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Child care

As a child-friendly city, Dresden offers a wide variety of child-care possibilities ranging from crèches to nurseries and childminders.

In day-care centres children are cared for all day or for part of the day. Criteria for choosing a day-care centre include location, size, profile, design, equipment, opening hours, support (state-supported or privately financed) etc. Depending on the age of the child, you can choose from among the following options:

Crèche

Children up to the age of three are cared for here. In some day-care centres there are children of different age groups, i.e. a mixture of crèche and nursery.

Nursery

From the age of three until they start school children have the right to a placet in a nursery in Germany. There's a big selection of nurseries: those in which children are divided into groups and those in which all children take part in all activities. There are "forest nurseries" in which the majority of the time is spent in the forest exploring nature. In inclusive establishments children with and without disabilities are cared for together. There are many private nurseries now too which work according to the Waldorf or Montessori philosophies or specialise in a second language like the nursery at the Dresden International School.

Further information for parents about child-care options is available from:
City of Dresden
Personnel management department
Contributions agency section
Dr.-Külz-Ring 19
01067 Dresden
Phone: +49 (0351) 4885080
Hours:
Monday and Friday: 8 am to 12 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am to 12 pm and 2 to 6 pm

Day-care (childminder)

A childminder is a very good alternative when parents prefer child care in a family atmosphere. Minders care for small groups of children (usually up to five) ranging in age from 0 to 3 years. The childminder normally hosts the children at her house, but care can also be arranged in the child's familiar environment.

Remedial day-care facilities

Children with disabilities (permanent or gradually worsening physical or mental impairments) can be cared for intensivly and given special treatment in a remedial day-care centre until they start school.

You must register and pay a monthly fee for a place in a crèche or nursery. Day-care fees are between 70 and 425 euros per month, depending on your address, income and the sponsorship of the establishment.

Alongside the above-mentioned types of child care there are other groups for small children which offer special activities and serve as meeting points for children and parents. These include play groups, toddler-groups, Prague Program for Parents and Children groups etc. These groups normally meet once a week.




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