The early support of children in daycare makes an important contribution to equal opportunities. There, children can establish contacts with their peers and benefit from age-appropriate educational offers. Educators support and accompany them in this. With a wide range of offers, activities and different educational concepts, they promote the social, emotional, physical and mental development of the child comprehensively and individually.

Kita: A Place For Your Children

The word daycare center ( Kita for short ) is a collective term under which various forms of childcare are summarized. In day-care centers, your children are supported and encouraged by the teachers of the respective facilities all day or part of the day. Because there are many educational approaches, the concepts of care often differ from daycare center to daycare center. Children from zero to three years of age are often cared for in a daycare center in the crèche. But there are also day-care centers that offer groups of different ages. You can personally obtain information from the respective facilities and find out which concept suits you and your child.

Kita: A Place For Your Children

In Germany’s day nurseries, your children between the ages of 0 and 3 can play with their peers. Because younger children need more attention, they are looked after in smaller groups by trained educators. The specialists playfully accompany your children in the first learning steps. Age-appropriate meals, sleep breaks and playing outdoors are also on the program. When you bring your daughter or son in the morning and pick them up later, you can usually agree flexibly. The prices of day nurseries vary widely and depend in part on the parents’ income. The availability of places strongly depends on the region in Germany.

Day Care: Flexible And Intensive Care

Daycare is a special form of care. It offers flexible, family-oriented and individual care by a permanent caregiver – children under three years of age in particular benefit from this. These caregivers are also referred to as ” day parents “. Depending on the agreement, your children will be looked after in the household of the child minders, at your home or in other rooms. In some federal states, several child minders can join forces and look after more than five children together. Usually, this is referred to as “large day care”. Contact and exchange with people of the same age are also possible here.

Kindergarten: Care For Children From 3 To 7 Years

Kindergarten – you may have heard that before, because: The German word is also used in the English language. In Germany, kindergartens look after children between the ages of 3 and 7. Kindergarten usually starts in the morning and ends – depending on the kindergarten and your own decision – at noon or in the afternoon. In addition to lots of games and romping around, the curiosity of the youngest should also be satisfied here. This is why the children learn something about nature and technology, for example with small experiments and playful lessons, or they train their thinking and language skills. There are also bilingual kindergartens in Germany. Most offer English as a second language, followed by French and Danish. As with day nurseries, prices vary widely.

With the so-called Good Day Care Act, uniform regulations have been created in Germany since August 1, 2019. Since then, not only families who receive social benefits, but also families with low incomes have been exempted from parental contributions. The strong family chequebook and an information brochure for advising families with low incomes give a quick overview of the state support families can rely on.

Legal Right To Childcare

Since August 1, 2013, children from the age of one have a legal right to care and support in a daycare center, from a childminder or a childcare provider. This entitlement is independent of whether the parents are gainfully employed or not. This is recorded in the Child Promotion Act (KiföG). Children over three years of age have an unrestricted right to support in a daycare center until they start school.

How To Find The Right Support

Step 1 – Search: Start on the Internet: The city and local government websites usually offer a good overview. The relevant youth welfare office will provide you with information on all aspects of child daycare. Here you can find out what kind of care is available for your child and what costs are involved. Alternatively, there are also internet portals by and for families. There you can search for offers on-site and exchange tips with other parents.

Step 2 – Selection: You can search for contacts in your area via the family portal. Visit the various local councils and institutions to find out about childcare options. Make an appointment to get to know the educators and the concepts of the respective facility in a personal conversation. Most institutions also offer introductory rounds for parents and their children. Or you ask your new neighbors, acquaintances, or colleagues whether they can particularly recommend an institution to you.

Step 3 – Registration: As soon as you have found a suitable facility, you can register your child for a childcare place. Childcare places are scarce in many places. There are registration deadlines and waiting times for many institutions. You should therefore register in good time. Since the conditions of the procedures often differ from place to place, it is advisable to contact several institutions at the same time. The local youth welfare office also provides information on this.

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