Child day care

In Germany, all children have a right to care in a child care facility (Kita) from their first birthday. The following care options are available:

  • Creche (Kinderkrippe) (one to three years old), 
  • Kindergarten (one to six years old, though sometimes only from three years old) or 
  • Care in small groups by an individual day care provider

At day care, your children come into contact with other children, find friends and learn the German language. Even if you are not currently working, you can place your child in a child day care facility. 

To place your child in a day care facility, in most states you are required to pay a fee

You can also get advice via chat or at an MBE (Migrationsberatung [Immigration counselling]) office. Family counselling agencies can also provide information about child day care.