Childcare benefit

With the childcare benefit, you’ll receive financial support during the intensive phase of caring for your small child.

The Childcare Benefit Act (Kinderbetreuungsgeldgesetz) offers you a choice of two systems:

With the childcare benefit as flat-rate payment (four types), the parent’s benefit is recognised and paid in part. Parents receive the flat-rate childcare benefit irrespective of whether they worked prior to the child’s birth.

The income-dependent childcare benefit has the main function of enabling those parents who wish to stop working for only a short time and have a higher income to receive an income subsidy during this period.

You can obtain more information about the childcare benefit and a downloadable brochure on the home page of the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth.