The purpose of this measure is to assist parents in achieving work-life balance and to strengthen the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.

A grandparent may qualify for child care benefit (GYED) under the following conditions:

  • The grandparent was insured for 365 days within the two years preceding the birth of the child.
  • Both parents (or the sole parent caring for the child in the case of a single parent) are engaged in gainful activities.
  • The child is cared for and raised in the household of the parent(s).
  • The child's parents provide written consent for the grandparent to claim child care benefit.
  • The grandparent cannot work during the period of child care benefit, unless the work is exclusively performed in their own home.
  • The grandparent does not receive old-age pension benefits or similar social security benefits.
  • The child does not receive day-care services in an institutional setting.
  • No other caregiver receives child care allowance for the child, and the parents are not eligible for childcare benefits (CSED, GYED, GYES) for another child.
  • At least one parent meets the eligibility criteria for child care benefit under general rules.

Child care benefit is payable to the grandparent from the end of receiving infant care benefit (maternity leave) or its equivalent period until the child reaches 2 years of age, or in the case of twins, until they reach 3 years of age.

The amount of child care benefit (GYED) is calculated as 70% of the daily calendar base determined on the basis of the grandparent's income, but no more than 70% of twice the current minimum wage per month, which in 2024 is gross 373,520 HUF.

While receiving child care benefit, the grandparent cannot work, unless the work is exclusively performed in their own home. The period during which the benefit is paid counts as service time for pension purposes.