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It is important for children to attend a child daycare centre because the carers there can nurture their development to the highest level possible. In addition, children will learn German there before starting school. The carers at child day care centres also advise parents as to how they can support their children.

There are many options for childcare in Germany, in particular:

  • For the under-3s:

    • toddler groups,
    • male and female childminders,
    • playgroups,
    • crèches,
    • kindergartens for mixed-age groups.
  • From 3 years to starting school:

    • kindergartens,
    • other types of pre-school institution that prepare children for school; child day care centres,
    • male and female childminders.

  • From school age:

    • all-day school
    • day nursery
    • supervised homework clubs.

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You must register your children in good time for these childcare programmes. Sometimes places are in short supply due to high levels of demand. The best thing to do is to enquire as soon as possible about vacancies. It might even make sense to make these enquiries during pregnancy.

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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 town, municipal and district administration (youth welfare offices),
  • family counselling offices,
  • child daycare facilities.
Date 17 December 2015

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