Living in Europe | Day care, schooling & family related issues | France

There are is certain number of public services in France designed to support families.


Foreign nationals legally residing in France with minor children are entitled to family benefits.

In order to receive family benefits, you must meet the following conditions in addition to the childcare and means-tested conditions that apply to certain benefits:

  • You and and the children for whom you are responsible must reside in France on a regular basis,
  • If you are a foreign national who is not not a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you must prove the validity of your residence in France and prove the validity of your children’s entry into France if they were born abroad.

The “Caisse d’allocations familiales” (CAF - the Family Branch of the French Social Security System) is the national organization that supports families in their day-to-day lives.


It can be used by families with at least 2 children or parents of children under 3 years. The conditions for eligibility are based on conformity of entry and stay of researchers and their families, the number of children and the level of their past and current earnings.


This allows researchers to get their children recognised by the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF) and to receive family benefits.


On the other hand, persons holding a Visa D mentioning « Dispense temporaire de Titre de séjour » (Temporary exemption from residence permit) will not be able to benefit from CAF family benefits.


The following services are available:

  • Monthly allowance for families with more than 2 children below the age of 20

  • A birth bonus for children born in France

  • Financial aid for childcare for young children

  • Price reductions for extra- curricular activities.


In order to receive this finacial help, the parents must carry out certain procedures with his or her Caisse d'allocations familiales (Family Benefits Office, CAF). Family benefits are paid on a monthly basis.


Try to make a simulation using the CAF simulation tool on its website (in French only) or/and contact your EURAXESS Centre for more advice.