If you are bringing your children to Germany, you should start looking for childcare as soon as possible. Start looking for a place in childcare for your child in Göttingen while you are still in your home country. The Federal Government offers information on childcare for international skilled workers. The Family Service of the University of Göttingen can advise you on childcare in Göttingen.
Childcare for children of pre-school ageKrippe (up to 3 years of age)
Krippe or crèches accept children up to the age of three. In Göttingen (as in many German cities), the demand for crèche places exceeds the supply. Therefore, you should definitely start looking as early as possible. The costs for childcare vary depending on what is being offered and the age of the child. In most cases, they also depend on the parents’ income.
Kindergarten attendance is voluntary in Germany. From the age of three to six, children have a legal right to a free place in kindergarten. Kindergartens are usually open from 7:30 or 8 am and offer different types of care: either half-day (until 12:00) or full-day (until 14:00 or 16:30/17:00). You must pay for lunch separately. Kindergartens are run by local authorities or by churches, social or private providers.
The demand for kindergarten places also clearly exceeds the number available. Most kindergartens have waiting lists. Register your child as early as possible!
Childminders offer individual care in a family environment and have more flexible working hours. They usually look after several children at the same time in their own home. Childminders are trained and must have an official permit from the local child and youth welfare office. The Kindertagespflegebörse (Childcare board) Göttingen can help you find one.
The best way to find babysitters who can look after your children during the day or for a few hours in the evening is via the above-mentioned Kindertagespflegebörse or by asking colleagues or neighbours. You can also post a job opening on the Stellenwerk (job board) of the University of Göttingen.
Providers and facilitiesUniversity and University-related childcare
The Family Service of the University of Göttingen is the first place to find information on special childcare needs, even at short notice.
The International Office
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