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Private childcare

You have 3 options for private childcare in Copenhagen if your address is registered in the city.

Private childcare by a childminder

– In Danish: Privat pasning

– From 0 to 6 years

In private childcare by a childminder, the childminder only looks after other people’s children. Your child can be cared for in your home, the childminder's home, or on business premises.

Price

The price is normally negotiated with the childminder. Part of the childminder's salary is subsidised by the city of Copenhagen. 

Subsidy

If you choose childcare by a private childminder, you are not eligible for the income-based childcare subsidy. However, if you have two or more children in private childcare, you automatically qualify for a sibling allowance. The sibling allowance is calculated as 42.5% of the cheapest child care option.

Apply for private child care

Contact the private childminder directly to ask if they have an open spot and can accommodate your child.

Go to the message board to find the contact information (in Danish).

For further guidance and information on subsidies and more, please call INFO-team at 70 25 06 60 and press 4. You can also come by the office at Nyropsgade 7, 1st floor, or you can send an email to infoteam@buf.kk.dk

Private childcare institutions

– In Danish: Private institutioner

– From 0 to 6 years 

Private childcare institutions can be nurseries and kindergartens that are privately run. You will need to contact an institution directly to apply for a place.

Price 

The cost of a childcare place in a private institution varies. The individual institutions set their own price and collect payment from parents directly.

Subsidy

You can apply for an income-based childcare subsidy. If you have more than one child, you are automatically entitled to a sibling discount. Contact the individual institutions to find out what they charge.

Find about more about the cost of childcare services.

Waiting list

Private childcare institutions have their own waiting lists. You must contact a private childcare institution directly in order to have your child added to their waiting list. If you accept a place in a private institution, your child will be taken off the waiting list for a place in public childcare.

Minding your own child

– In Danish: Pasning af egne børn

– From 1 to 3 years

As a parent in Copenhagen you can apply for a subsidy for minding your own child if your child’s age is from 12 months to 3 years old.

Who is eligible for the subsidy?

You can receive the subsidy if you

  • Do not have any other income while receiving the subsidy
  • Have lived in Denmark for the past 7 years out of 8 years
  • Have sufficient Danish language skills to be able to develop your child’s Danish proficiency skills
  • Have custody of your child
  • Are staying in the City of Copenhagen with the child
  • Will be minding your child for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 1 year
  • Have not received the subsidy before

How much subsidy can you get?

You can receive DKK 7,097 (2022: DKK 6,840) in subsidy per month, before taxes, per child.

Apply for the subsidy for minding your own child here (in Danish).

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