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Child day care (Kita), initial application / new application

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 initial or new application must always be submitted if a child has not yet used day care or if care has been interrupted.

Important notes

Prerequisites

Basically for the nationwide valid legal claim:
  • Child registered with main residence in Hamburg, deviations are possible in individual cases
  • Child from the age of 1 up to pre-school class or up to school enrollment if no pre-school class is used.

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

  • fully completed and signed application (see link)
  • Fully completed and signed questionnaire on the economic situation (only if you want care over 5 hours - see link)
  • Copy of the identity cards / passports of the custodians registered with the child
  • Proof of income (only if you want care for more than 5 hours) (see link)

For more than 5 hours of care per day or before the age of 1, additional evidence showing the daily working hours or course time (from / to), for example:

  • Copy of the employment contract or training contract or
  • Certificate from the employer that the job was commenced (only if the daily working time is not specified in the employment / training contract or if the job is started after parental leave, as the old employment contract does not contain the date on which the job started)
  • Proof of integration measure or
  • Proof of attending language courses, integration courses

For educational needs: current proof of need either from the General Social Service (ASD) or the day care center.

Please note

Applications are usually approved for a maximum of one year, unless the need is shorter than a year. After that, a subsequent amount may have to be provided.

Applications can be submitted in person in the entrance area of the SDZ (Social Service Center), if available in the district (only then will an application confirmation be issued). If there is no SDZ, the applications will be accepted in the childcare departments.

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

Please always state the following in correspondence:

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

Deadlines

A new application (initial application) can be submitted six months before the start of supervision. The approval period can begin at the earliest upon receipt of the application.

Procedure & Fees

Fees

See link

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