Chèque-Service Accueil (childcare voucher system): rates for services

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Rates for services eligible for the childcare voucher system (chèque-service accueil - CSA) vary depending on the category of recipient and the latter’s household income, the number of hours of childcare provided for the child and the child’s position in the sibling order.

Parental contribution to childcare costs

The parental contribution to childcare costs is determined on the basis of household income, for each week, and depending on the number of service hours provided.

Each month, parents receive a statement of the childcare services provided for each of their children.

Government funding is limited to the coverage of an hourly rate less than or equal to EUR 7.50 invoiced by a contracted childcare facility or provider.

In the case of a non-contracted for-profit facility (non-contracted daycare centres and day nurseries), government funding is limited to EUR 6.00 per hour invoiced as educational and childcare services of a commercial nature.

In the case of childminders, government funding is limited to EUR 3.50 per hour.

If the services are invoiced at a higher rate, the difference is paid by the parents. Furthermore, any weekly hour credits cannot be carried forward from one week to the next.

If the parents do not specify their income, the maximum rate is applied.

Children from households with income that is less than 3.5 times the social minimum wage

Free childcare

CSA rate

Socio-familial rate

Full rate

0-3 hours/week

4-24 hours/week

(maximum of EUR 2.50/hour)*

25-60 hours/week

(maximum of EUR 4.50/hour)*

> 60 hours/week

(*The rate charged to parents varies for each child depending on the household’s income and the child’s position in the sibling order. For example, childcare services for a 4th sibling are free of charge.) 

Parents are entitled to:

  • 3 hours of educational childcare per week, free of charge (at drop-in centres, daycare centres, day nurseries, etc.), 21 hours at the CSA rate and 36 hours at the socio-familial rate; or
  • a 20 % discount on the tuition fee for socio-familial boarding schools; or
  • a discount on the tuition fee for music schools operated by communes, and for sports academies and/or informal training institutions operated by non-profit organisations and officially recognised for this purpose by the competent ministry.

CSA rate

This rate applies to weekly childcare usage (excluding meals) of between 4 and 24 hours (or, in some exceptional cases, between 4 and 30 or 35 hours).

The parental contribution is a maximum of EUR 2.50 per hour and varies depending on the household’s income, the child’s position in the sibling order, whether or not the child is in school and the type of childcare facility or provider (contracted / non-contracted, or childminders).

Socio-familial rate

This rate applies to weekly childcare usage (excluding meals) of between 25 and 60 hours.

The parental contribution is a maximum of EUR 4.50 per hour (or the provider’s actual rate) and varies depending on the household’s income, the child’s position in the sibling order, whether or not the child is in school and the type of childcare facility or provider (contracted / non-contracted, or childminders).

Full rate

For weekly childcare usage exceeding 60 hours, a parental contribution of no more than EUR 7.50 per hour is invoiced, regardless of the household’s income and the child’s position in the sibling order, but varies depending on whether or not the child is in school and the type of childcare facility or provider (contracted / non-contracted, or childminders). 

Holiday rate (valid for drop-in centres)

During the school holidays, the parents’ weekly financial contribution is calculated using the most advantageous formula for them:

  • the CSA rate and the socio-familial rate; or
  • a fixed rate per week of attendance of EUR 100 (not including main meals).

Price of the main meal

Depending on the recipient’s household income, the price of the main meal is between EUR 0.50 and EUR 2.00 per main meal consumed.

Guaranteed minimum wage (revenu minimum garanti - RMG) recipients and other children at risk of poverty

Free childcare

CSA rate

Socio-familial rate

Full rate

0-25 hours/week

26-60 hours/week

(maximum of EUR 0.50/hour)*

NA

> 60 hours/week

(*The rate charged to parents varies for each child depending on the household’s income and the child’s position in the sibling order. For example, childcare services for a 4th sibling are free of charge.) 

Exemption from payment or reduced tuition

Parents are entitled to:

  • 25 hours of educational childcare per week, free of charge (at drop-in centres, daycare centres, day nurseries, etc.); or
  • a 50 % discount on the tuition fee for socio-familial boarding schools.

CSA rate

This rate applies to weekly childcare use (including the main meal) of between 26 and 60 hours.

The parental contribution is a maximum of EUR 0.50 per hour and varies depending on the child’s position in the sibling order.

The main meal is free of charge.

Full rate

For weekly childcare usage exceeding 60 hours, a parental contribution of no more than EUR 7.50 per hour is invoiced, regardless of the household’s income and the child’s position in the sibling order, but varies depending on whether or not the child is in school and the type of childcare facility or provider (contracted / non-contracted, or childminders). 

Holiday rate

During the summer holidays, for 4 weeks, parents are entitled to:

  • per week, 25 hours of educational childcare free of charge, and 35 hours of educational childcare at the CSA rate; or
  • free enrolment in one or more holiday activities, over a maximum of 4 weeks; or
  • a combination of both benefits over a total period of no more than 4 weeks.

Children from households with income that is more than 3.5 times the social minimum wage

Free childcare

CSA rate

Socio-familial rate

Full rate

NA

0-24 hours/week

(maximum of EUR 4.00/hour)*

25-60 hours/week

(maximum of EUR 7.50/hour)*

> 60 hours/week

(*The rate charged to parents varies for each child depending on the household’s income and the child’s position in the sibling order. For example, childcare services for a 4th sibling are free of charge.) 

Parents are entitled to:

  • 24 hours of educational childcare per week, free of charge (at drop-in centres, daycare centres, day nurseries, etc.) at the CSA rate; or
  • a 20 % discount on the tuition fee for socio-familial boarding schools.

CSA rate

This rate applies to weekly childcare usage (excluding meals) of between 0 and 24 hours.

The parental contribution is a maximum of EUR 4.50 per hour and varies depending on the type of childcare facility or provider (contracted, non-contracted, or childminders).

Socio-familial rate

This rate applies to weekly childcare usage (excluding meals) of between 25 and 60 hours.

The parental contribution is a maximum of EUR 7.50 per hour (or the provider’s actual rate) and varies depending on the household’s income, the child’s position in the sibling order, whether or not the child is in school and the type of childcare facility or provider (contracted / non-contracted, or childminders).

Full rate

For weekly childcare usage exceeding 60 hours, a parental contribution of no more than EUR 7.50 per hour is invoiced, regardless of the household’s income and the child’s position in the sibling order, but varies depending on whether or not the child is in school and the type of childcare facility or provider (contracted / non-contracted, or childminders). 

Holiday rate (valid for drop-in centres)

During the school holidays, the parents’ weekly financial contribution is calculated using the most advantageous formula for them:

  • the CSA rate and the socio-familial rate; or
  • or a fixed rate per week of attendance of EUR 100 (main meals not included).

Price of the main meal

Depending on the recipient’s household income, the price of the main meal is between EUR 2.00 and EUR 4.50 per main meal consumed.

For further information, contact the Help Desk toll free on 8002-1112 (individuals), or on 8002-1113 (communal administration offices and childcare facilities) from 1.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., or by sending an email to helpdesk@chequeservice.lu.

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