The vast majority of children under the age of six are looked after by a childminder or a nursery from Monday to Friday. It is the task of municipal authorities to provide day care facilities, and the options vary from authority to authority.
Education is compulsory in Denmark for everyone between the ages of 6-7 and 16. Whether the education is received in a publicly provided school, in a private school or at home is a matter of individual choice, as long as accepted standards are met. It is education itself that is compulsory, not school. The majority of Danish children receive their schooling in the Danish Folkeskole.
You may find facts about the primary and lower secondary levels of education covering the public school system (the Folkeskole), the municipal international basic schools and private schools on the Ministry of Children and Education website
Once you have completed your basic school education in form level 9 or 10, you can apply for enrolment in a youth education programme. Youth education programmes are courses of preparatory study or professional qualification programmes usually lasting three or four years.
The programmes normally cater for 16-19 year olds and are comprised of either:
In Denmark, parents receive child benefits for each child under 18 years of age. The child benefits are paid on a quarterly basis.
In order to receive child benefits at least one of the parents who has custody of the child must have resided or worked in Denmark or another EU/EEA country for a minimum of 2 years within the last 10 years to receive the full amount. If they have not lived in Denmark or another EU/EEA country for 2 years, they are entitled to a percentage of the child benefit proportional to the time in Denmark.
Non EU/EEA citizens are entitled to a percentage of the child benefit proportional to the time they have been in Denmark.
The rates vary according to whether you have lived in Denmark for 6 months, 1 year, 1½ years or 2 years.
The quarterly fee per child is DKK 4470 for 0-2 year-olds, falling to 2784 DKK for 7-17 year-old children (2016 level).
Please contact Udbetaling Danmark via telephone +4570128062 to find out whether you are entitled to benefits for your children and how to apply for it.
You can find further information at the webportal Lifeindenmark
In addition to the child benefits, you can also receive a special child allowance which is paid in different situations – e.g. if you are a single provider.
If you want to know more about child allowance, you are welcome to contact Udbetaling Danmark by phone +45 70 12 80 62
Read more about child allowance on Lifeindenmark.dk
Read more about income rates and conditions to be eligible for child allowance in the municipality of Aarhus in the information from the municipality (PDF).
You can apply for child allowance in two ways:
The UIC invite young children and their parents to play, connect and share experiences once a week at the UIC International Playgroup. The International Playgroup is a community that always welcomes new members, whether you are completely new to Aarhus or have lived here for a long time. The Playgroup is located at at Dokk1 in Aarhus. Both Internationals as Danes are welcome. Read more at the UIC website
Gyngehesten is a playgroup in Skejby, Aarhus, where children aged 0-6 and their parents/grandparents/nanny come to play & socialize and meet other children, who are at home and not in a kindergarten. The parent/grandparent/nanny stays with the child the whole time. Read more about Gyngehesten
Bemybabysitter is an online platform that can facilitate babysitting needs relating to international families by providing them with access to babysitters that come from similar cultures and who they can communicate with in their native tongue.
Bemybabysitter exists both in Aarhus and Odense.