Landungsbrücken

Day care for children (Kita), change in current case

Since 1.8.2013 there has been a legal right to care in a day care center. The entitlement exists for up to 5 hours a day with lunch. In addition, there is a legal right to care for up to 12 hours a day in Hamburg under certain...

Since 1.8.2013 there has been a legal right to care in a day care center. The entitlement exists for up to 5 hours a day with lunch. In addition, there is a legal right to care for up to 12 hours a day in Hamburg under certain conditions.

A daycare voucher must be applied for for these services. The day care center can thus be freely chosen.

An ongoing case is when a child makes use of care and changes occur during the approval period (see also requirements).

Important notes

Prerequisites

Basically:
  • Child registered with main residence in Hamburg
  • Child from the age of 1 up to pre-school class or up to school enrollment if no pre-school class is used.

as well as a change during an approved period, for example through:

  • Change of daycare
  • Change of care times
    (An increase in hours is only granted from the day the application is received, not retrospectively)
  • Termination of care
  • Change in family size
  • Family move
  • Changes in income

In addition, in the case of day care of more than 5 to a maximum of 12 hours a day and / or for children under 1 year of age, one of the following requirements, for example:

  • Employment
  • training
  • continuing Professional Education
  • Measure for integration in work (Hartz IV)
  • German language courses for migrants
  • Integration courses
  • for urgent social or educational needs

(usually applies to all adults registered in the household)

Documents required

Completed change notification for childcare as well as

when changing daycare:
Copy of the Kita’s confirmation of termination

Reduction of the number of hours:
Copy of the change notice from the daycare center

If there is a change in the need for care (upwards for more than 5 hours a day):
Proof of requirements showing the new daily working time or course time (from / to), for example:

  • Copy of the new employment contract or training contract or
  • Certificate from the employer (only if the new daily working time is not specified in the employment / training contract) or
  • Proof of integration measure or
  • Proof of attending language courses, integration courses

when changing employer or starting work (e.g. after parental leave):
new employment contract

in the event of changes in income:
Completed questionnaire on the economic situation (see link) with the corresponding documents (see link Child day care and day care, proof of income for new applications and follow-up applications)

Please note

If you switch from child day care to child day care, a new application must be submitted (see link child day care, new application).

Transitional regulations:
If you become unemployed, but only in the case of contracts that are limited or unlimited for at least six months, an approved benefit that may go beyond the applicable legal entitlement can be approved for a further year. After that, there is only a nationwide legal right.

If another child is born during parental leave, the benefit approved for the older child or children, which may go beyond the applicable legal entitlement, can continue to be approved for 4 months after the birth of the child. After that, there is only a nationwide legal right.

Change reports can be handed in personally in the entrance area of the SDZ, if available in the district (only then will an application confirmation be handed out). If there is no SDZ, the applications are accepted in the child day care departments.

Change notifications can also be sent by post, fax or e-mail (by e-mail only if the required forms have been scanned with the original signature).

In correspondence, please always state the following:

  • child's surname
  • First name of the child
  • child's date of birth
  • Complete registration address of the child

Deadlines

Requests for changes are to be requested as soon as possible. A change can be approved at the earliest upon receipt of the application.

Procedure & Fees

Fees

See link child care and day care, fees

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