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Like childcare in a daycare centre, home childcare helps parents reconcile their professional and family life.
There are several types of home childcare that can help parents by providing adequate childcare.
Who is concernedAny parent can take advantage of home childcare, regardless of their nationality or their place of residence.
How to proceed
Any person in charge of children in the home of the child is considered a babysitter, generally for a short time, for pay. Their role is to ensure the child's wellbeing while the parents are absent.
Parents who hire a minor as a 'babysitter' must make sure that the babysitter's parents are aware of the situation. It is also advisable to make sure the 'babysitter' has civil liability insurance. Any person older than 15 can ask for pay as a babysitter; the law does not, in principle, stipulate paid employability of persons less than 15 years of age.
Parents looking for a 'babysitter' may contact:
- Family and Popular Action (Action familiale et populaire – AFP-Services), for the list of babysitters with babysitter training;
- the communal administration of the place of residence. Some communes have a list of young people available for babysitting near where they live.
They may also visit the website 'babysitting.lu', which offers a forum where parents and young approved babysitters can meet. The project is coordinated by the Dageselteren Agency of the Arcus Association (Agence Dageselteren de l’association arcus) (for the coordination of partners) and the National Youth Service (Service national de la jeunesse) (for the technical aspect). The project has 18 partners, including youth houses, communal services and associations.
Employees working in childcare
The child may be taken care of by an employed domestic worker. It then is important to establish the arrangements with that person, setting them out in an employment contract with: the working hours, nature of the work, method of payment, paid holidays, etc. Moreover, the employee must be registered with the Common Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la sécurité sociale - CCSS) using the hiring declaration form according to the so-called simplified procedure applicable when someone is hired:
- for household help;
- for childcare;
- for giving care and assistance to a dependent person.
The simplified procedure involves completing only a single declaration for the salary paid and sending it to the CCSS, which is in charge of registering the worker for social security and receiving social contributions and withholding tax. The employee thus registered is covered by social insurance: they are protected in the case of illness, maternity and occupational accident and they will pay contributions towards their old-age pension.
Childcare for sick children
On request, the 'Krank Kanner Doheem' service takes charge of a sick child at their home while the parents continue working. The service sends a worker to home who takes care of the child. It is necessary to be registered in the database of the service using the registration form. Any person raising their child alone receives priority treatment.
Net household revenue serves as the basis for calculating the participation in the fees for childcare provided by the 'Krank Kanner Doheem' service.