Day care for children
An alternative to crèches or nurseries
Heidelberg supports day care for children. If you prefer a child minder over a crèche or nursery, you will receive support from the city. Any parent who has a child between the ages of one and three or is working, attending a training course or currently seeking a job, can apply to the Child and Youth Welfare Office (Kinder- und Jugendamt) for a place. The child minder receives EUR 5.70 per hour from the authorities for each child, and the parent makes a means-tested contribution to the Welfare Office.
The Child and Youth Welfare Office acts as an intermediary for organizing free-of-charge day care places. Parents choose to send their child to a child minder rather than a crèche or nursery for a variety of reasons: the family-like atmosphere on offer, the greater time flexibility and the small groups involved. The services of a child minder can also be combined with other care arrangements, for example outside crèche or nursery hours. Properly qualified and licensed child minders are allowed to care for up to five children on their own or a maximum of nine with another person. The child can be looked after either at the child minder’s home, at the child’s home or in rented premises.
You can find an overview of all care services for children between the ages of zero and six, including child minders and vacation care at the "Mein Kind" portal.