Apply for support for day care for children

According to § 5 kindertagesförderungsgesetz (KiTaG), children up to the age of three are entitled to support in a day care centre or in day care .

As a parent or guardian, you can take care of your child by a childcare worker yourself, provided that you know a childcare worker. Instead, you can also apply for your child to be placed as a suitable childcare worker via the responsible local public youth welfare institution (Jugendamt). The KiTa-Portal Schleswig-Holstein supports you in your search for a suitable childcare place. In any case, it is necessary to contact the youth welfare office responsible for you, where you will receive all further information on the care of your child.

In order to fulfil the legal entitlement to early childhood support for children from the age of one, care by a childcare worker is an alternative offer in which children are cared for and supported by a fixed caregiver in a regular, family-like atmosphere. A maximum of 5 children may be cared for at the same time by a childcare worker.

Care can be provided both in the household of the parents and in the household of the Kindert agespflegeperson (or rooms specially rented for this purpose).

A cost contribution is charged for the use of the support in child day care. This is waived in whole or in part upon application to the local social welfare offices, provided that the burden on the parents is not reasonable for the child (§ 90 SGB VIII).

An application is required for the granting of a current cash benefit for child day care. This can be done in writing or online (LINK). The application must be accompanied by at least the birth certificate of the child to be cared for and the written confirmation of the childcare worker.

Registration via the KitaPortal Schleswig-Holstein

You can also pre-register your child online with a variety of childcare professionals, using the following link:

Further information on this topic can also be found here:

  • Child day care

Legal basis: SGB VIII, Child Day Promotion Act (KiTaG), statutes of the respective districts or independent cities

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