Childcare 0-6 years

All children in Denmark have the option of enrolment in a childcare centre. There are a variety of childcare options for children 0-6 years.

Danish Childcare


Childminding (dagpleje)
Like the nurseries, childminding is for children aged 0-3 years. The children are looked after in the childminder’s own home, where they engage in activities matching their needs, well-being and development. There can be up to 4 children besides the childminder’s own children.
 
Nurseries (Vuggestue)
Day nurseries/crèches receive children aged 0-3 years and employ qualified social educators and assistant social educators. At the nursery, your child’s development, well-being, play and learning will be supported and encouraged. The nurseries also have outdoor areas with swings, sandpits etc., and the children are regularly taken on excursions e.g. to the beach or the woods.
 
Kindergartens (børnehave)
A kindergarten is a daycare institution which cares for children from the age of 3 and until they start at elementary school. Qualified social educators and assistant social educators ensure that your child is offered a wide range of experiences and activities, and are prepared for school.
 
Some institutions, daycare centers, include both nurseries and kindergartens.
When you are offered a place, you are invited to visit the childminder or institution before making a decision.
 
Parental payment
According to state law, parents must not be charged more than 25-28% of the total cost of the child's care in the institution. The payment is typically within the range of DKK 940 – DKK 3525, depending on the age of the child, type of institution and how many hours per week you wish. This cost is also influenced by whether the institution offers meals.
 
Sign up
Fredericia Municipality has a ’care-guaranty’ which means you are guaranteed a place within three months after you have applied. 
The guaranty is different if you apply for care directly after the maternity or paternity leave or are newcomers to Fredericia Municipality. In this case you are guaranteed a place when the child turns 30 weeks, provided you have applied three months ahead.
You cannot apply before the child is born.

You will get offered a place no later than a week before you need it. If you decline the offered place you are only guaranteed a place three months later.
 
You sign up at Borger.dk with NemID.
 
Which care offer am I guaranteed
You will have the possibility to prioritize between different institutions and childminders. However, we cannot guarantee to match your whish exactly, as it depends on whether there are free places left at the desired institution or childminder.  In most cases we are able to match most whishes, but the care-guarantee only covers a place in the municipality, not a specific place.
 
When you sign up you have to choose between:
- Childminder or Nurseries/Kindergardens
- Different opening hours
- Different modules; 4,5,7 or 9½ hours per day
- The pedagogical profile of the institution
 
If you have any questions regarding childcare, please feel free to contact Department of Children and Youth by phone + 45 7210 7415 or the Municipality Service Center by phone + 45 7210 7000.

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