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Childcare in Denmark

Childcare is given a high priority in Denmark. All children are guaranteed a spot in a daycare institution, although it can take up to two months for a spot to be secured. Childcare is financed partly by the family, and partly by the municipality.  


Daycare centres in Denmark are run by the municipality and employ professional staff. Nurseries (Vuggestue) are for children between six months and three years old.
Daycare (Dagpleje) is also for children between six month and 3 years old and the child is cared for in a private home by a childcare provider, who is hired by the municipality.
Kindergarten (Børnehave) is for children between three and six years old. A number of schools also offer after school programmes (Fritidsordning/SFO) for children between the ages of six and 10. Contact your child’s school to find out more about the programmes they offer.


Daycare centres are usually open from 6:30 until 17:00, although this can vary.

Private daycare providers

It is also possible to put your child in private daycare (privat dagpleje). In this instance your child is cared for in a private home by a child care provider who is approved by the municipality. If the childcare provider is self-employed, then you are required to pay the daycare provider in full by the end of every month. The municipality will then provide you with a supplement, which is paid directly into your easy account (nemkonto). The maximum supplement offered by Odense municipality is approximately 4 740 DKK a month (from when your child is 24 weeks old until your child is two years and nine months old). More information can be found on the City of Odense's website (in Danish).

You can find a list of private daycares in Odense here (in Danish).

Childcare with a focus on international children

The private daycare BC Trekanten has a special focus on international children. Please be aware, that BC Trekanten currently has a long waiting list.

Childcare in Odense
In Odense, the municipality offers guaranteed childcare. You apply for a referral to a nursery, daycare, or kindergarten online at the City of Odense's website (in Danish).

Have a look at a map of daycare institutions in Odense here.
Find detailed information about public daycare in private homes (dagpleje) in Odense here.

As of 2017, the monthly rate for childcare is:

Type of daycare


Public daycare (in private homes)

2 587 DKK / 348 €

Nursery (Vuggestue) 0-3 years

0-2 years and 9 months:
    3 066 DKK / 412 € 
2 years and 10 months:
    1 792 DKK / 241 €

Kindergarten (Børnehave) 3-6 years 


1 792 DKK / 241 €

After school (Fritidsordning/SFO)

07-08 o'clock: 
   376 DKK / 51 €
14-16:45 o'clock: 
   1 736 DKK / 233 €
07-16:45 o'clock: 
   2 112 DKK / 284 €

Sibling discounts are offered. Prices for private daycare are individual.