Bringing children to Denmark

If you bring children with you to Denmark, we will be happy to assist you with information and guidance about childcare options, school enrolment, language tuition etc. 

Newborns and birth

If you give birth in a Danish hospital, a temporary CPR number for your child is issued right after the birth. You still have to apply for a residence permit for your child in order to register him or her formally.


All families are offered public childcare in Denmark and the vast majority of children aged 3-5 are cared for in a day care facility from Monday to Friday. The options consist of day nurseries (birth-3 year), kindergarten (3-6 years) and pre-school/after-school centers (6-10 years). It is the task of municipal authorities to provide day care facilities, and the options vary from authority to authority.

Read more about childcare options and childcare enrolment

Primary and lower secondary education

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

Read about school options, school enrolment and much more

Upper secondary school

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:

  1. The general upper secondary education provision of the Gymnasium (stx), the higher preparatory examination (HF), the higher commercial examination (hhx) or the higher technical examination (htx). These education programmes primarily prepare for higher education.
  2. Or, the vocational education and training programmes, the basic social and health training programmes etc. These education programmes are primarily aimed at preparing students for a career in a specific trade or industry.

Read more about upper secondary school options

Child benefits and allowances

Child benefits

In Denmark, parents receive child benefits for each child under 18 years of age. The child benefits are paid on a monthly/quarterly basis.

Child benefit rates 

The monthly/quarterly fee per child is (as of 2018)

  • Children 0 - 2 years old: 4506 DKK quarterly
  • Children 3 - 6 years old: 3567 DKK quarterly
  • Children 7 - 14 years old: 2808 DKK quarterly
  • Youth 15 - 17 years old: 936 DKK pr. month

Parents with a yearly income of more than 749,000 DKK will receive a reduced child benefit.

EU/EEA citizens

In order to receive the full amount of 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 6 years within the last 10 years. If they have not lived in Denmark or another EU/EEA country for 6 years within the last 10 years, they are entitled to a percentage of the child benefit. See the rates

Non-EU/EEA citizens

  1. Non EU/EEA citizens are entitled to a percentage of the child benefit proportional to the time they have been in Denmark. See the rates


Please contact Udbetaling Danmark via telephone +4570128062 or contact them by e-mail at 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 

Child allowance

Single provider

In addition to the child benefits, there are other 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  

Financial assistance with day care

Read more about income rates and conditions to be eligible for child allowance in the municipality of Aarhus in the information from the municipality.

How to apply

You can apply for child allowance in two ways:

Playgroups and babysitters

UIC International Playgroup

The UIC invites 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 some time. The UIC Playgroup is located at Dokk1 in Aarhus. Both Internationals as Danes are welcome. Read more on the UIC website

Gyngehesten Playgroup

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 on their Danish website, or contact Lotte Højfeldt via e-mail at and she will provide the information needed in English.


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.

Read more about Bemybabysitter.

After school activities

ForeningsMentor International

ForeningsMentor International is a project which aspires to help and guide children and adolescents into a club or association so that they may benefit from an active leisure time in social communities while participating in sports or creative activities. We offer to match your child with a volunteer Mentor, who can give you personal guidance towards a chosen association. The Mentor will then accompany your child to its chosen activity a couple of times facilitating a great start so that you and your child will be able to continue on your own. The project is a collaboration between Aarhus Muncipality, Red Barnet (Save the children) and the international schools in Aarhus.

Read more about ForeningsMentor International

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