Childcare facilities for young children

Almost all Danish families use child daycare

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All children in Denmark are guaranteed a place in a childcare institution. Almost all Danish families use child daycare.

Options for childcare consist of:

  • day nurseries for children 0-3 years old
  • kindergartens for children 3-6 years old
  • pre-school/after school centres for children 6-10 years old.

In addition, there is the option of local childcare, in which children are cared for in private homes.

Opening hours

The opening hours of the childcare facilities are approximately Monday to Thursday 6.30 to 17.00, and Fridays 6.30 to 16.00.


Childcare is financed partly by the parents, partly by the municipality. Prices differ somewhat depending on the municipality and the type of childcare.

Most childcare services are municipal, but there are a great many privately owned facilities as well, and in a few of them the spoken language is English. To register, please contact the respective municipality, and do it as soon as possible. A waiting list is not unusual.

Last updated: 11 August 2023