Learn which options of daycare are offered in this region and make the best decision for your family.
Sending your child to the first day at daycare, making a change of institution for your child when he/she is already used to one and even taking the big step of entering school are all big deals even when living in your own home country. Reason why we understand things can get more complicated when trying to do all of this while living in Denmark.
But do not worry, once you get acquainted with the different options there are, you’ll realize how extraordinary these first years of your child’s education will be here.
In Denmark you will find the following options for the daily care of your children from ages 0 to 6 years old. In case, your’s are older, please take a look at the school options here.
The options for those in this group of age:
These nurseries are institutions where children from ages 0 to 2 years and 11 months are taken care of by professional educators as well as other assistants. The number of children and the rate of adult-children varies from institution to institution, however it could be said there is an average of 12 children per class and a rate of 1:3 or 1:4.
Some of these institutions offer meals for the children, while others require parents to send lunch boxes on a daily basis. The prices will depend on these variables.
If you are planning a long stay in Denmark, it could be a good idea to consider those that are categorized as integrated institutions, which means they are vuggestue that share the same ‘house’ with a børnehave. This arrangement allows the children to move forward in the system with no additional changes to other institutions.
Denmark offers a great variety of kindergardens for children between 3 and 6 years old (more specifically until the 1st of August before they enter school).
Among some of the different types of kindergardens that are offered you will find ones focused in nature (or the so called ‘forest’ kindergardens), sports, special needs and even an international one. Most of these institutions will be always characterized by the high amount of time the children spend playing outdoors.
The food policy and the option for integrated institutions is the same as listed in the vuggestue section.
This type of care-taking offered in Denmark involves a single ‘dagplejemor’ (caretaker mother) who will have under her care an average of 3 to 5 children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years of age. In some cases, children can be up to 6 years old.
The locations of this daycare option is at the own house of the dagplejemor you choose. Usually first-floor house/apartment with access to a garden where children can play.
This is an option specially chosen if you look for individualized attention for your child/ren. Although many of these homes can be chosen privately, this childcare option undergoes the same rules that apply for the other two, with regards to waiting time, location and guarantee of place.
- All children in the Aarhus municipality are guaranteed a place in a daycare institution from the moment they turn 26 weeks of age (6 months old) and until they enter the school system.
- In order to use this guarantee policy, parents must sign their children up through the online system no later than 3 months in advance from the time they want to begin using the services.
- The municipality will do its best to assign your child to your preferred institution, but be aware that some areas and institutions might have some waiting lists, reason why you will be assigned the one closest to your residency/working area.
- Many of these institutions have very individual policies regarding different issues such as foods allowed, sleeping matters and picking-and-dropping schedules. Be sure to check/ask each of your interested institutions about them, so you avoid inconveniences once you have accepted the placement.
- You can request an economic assistance from the municipality to pay the rates of childcare. Read the guides and application forms in the Related Links tab.
Aarhus Municipality Childcare