Daycare Voucher

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Daycare Voucher

Children living in Hamburg are entitled to 5 hours of free care in a daycare facility per day. Find out how to apply for a daycare voucher.

Daycare Voucher - Hamburg Welcome Portal

In Hamburg, parents do not pay contributions for five hours of childcare in day care. Lunch for the child is free. Parents only have to apply for a Kita voucher at the responsible district office
If parents wish to have their child looked after for more than five hours, they must pay a portion of the costs - the so-called parental contribution. This contribution is calculated individually and depends on the child's income, the size of the family and the scope of care.

How to find a place for your child in a day care centre

Hamburg offers parents a wide range of childcare services in more than 1,000 day-care centres as well as day-care mothers and fathers. It is advisable to inform yourself about the corresponding childcare facilities at least one year before your visit to the day care centre. For example

  • ask friends and relatives about their experiences with daycare centres, childminders and fathers of the day, or
  • have the childcare facilities of your choice personally introduced to you.

With the Kita database and the Kita city map, you can view the offers and contact details of the Hamburg day-care centres and pre-school classes near your place of residence.

Once you have decided on a day care centre or a day care person, ask them if there is a place available. Otherwise, you will be placed on the waiting list. At least eight weeks before the desired start of day care, you should ask the relevant institution again whether your child will get a place there. Otherwise they would have to resort to other childcare services.

If you cannot find a suitable free place for your child, please contact the staff of the Child Day Care Department at the relevant district offices.

  • You can apply for a Kita voucher or a permit to have your child looked after by a childminder or childminder at your local district office - Child Day Care Department. To find out which district office is responsible, enter your child's registration address in the Behördenfinder.
  • You will receive the Kita voucher by post and can redeem it at any day-care centre participating in the Kita voucher system.

Please note that you must submit your application for the Kita voucher three to six months before the desired start of childcare. Without a Kita voucher, you will have to bear all the costs of childcare yourself. The Kita voucher is valid for a maximum of one year and must be re-applied for at least three months before expiry.

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