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Kindergartens and child day care centres

It is particularly important for children who speak little or no German at home to attend kindergarten (Kiga) or a child day care centre (Kita).

By playing with other children, your child will learn German easily and build up a larger vocabulary. The number of years spent attending a kindergarten can be crucial for successfully learning German. The longer your child attends a German childcare facility, the better he or she will learn German. This will also make the transition to school easier. Most children in Germany start attending kindergarten when they are approximately three years old. Increasing numbers of kindergartens are however offering places to younger children.

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Find out as soon as possible about a place at a local kindergarten or child day care centre, and at the latest six months before your child is due to start attending.

Kindergartens and child day care centres are often very different. Find out about the facilities offered by the kindergartens and child day centres in your area before registering your child. You may find the following checklist helpful.

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  • How many children are in a kindergarten group?
  • How many nursery staff look after the children?
  • What are the opening hours of the facility?
  • What playing materials/toys do they have?
  • How are the premises equipped (inside and outside)?
  • Are there special programmes such as sport or music lessons and language support?
  • Does the facility follow a particular pedagogical concept (e.g. forest kindergarten, Waldorf kindergarten), or does it have a religious orientation?

There are various websites providing information about local child day care facilities. You will find an overview in the information box on the right-hand side of this page.

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You can obtain further information in your area from:

  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
  • the municipal, city or district administration (youth welfare offices)
  • family counselling services
  • child day-care facilities.
Date 17 December 2015

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