Childcare is given a high priority in Denmark and there’s certainly something for everyone, including nursery, private daycare and even forest nurseries. All children are guaranteed a spot in a public daycare facility, however, in some cases it can take up to two months to secure a spot. Childcare is financed partly by the family and partly by the municipality.
Daycare centers are usually open from 6:30 until 17:00 although this can vary.
Types of childcare
Nurseries are for children between six months and 2 years and 10 months old. A nursery looks after larger groups of children.
These are also for children ages six months to 2 years and 10 months old, and the child is cared for in a private home by a childcare provider employed by the municipality. A childcarer looks after 4 or 5 children.
You can also choose private childcare. The structure and everyday life here do not differ from a public childcare, as they’re all guided by the same set of rules and obligations. It is financed differently, and you sign up your child by contacting the childcare facility directly.
Kindergarten is for children between 2 years and 10 months and six years old.
Combined institution (integreret institution)
In a combined institution, the nursery and kindergarten are on the same location. This means that children between 0 and 6 attend the same facility, but are divided into groups according to their age and maturity.
Please note, that both you and your child must have CPR-numbers to apply for childcare.
The information in the links below is in Danish, so if there’s something you don’t understand, grab a friend to help you translate or contact the settlement team on firstname.lastname@example.org.