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English language groups in public childcare

Expats have the option to enrol their child in English language groups in public childcare institutions.

Three public childcare institutions in Copenhagen have groups in which the everyday language used is English:

  • Børnebyen Vandværket (Studiestræde 54 in Copenhagen K) offers 1 day-nursery group for infants and 1 kindergarten group.
  • Idrætsbørnehaven Bavnehøj (Bavnehøj Allé 40 in Copenhagen SV) offers 1 kindergarten group.
  • Topstykket (Julius Andersen Vej 2A, 2450 Copenhagen SV) offers 1 kindergarten group

English may be the native language for some of the children, others are learning English as a second language. The daily activities and pedagogical framework of the English language groups are similar to the Danish childcare offers.

Who can apply

The groups are intended for children in the age group between 0 and 6. To apply for a place in these groups:

  • Both parents must be of non-Danish nationality
  • Their municipality of residence must be Copenhagen
  • At least ONE of the parents must be employed in Denmark on a temporary employment contract with an end date.

How to apply

Download and fill in the application form and send it by secure mail (log in with NemID) to Pladsanvisningen (the placement service).

You must attach documentation of your officially registered address as well as a temporary employment contract showing an end date. EU citizens must also attach a copy of their passport. Non-EU citizens must provide proof of work and residence permits. 

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Facts about English language groups

Arrange a visit

You are welcome to visit our childcare institutions before you apply for a place. Please contact the institution to arrange your visit so they can set time aside to show you around the premises. 

Facts

Børnebyen Vandværket is a large childcare facility established in the heart of Copenhagen. It has room for 400 children aged 0 to 6 years old. Vandværket consists of 6 smaller houses – each with its own playground. On 1 June 2017, 2 groups were set up in one of the houses, a day nursery for a group of 12 children and a kindergarten for a group of 22 children.

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm
  • Tours of the English section are available on the first Wednesday of each month. You can contact the pedagogical coordinator, Sisse Trolle Laiq, at silind@kk.dk to make an appointment.

Idrætsinstitutionen Bavnehøj has an English-language group for the age group 2 to 6. There is room for 18 children. 

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 6:45am to 5pm
  • You can contact the head of the institution, Mette Dunker, by telephone 33663816 to arrange a visit.

Topstykket has an English language kindergarten group (22 children).

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm
  • To arrange a visit, you can contact Tina Alm by telephone 29 31 02 78, Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm.

CONTACT

Pladsanvisningen

Nyropsgade 7, 1st floor

1602 København V

Office opening hours

Monday

09:00 - 13:00

Tuesday

09:00 - 13:00

Wednesday

09:00 - 13:00

Thursday

13:00 - 18:00

Friday

09:00 - 13:00

Phone opening hours

Monday

09:00 - 13:00

Tuesday

09:00 - 13:00

Thursday

13:00 - 18:00

Friday

09:00 - 13:00