Kids & Family Daycare Voucher

The City of Hamburg guarantees all children from the age of one year to school enrolment a place in a child daycare centre – regardless of whether the parents are working or not.

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The basic daycare for all children in Hamburg is free of charge from birth to school enrolment. This means:

  • Parents don’t have to pay for the five-hour care of your child.
  • Free lunch for the child.
  • Parents have the choice between care in a crèche or kindergarten and the care at a childminder.

For this benefit, the parents only need to apply for a daycare centre voucher (Kita-Gutschein) or a permit for the child daycare at the childminder.

For a care of more than five hours per day, the parents have to pay a share of costs, the so-called parental contribution. This contribution is calculated individually and depends on income, family size and scope of care – see page „Wie hoch sind die Elternbeiträge?“ (in German language).

How to get a daycare voucher or an authorisation for child daycare at the childminder

  1. Parents apply for a daycare centre voucher or an authorisation for the child daycare at their local District Office.
  2. The voucher can be redeemed in any child daycare centre which participates in the Kita Voucher System. Parents must look for a daycare place for their child themselves. Parents who let their children attend a childminder will receive a notice of approval.
  3. The child daycare centres invoice the City of Hamburg directly.

Please note that you have to send your application three to six months prior to the start of the child daycare to the Department  of Daycare of your local District Office. Without a daycare voucher / authorisation you have to pay for daycare yourself. The daycare voucher / authorisation shall be valid for a maximum of 1 year and prolongation must be applied for at least 3 months prior to expiry.

Where can I get more information?

Short animation film

illustrating the daycare services and how you can find a daycare place: