with supplementary allowances or premiums. Your basic amount is based on a number of conditions and may vary per child.
What is the basic amount?

What is the basic amount?

The Basic Amount is the standard monthly payment that you receive for your children. The amount can vary per child. You may also receive supplementary allowances on top of your Basic Amount.

KidsLife automatically pays the highest basic amount applicable per child in Belgium.

The Basic Amount at a glance:

  • The Basic Amount is calculated according to the age of your child.
  • The amounts vary depending on the region in which you live or work.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may also receive an age allowance or other supplementary allowances on top of the basic amount. 
  • You receive the Basic Amount from  KidsLife automatically.

How much is the basic amount?

Your Child Benefit calculation is based on your child’s date of birth and the regional system under which your child falls (based on your child’s place of residence). So you don’t receive the same amount of Child Benefit everywhere in Belgium.

Does your child live abroad? In this case your employer’s location determines which region is responsible for your Child Benefit payments. If your children live in different regions, then you’ll also receive the Child Benefit that applies in those different regions.

Basic Amount in Flanders

As of 1 January 2019, Child Benefit became known as the Growth Package in Flanders.

The basic amount to which your child is entitled is based on when they were born.

Your basic amount may comprise:

  • Basic Amount only: for children born after 2019
  • Basic Amount + Supplementary Age Allowance: for children born prior to 2019

Basic Amount 

Basic amount per child per month

171,49 Euro

Only or youngest child

98,71 Euro

Second youngest child

182,64 Euro

Third youngest and each subsequent child

259,49 Euro

Voorbeeld

Ann and Peter have 3 children. Jan is the oldest, born on 1/02/2015. Piet was born on 5/12/2016 and Pol is the youngest, born on 11/12/2018.

Prior to 01/01/2019 Ann and Peter received: €98,71 for Jan, €182,64 for Piet and €259,49 for Pol.

Ann and Peter will retain these amounts from 01/01/2019 onwards, however the amounts will be inverted, and they will receive €259,49for Jan, €182,64 for Piet and €98,71 for Pol.

Supplementary Age Allowance

Children born prior to 2019 also receive a supplementary age allowance on top of the basic amount.

From 6 years

16,36 Euro

From 12 years

24,92 Euro

From 18 years

 28,72 Euro

From 6 years

32,63 Euro

From 12 years

49,86 Euro

From 18 years

63,40 Euro

Example

  • Yousra and Carl have 2 children: 15-year-old Elien and 13-year-old Joke. Each month they receive €182,64  + €24,92 for Elien and €98,71  + €49,86 for Joke
  • Sien and Mahmoud have 2 children: Sem is 14 years old and Nour is 7. Sien and Mahmoud are entitled to supplementary Child Benefit (social allowance) based on their income. In addition to the social allowance, they receive: €182,64  +€49,86 for Sem and €98,71  + €32,63 for Nour

 

Example: Bjorn’s dad dies on 26 January 2020 (Bjorn is 19 years old). Bjorn is entitled to the basic amount of €171,49 + the orphan’s allowance as of January 2020.

Example: A family moves to Flanders from abroad as of 1 October 2020. They received no Child Benefit payments abroad. They’re entitled to the new basic amounts of €[custom:vl_basisbedrag] per child as of October.

Example 2: Lien is 23 years old. She’s no longer entitled to Child Benefit since her graduation on 1 August 2017. However, she resumes her studies on 1 September 2019. Lien is entitled to the new basic amount of €[custom:vl_basisbedrag] as of September.

Children who are orphaned after 01/01/2019

* If you receive supplementary Child Benefit (e.g. a social allowance based on your income or your child’s medical condition), then your 1st child is also entitled to the same amounts of supplementary age allowance as your 2nd child.

The basic amount for children born prior to 01/01/2019 but who nevertheless receive the new Growth Package amounts

In some cases, children born prior to 01/01/2019 may still receive the new basic Growth Package amount of€171,49. 

Cases in which there was no entitlement to Child Benefit in Belgium on 31/12/2018.

Basic Amount in Brussels

The basic amount in Brussels is based on your child’s date of birth.

Brussels Child Benefit up to and including 2019  

The former Child Benefit system applied in Brussels up until 31/12/2019.

Brussels Child Benefit from 2020 onwards  

The new Brussels model commenced in 2020 and applies to all Brussels children, including those born prior to 1 January 2020. All children living in Brussels consequently receive the new Brussels system amounts as of 1 January 2020.

If the new model amounts are lower than the amounts you received via the former Brussels system, then you’ll retain the former system amounts for children born prior to 1 January 2020. As a consequence, you’ll never receive less Child Benefit in Brussels than you were entitled to at the end of 2019.

KidsLife compares the amounts of both systems on a monthly basis, and automatically applies the new system if this is more advantageous for your family.

Want to learn more about this photo amount? Our case studies make things a lot clearer

1st Child

110,05 Euro

2nd Child

203,62 Euro

3rd child

304,02 Euro 
Age Born after 2020 Born prior to 2020

0 to 11 years

172,31 euros per month 160,82 euros per month

12 to 17 years

183,79 euro per month 172,30 euro per month
18 to 24 years (no higher eduction) 183,79 euros per month 172,30 euros per month
18 tot 24 jaar (higher education) 195,28 euros per month 183,79 euros per month
Exeption: Families with 1 child and an income of more than 36.001,76 euros gross per year (regardless of age) 172,31 euros per month 160,82 euros per month

Basic Amount in Wallonia

The basic amount in Wallonia is based on your child’s date of birth.

Children born prior to 2020

Were your children born prior to 1 January 2020 and do they live in Wallonia? In that case the former Child Benefit amounts will continue to apply, potentially augmented by the new supplementary Child Benefit allowances.

Children born from 2020 onwards

Were your children born after 1 January 2020 and do they live in Wallonia? In that case you’ll receive the new Walloon system amounts that commenced on 1 January 2020.

View the payment amounts for children born from 2020 onwards

 

1st Child

110,05 Euro 

2nd child

203,62 Euro

3rd child

304,02 Euro

0 - 17 years

178,05 Euro

18 - 24 years

189,54 Euro

Were one or more of your children born prior to 1 January 2020 and one or more born after this date? Then your Child Benefit will comprise a combination of the old and new amounts.

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When will you receive your basic amount?

KidsLife ensures the accurate and punctual payment of your basic amount! We always pay at the start of the following month. What happens if our payment date falls on a weekend or public holiday? Then we pay on the previous working day.

If you’re entitled to backdated Child Benefit or Growth Package payments, then we’ll also pay these as quickly as possible. In addition to our regular monthly payments, we can also make additional deposits on a number of interim monthly payment dates.

Frequently asked questions

Child Benefit is always paid on the 8th of each month. If the 8th falls on a weekend, then we will pay it on the last working day prior to that weekend. Please check our payment calendar for the various payment dates. 
 

The maximum age for Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement is 25 years. From the age of 18 upwards, you must satisfy certain criteria in order to retain your Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement. No regular or automatic substitute applies once your entitlement to Child Benefit has ceased. If your child was entitled to a Care Allowance due to a specific support requirement, then they may be entitled to a Disability Allowance once their Child Benefit entitlement has ceased.  Please note that this is not an automatic entitlement. It must be requested and the application subsequently investigated.

Already receiving your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments from KidsLife? Or have only just applied? 
Our KidsLife advisers are at your service. You can reach them via

  1. Contact form: this instantly provides us with all your personal information and enables us to respond swiftly to your enquiry.
     
  2. By phone: our KidsLife advisers are happy to help you over the phone. Please have your National Register number to hand, to enable us to provide prompt assistance.
     
  3. My KidsLife: your online Child Benefit and Growth Package file is available 24/7. Want to report a change in your circumstances or download a certificate? You can do all this and more in your My KidsLife online file.  
     
  4. Your local KidsLife office: regardless where you live, you’ll always find a KidsLife office nearby. Locate an office near you here. In many cases, we can help you without necessitating a visit to our offices. 

And you can obviously refer to the answers in this extensive list of frequently asked questions from our customers. 

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Child Benefit in Belgium is composed of different premiums and allowances that you receive from the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund while raising your family. Aren't you receiving Child Benefit in Belgium yet? Our KidsLife adviser, Pierre, will help you get started in this video! Watch it here.