Permission to grant day care for children

In day care, children aged 0-14 years can be cared for.

A person who wants to look after one or more children outside the household of the legal guardian during part of the day and more than 15 hours a week for a fee of more than three months, requires permission in accordance with the legal basis in the Eighth Book of the Social Code (SGB VIII). The permit is limited to five years. It may be provided with ancillary provisions. The permit authorizes the care of up to five foreign children present at the same time.

  • Impeccable extended police certificate of good conduct according to § 72a SGB VIII
  • Measles protection
  • Health certificate (re-identification every five years)
  • Proof of qualification as a day care worker


Permission must be granted if the person is suitable for day care. This can be assumed if she is characterized by her personality, expertise and willingness to cooperate with guardians and other child care workers and has child-friendly premises.

She also needs good knowledge of the requirements in day care for children, which she has acquired in qualified courses.

Related Links

  • § 43 Social Code - Eighth Book (SGB VIII)

After submission of the documents of the completed qualification as a day care worker, police certificate of good conduct, medical certificate and joint inspection of day care worker and the competent authority for the purpose of checking the spatial suitability, the care permit is granted. The care of children can only take place after the permission has been granted.

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