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What are the private day care options in Copenhagen?

You have three different options for private day care in Copenhagen if you have a registered address in Copenhagen.

1. Private day care run by a parent (privat dagpleje)

In private day care run by a parent, the person looks after his or her own child plus another child, or his or her own two children in their own home.

Cost for private day care in 2018

It costs DKK 3.254 per month for your child to attend private day care. If you are a private day care taking care of your own child you still have to pay this amount. The price is regulated every year in regards to subsidies for siblings and free spots given according to your income.

2. Private child care run by a child minder (privat børnepasning)

In private day care run by a child minder, the person only looks after other people’s children. The child care can be located in the home of the parents or the child-minder, or in business premises.

Private child care costs in 2018

  • The price is not set by the City of Copenhagen but negotiated with the childminder. For full-time childminding, most parents pay amount that is equivalent to a nursery place.
  • The Childminders's wage consist of subsidy from the City of Copenhagen and payments from the parent(s). The size of the subsidy depends on the number of hours per week and the age of the child.
  • The subsidy is paid in arrears into your Nemkonto bank account on the last working day of the month.
  • The subsidy is paid out once we have received a receipt for your monthly payment. In order to receive the subsidy, you and your child must both be resident in the City of Copenhagen.

Subsidy rates in 2018

Minimum 30 hours a week:

  • Child under 3 * = DKK 6.275 a month in subsidy payment with a minimum payment from the parent(s) of DKK 2.092.
  • Child over 3 ** = DKK 3.917 a month in subsidy payment with a minimum payment from the parent(s) of DKK 1.305.

Child care, 20-29 hours a week:

  • Child under 3 * = DKK 5.088 a month in subsidy payment with a minimum payment from the parent(s) of DKK 1.696​.
  • Child over 3 ** = DKK 3.176 a month in subsidy payment with a minimum payment from the parent(s) of DKK 1.059.

Child care, less than 20 hours a week:

  • Child under 3 * = DKK 3.392 a month in subsidy payment with a minimum payment from the parent(s) of DKK 1.131.
  • Child over 3 ** = DKK 2.117 a month in subsidy payment with a minimum payment from the parent(s) of DKK 706.

* The subsidy is regulated from the first day of the month in which your child turns 3 years old.

A new contract for private childminding must be submitted, otherwise the subsidy will be automatically stopped.

** No later than the first day of the month in which your child is offered a place in grade 0 (reception class).

Can I get a free place subsidy and a sibling subsidy?

  • No, you cannot get a free place subsidy.
  • Yes, you can get a sibling subsidy for private child care. The sibling subsidy is equivalent to 50 % of the cheapest place.

This is how you apply for a place

You need to contact the private day care or private child minder directly to ask if they have a place for your child.

Go the message board on pasningogskole.kk.dk/opslagstavle to find the contact information (in Danish).

For further guidance and information on subsidies and more please contact INFO-team on telephone 70 25 06 60, pres 4, or email infoteam@buf.kk.dk

3. Private child care institutions

Private institutions can be nurseries and kindergartens and are run privately. You need to contact them directly to get a place.

You can find application forms for private day care and private child care in the booklets below.

The cost of a place in a private institution varies. The individual institution sets the price and collects it directly. You can apply for a free place subsidy, and you are automatically entitled to a sibling discount if you have more than one child. Contact the individual institution to find out how much it costs.

Information about private institutions (in Danish)

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