Find the right childcare option for your family
Childcare is given a high priority in Denmark. All children are guaranteed a spot in a daycare institution. However, 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 are usually open from 6:30 until 17:00 although this can vary.
TYPES OF CHILDCARE
Nurseries (Vuggestue) are for children between six months and 2 years and 10 months old. A nursery looks after larger groups of children.
Childminder (Dagplejer) are also for children between six month and 2 years and 10 months old and the child is cared for in a private home by a childcare provider, who is hired by the municipality. A childminder looks after 4 or 5 children.
Kindergarten (Børnehave) is for children between 2 years and 10 months and six years old.
Combined nursery and kindergarten (Integreret institution)
In a combined institution (integreret institution) the nursery (vuggestue) and kindergarten (børnehave) is found on the same location. This means that the children between 0 and 6 years of age attend the same institution but are divided in groups according to their age and maturity.
Your child can also attend a private childcare institution. A private daycare may be a childminder (dagpleje) where your child is cared for in a private home by a childminder who is approved by the municipality. It can also be a private nursery (vuggestue (nursery) or a private børnehave (kindergarten) or a combination of the two.
HOW TO APPLY
You apply for a referral to a nursery, childminder or kindergarten online at the City of Odense's website (in Danish). Please note, that you and your child need to have CPR numbers in order to apply for childcare. Please contact our Newcomer Service if you need help with filling out the application.
In Odense, the municipality offers guaranteed childcare. The childminding guarantee ensures that your child will receive a place within 2 months of signing up on the guarantee list.
If you wish for your child to attend a private daycare, you need to contact the institution directly. Private daycares administer their own waiting lists and have their own criteria for admission. Therefore, the municipality cannot allocate a place in a private daycare.
COST OF CHILDCARE SERVICES
Prices for private childcare institutions are individual. As of 2021, the monthly rates for public childcare institutions are:
- Childminder (Dagpleje): 2 886 DKK
- Nursery (Vuggestue): 3 297 DKK
- Kindergarten (Børnehave): 1 954 DKK
- Lunch scheme (Frokostordning) only in institutions with lunch scheme: 624 DKK
Sibling discounts are offered. You pay for public childcare services 11 out of 12 months a year (the month of July is free, due to summer holidays).
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