Chèques-Services (childcare service vouchers) are valid in a variety of types of childcare facilities that have contracts with the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse – MEN) or have signed a cooperation agreement with the ministry.
There are three categories of socio-educational facilities:
- State-approved facilities;
- commercial facilities;
- parental assistants.
All of these structures must have a licence granted based on professional integrity and certification of personnel and infrastructure issued by the MEN.
In practice, these structures are:
- drop-in centres;
- crèches (including private/non-registered crèches and company crèches, if they have signed a cooperation agreement with the MEN);
- daycare centres (for school-age children);
- day nurseries (spontaneous short-term care);
- residential schools for children who are still in primary education.
Other Chèque-Service Accueil services
Other types of childfcare facilities/organisations accept chèques-services.
During the week and during the school year, residential schools offer socio-pedagogical care day and night for primary pupils.
With chèques-services, parents can receive a 20-50 % discount on the price of enrolment in a residential school, so the tuition is set by contract.
Service providers include:
Internat Ste Marie
65, avenue de la Faïencerie
Tel.: +352 224939
Internat privé Ste Elisabeth
1A, rue du Cimetière
Tel.: +352 99 74 07-1
Services for people with disabilities
Services for persons with disabilities recognised as Chèque-Service Accueil providers offer temporary socio-pedagogical support during the day and/or night. The children that the services support receive all of the benefits provided by the Chèque-Service Accueil.
Service providers include:
APEMH Hébergement et Services asbl
For children living in households that receive the guaranteed minimum income and children at risk of poverty, the Chèque-Service Accueil scheme offers them the possibility of participating in one or more holiday activities free of charge.
The following are recognised as holiday activities:
- initiatives developed by contracted public or private providers;
- initiatives developed by non-contracted private providers, provided that they pursue socio-educational objectives recognised by the MEN, operate on a non-profit basis and employ volunteers.
This includes holiday activities organised by the National Youth Service, Caritas, the Luxembourg Red Cross (Croix-Rouge luxembourgeoise), Foyer de la femme, the Scout and Guides Movements, etc.
In the field of sports training of the voluntary sector, the group of providers is limited to associations and clubs approved by the Ministry of Sport.
Only children from households with income that is less than 3.5 times, the social minimum wage may register.
As far as sporting activities are concerned, the Chèque-Service Accueil benefit goes not to the parents but to the sports organisation that promises to uses the funds generated for children's sporting activities.
However, parents (or legal guardians) must register their child with the Chèque-Service Accueil scheme in their home commune by selecting the 'daycare' category. When registering for the sports organisation, the parents specify to the provider that their child is joining the CSA scheme.
The maximum amount of the state contribution is EUR 405 per school year, which is equivalent to 36 weeks of sports training per year. The same child may be registered in several clubs simultaneously, but the amount of the contribution will be no more than EUR 810.
The State's contribution is paid to sports organisations at the end of the school year.
Admission to a sports association may be combined with contribution to the weekly educational expenses for a drop-in centre, daycare centre or crèche or for a parental assistant (except for residential schools). Free hours used in an educational environment are counted first and deducted from the calculation of the state's contribution to the registration fees for the sporting club.