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Finished with the Groeipakket. Now what?

If you and your children live in Brussels, Wallonia or the German-speaking Community, you may be entitled to family allowance under the family allowance schemes in these regions.

Does your child attend a Dutch-speaking childcare facility or school in Flanders or Brussels? If you meet the conditions, you can receive Flemish participation allowances in addition to the family allowance from the relevant region.

The childcare allowance, preschooler allowance and school allowance are also granted automatically to children from the other regions. You can apply for the allowance yourself via a payment fund of your choice. This will make the allocation process faster.

Childcare allowance

Do you use Dutch-speaking childcare in Flanders or Brussels where the price is not based on your income? Then you can count on a childcare allowance of €3.29 euros per child, per day at childcare.

If you do not live in Flanders and do not have a Flemish payment fund, you will be contacted about this. You can also submit an application yourself to a payment fund of your choice. That's faster.

Preschooler allowance

Preschoolers aged three who are registered for Dutch-language education and preschoolers aged four who remain registered and attend school frequently enough receive €132.60 extra per year. This allowance is paid annually after the child’s third birthday and/or fourth birthday if this condition is met.

The amount is allocated automatically when you are entitled to it. If you live in a region other than Flanders, you can also submit an application yourself to a payment fund of your choice. That's faster.

School allowance

Children from the age of three who go to an education institute recognised, financed or subsidised by Flanders can count on an annual school allowance if their parents’ income (or that of the parent and his/her partner with whom the child is domiciled in the event of divorced parents) is limited and meets the income conditions.

The school allowance will be automatically allocated if you are entitled to it, you do not need to request this explicitly. If you live in another region and do not have a Flemish payment fund, you can apply for the school allowance yourself from 1 August before the school year in question starts. You can apply for the school allowance via a Groeipakket payment fund of your choice.

The study allowance for higher education remains unchanged and is still allocated by the Education Allowances Division of the Ministry of Education.