Last update 04.09.2023
Childminding (parental assistance - assistance parentale) consists of regular and paid care during day or night of children:
This activity is deemed to be a provision of services that you provide from your home under self-employed status.
The maximum number of children you can care for simultaneously in the context of your childminding activity is limited to 5. If there are several childminders working in the same home, the 5-child limit still applies. You may not accommodate more than 2 children under the age of 2. Any children of your own under the age of 2 are taken into account in this calculation.
The rights and obligations of the parties must be set out in an education and care services contract. The total number of children who may be the subject of one or more education and care services contracts is limited to 12 per childminder.
Childminders who wish to sign up for the childcare service voucher scheme (chèque-service accueil - CSA) must apply for recognition as a Childcare Service Voucher provider with the Education and Care Department (Service d’Education et d’Accueil) at the Ministry for Education, Children and Youth.
As a Childcare Service Voucher service provider, you are responsible for implementing the public service mission with the objective to strengthen social cohesion by offering equal opportunities to all children.
Anyone who is interested in looking after children in their home.
To obtain accreditation as a childminder, you must meet the following conditions:
You, your substitute and any adult or minor aged 16 and over living in your household must not have been convicted of any criminal offence incompatible with the activity as a childminder. Your children and those of your substitute must not have been the subject of an educational assistance or placement measure.
If you have:
you must complete the basic training in parental assistance within 3 years of obtaining accreditation.
The facilities used must comply with the minimum criteria on health and safety. A guide to these criteria is available.
If you want to become a service provider under the Childcare Service Voucher (chèque-service accueil - CSA) scheme, you must meet the following conditions:
Before applying for accreditation, anyone interested in parental assistance must attend an information session organised by the Dageselteren agency.
The agency provides training, guidance and information on childminding in a family environment, aimed at:
Applications for accreditation must be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. The form is available under 'Forms / Online services' below.
An initial selection is made on the basis of the administrative file. If the conditions are met, you will receive an invitation to the preliminary training course. All applicants must have completed the preliminary training designed to prepare them for organising and carrying out the activity of childminders (parental assistants).
A site visit will be organised before accreditation is granted.
Should you wish to be recognised as a CSA service provider, a specific application must be submitted (see below).
Parental assistance involves activities which vary depending on the child's age and needs:
In the absence of parents, you must:
The children's interests must be your priority in all your actions in connection with your activity as parental assistant.
You may be temporarily replaced for the care of the children entrusted to you, at your home, by one or 2 people engaged under an education and care services contract.
Your substitute and yourself must, at all times, comply with the maximum allowable capacity of 5 children.
The substitute may not work more than 200 hours in a year, or 8 hours a week.
You may therefore appoint one or 2 persons of trust who can serve as your 'substitute'. You must:
Please note: substitutes must be approved by the Ministry before they can start work.
As the parents are required to formally give their consent, you must identify your substitute(s) in the education and care services contract for each child registered in your care.
If you have an accreditation under the old provisions (accreditation granted before 4 September 2023) and if you do not meet the new language requirements, there will be a 3-year transitional phase to enable you to comply with the new provisions.
However, if you can prove that you have attended a Luxembourg school for 7 years, you are exempt from this new provision.
The certificate confirming B2 language level in 1 of the country's 3 official languages must be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth no later than 4 September 2026. This also applies to the proof that you have attended a school for 7 years in the Luxembourg school system.
You must file an application for State aid – childcare service vouchers as a parental assistant (see 'Forms / Online services') – with the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, along with the following documents:
All documents must be sent to the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth.
The business plan must conform to the national reference framework for 'Non-formal education of children and young people'.
As a CSA provider, you must describe the educational methods, priorities and resources used to achieve the objectives set out in the national reference framework.
Guidelines on how to write up a business plan are available at enfancejeunesse.lu.
The business plan is drafted for a period of 3 years. The National Youth Service analyses the business plan and the Minister of Education, Children and Youth validates it.
The pedagogical project is an integral part of the business plan and must be consistent with the public service mission.
The purpose of that mission is to:
The pedagogical project describes the objectives you have set yourself in order to fulfil the public service mission.
The State can award you a one-time, non-recurring subsidy to help you acquire the equipment and materials you need for your activity. This one-time subsidy has a maximum amount of EUR 3,000.
The subsidy will only be awarded if you meet the following conditions:
The completed and signed subsidy application form (see 'Forms / Online services') should be sent to the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth and must include the following documents and information:
In case of an incomplete application, you will be informed of the need to provide additional documents within one month of the reception of this information. If you fail to provide this information by the deadline, your application for the subsidy will be automatically rejected.
The subsidy is subject to repayment if you cease your activity within 3 years of the date of the decision to award the subsidy.
Demande d’agrément pour l’exercice de l’activité d’assistance parentale et de reconnaissance comme prestataire du CSA