A child benefit (‘kinderbijslag’) is available to parents living or working in the Netherlands with a child under 18 years of age. It is paid four times a year at the end of at the end of each quarter.
Children born in the Netherlands must be registered in the BRP with the local municipal authorities; an application form for child benefit will be issued automatically.
More information on the Dutch child benefit is available on the SVB website.
Parents who move to the Netherlands with children must apply for the child benefit. A local branch of the Dutch Social Insurance Information Center (Sociale Verzekeringsbank – SVB) will provide additional information. You can locate the nearest SVB center using your post code.
A family entitled to the Dutch child benefit may be able to continue receiving the benefit even if they move to another country. There are several factors that will influence the amount of the child benefit if the family moves to a country outside the EU. The Dutch government must have an existing social security agreement with the country. If not, the Dutch child benefit will not be paid (with the exception of Dutch government employees assigned to the country). If there is an established social security agreement, the child benefit amount will be influenced by the cost of living in that country and the exchange rate (child benefit payments are made in the local currency rather than euros).
More information about receiving the Dutch child benefit when the family or the child is residing outside the Netherlands can be found on the SVB website.