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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. 


Pregnancy and birth

Before birth

Your GP will confirm your pregnancy and refer you to the midwife.

You can choose how you want to give birth and you can discuss this with your midwife.

Be aware that pregnancy is NOT treated as a medical condition and check-ups are therefore reduced to the necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

The system's free offerings are: 

  • 3 check-ups at your GP
  • 4 – 7 check-ups at the midwife
  • 2 ultrasounds
  • A birth and family course for pregnant women who are expecting their 1st child. Reduced number in English, but still available.

 
After birth

No prolongued stay at the hospital (when there are no complications). Your district nurse or ‘sundhedsplejerske’ will contact and visit you during the first week after birth.

Paperwork

  • The midwife reports the birth to the authorities and the baby gets a CPR-number right away
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the child legally resides in the country
  • Registering name, fælles forældremyndighed (shared custody) and fatherhood can be registered online with NemID
  • You can get a print of the birth certificate at the local church office in person or have it sent to you.

Further information

Childcare

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 the municipal authorities to provide day care facilities, and the options vary from authority to authority. It is your job to contact the municipal authorities to book a daycare spot for your child. In order to sign up for childcare you need a CPR number for your child and an address in Denmark. If there are not any places immediately available, the child's name will be placed on a waiting list. The earlier you put down the child's name, the greater the chance of finding a place when you need it.

Types of childcare

  • Daycare (0-3 years old)
  • Kindergarten (3-6 years old)
  • Integrated Institutions (0-6 year old)

Read more about kindergartens on the GreaterAarhus website

In Aarhus you are guaranteed a daycare spot two month after you applied. You can apply by downloading and completing this application form and sending it to Relocation Service. It is necessary to have an address in Denmark in order to apply, but you can do it even if you don't have a CPR number yet. If you have a CPR number and NemID, you can apply online.

For further information on childcare in other cities, please contact us.

Primary and lower secondary education

In Denmark, education is mandatory for children aged 6-16. Education is free at state or public schools (Folkeskole). It is also possible for your child to attend private schools (including international schools), which costs a monthly fee. Children begin school in August the year they turn six years old.

The primary and lower secondary education consists of a one-year pre-school class, nine years of primary and lower secondary education and an optional tenth form (Efterskole/10. klasse). Following primary school, which is completed at the age of 16 or 17, nearly all Danish students proceed to some form of upper secondary education.

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.

There are different school options in Denmark:

Read more about the Danish education system on the Ministry of Children and Education website.

After school activities

Children can be cared for at after-school centres or in after-school care schemes (SFO) in grade 0-3. Children can play with their friends, do homework or take part in various other activities. Read more here.

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.

Read more about ForeningsMentor International here.

Reception class (modtagelsesklasse)

If you choose public education and your child have limited or no knowledge of the Danish language, then he/she must start in a reception class. It supports the child in developing the Danish language. When your child is ready to come in a general class, the child can go to school or move to the district school. It is up to the parents. 

For further information about the reception class in Aarhus contact the Relocation Service or the Kompetencecenter or visit this Danish website.

If you live outside the municipality of Aarhus, you can contact us or your local municipality.            

Bilingual tuition

Mother tongue language instruction is an offer for children in form 0 - 9. Instruction is free of charge and offered in the EU/EEC languages, and at least one of the parents have to live in Denmark and be an EU/EEC citizen. The objective of mother tongue language instruction is to enable the pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the spoken and written language of their native country and to enable them to express themselves verbally and in writing.

In Aarhus the instruction takes place at Møllevangskolen.

Contact Møllevangskolen for further information.

Upper secondary school

Once you have completed your basic school education in grade 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.

Find more facts about the upper secondary level of education

Upper secondary education for foreigners

Some schools offer general upper secondary programmes in English, German or French. The Ministry of Children and Education have created a list of all the options offered in Denmark.

Read more about upper secondary school options.

Child benefits and allowances

Child benefits

In Denmark, parents receive child benefits for each child under the age of 18. 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.

If you are a foreigner and work in Denmark, you may apply for child benefits. You are eligible to receive full amount of benefit if:

  • You are an EU/EEC citizen and you have lived in one EU/EEC country at least 6 of the past 10 years.
  • You are a Non EU/EEC citizen and have lived or worked in Denmark for at least 6 of the past 10 years.

Otherwise, you can receive a percentage of the benefit. See the rates and further information about family benefits or contact us for further information.

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 in Aarhus or have lived here for a long 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 and she will provide the information needed in English.


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