Compulsory schooling begins at the age of 4. Good news! Since September 2022, schoolchildren in basic education (nursery and primary sections) benefit from a partially free public service. In the same way as schools, services provided by childcare facilities such as halfway houses, day centres and parental assistants, as well as midday meals, are no longer charged for during school weeks. Of course, this free service only applies to state schools in Luxembourg. If you decide to enrol your child in a fee-paying private school, you'll need to budget a lot more!
That said, if your child is young or you don't yet have one, much can change between now and then. The extension of compulsory schooling until the age of 18 is due to be voted on soon, so it cannot be ruled out that free canteen meals during school weeks will also apply up to that age.
It remains to be seen whether this measure will have an impact on teenagers' budgets. Young 15 to 18 year-olds want to break away from certain organised activities and be free to make their own decisions in areas such as food, clothing and social life.