Having a baby in Copenhagen

Day care

Your child can be looked after in a nursery (vuggestue) or a day care run by a child-minder (dagpleje) if the child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and 10 months. Your child can be looked after in a kindergarten (børnehave) if the child is aged between 2 years and 10 months and 5 years.

If your child is aged between six and nine years it and is going to a state school (folkeskole) it can be looked after in an after-school centre (fritidsinstitutioner) or a school care (SFO) before and after school hours.

How do I enroll my children in day care?

What are the private day care options in Copenhagen?

What are the costs for the different day care options in Copenhagen?

What are the options for English-language groups in public child care offers?

What are the day care options for children with special needs?

What is the child minding guarantee in Copenhagen?

Going to school

For children between the age of 6-16 education is mandatory. In Denmark it is possible to receive education at state schools (folkeskolen) free of charge or at private schools, which cost a monthly fee. Learn more about the Danish school system here.

How do I enrol my children in a public school in Copenhagen?

What are the requirements for enrolment in a Danish school?

How do non-Danish speaking children start in school?

How is the Danish school system structured?

Are there international schools in Copenhagen?

What are the school options for children with special needs?

What are the options for childcare before and after classes?

Activities for children in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a lot of different offers for children of different ages. Copenhagen has both outdoor and indoor playgrounds with different themes.

Where are the playgrounds around Copenhagen?

Where do I find leisure activities for my child?

Where can my child play sports outside school?

Benefits related to children

As a parent in Copenhagen you can different benefits. Learn more about the rules here.

Are we eligible for child care benefits (børnepenge)?

Children and healthcare

We are all concerned about the health of our children. Here you can learn more about the possibilities and rules regarding children and the healthcare system. 

What should I do if my child falls ill? 

Does my children have the same doctor as me? 

Are my children entitled to dental care?

Is my child entitled to healthcare?