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The compulsory attendance in schools remains suspended. From April 12, 2021, alternating lessons take place for grades 1 to 6 and 10 to 13 in half the class in an alternating model. Pupils are called to use the distributed Rapid Covid Antigen Tests. From April 19, 2021 the grades 7, 8 and 9 will restart in half classes in the alternating model. The Rapid Covid Antigen Tests will be carried out obligatory in the schools.

Since April 8, 2021, the daycare centers offer emergency care only for families in systemically relevant professions .

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Day care ("Kita") voucher

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Your right to a place in day care

Children are entitled to a place in day care beginning on their first birthday. Since 1 August 2018 there has been a legal right to up to seven hours of funding per day without a family’s needs being checked.

The day care voucher

The first step to a finding a place in a day care centre or a child day care (childminder) is to register with the youth welfare office in your residential district.

You will receive a day care (“Kita”) voucher from your youth welfare office. You can redeem this at the day care centre or with the child day care provider of your choice where your child is to be cared for if there is a free space available there. The extent of childcare for your child is noted on the Kita voucher.

Sample day care voucher

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Applying for a day care voucher

The day care voucher can be applied for at the youth welfare office in your residential district no earlier than nine months or later than two months before the desired start of care. In your application you will provide information about your child and the desired childcare time, among other things.

You can either use the online form or print out the Registration for the support of children in day care facilities and fill out the registration by hand.

The online application

You can apply for the day care voucher online. The online form is set up in such a way that it automatically adjusts to the entries made by the applicant.

After completing the online application, a one-page short application is automatically created. Please print this out and send it signed to the youth welfare office responsible for your residential district. If appropriate, copies of documents (e.g., proof of work) should be attached to the short application

The form to be filled in and printed out

Registration for the support of children in day care facilities

Please submit to the youth welfare office in your residential district

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Explanations

Explanations to the Registration for the support of children in day care facilities

Please submit to the youth welfare office in your residential district

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Orientation guide for issuing vouchers

The orientation guide supports the youth welfare offices in issuing vouchers (determination of needs in individual cases) and is intended to help standardise decisions.

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Redeeming the day care voucher

for a place in a day care centre
You have received your day care voucher and are wondering what happens next? With your voucher you can begin your search for a free place in the day care centre of your choice.

You can see how diverse the Berlin Kita landscape is in the Kita Navigator. With the help of the area search, you can also find the day care centres in your area. If you wish, your local youth welfare office can help you in your search for a free place.

Once you have found a free place in a day care centre, sign a care contract with the provider of the facility and redeem your voucher there. The day care management will support you in this process.

for a place in child day care
As an alternative to day care, you can also choose care of your child in a child day care (childminder). The child day care service in your youth welfare office will support you in your search for child day care.

If you have decided on care in a child day care and have found a free place, sign the care contract with your youth welfare office and redeem your voucher there.

Berlin und Brandenburg

Berlin and Brandenburg have agreed to facilitate the use of childcare facilities in the other state, for example, when childcare near your workplace is useful or necessary.

State treaty between Berlin and Brandenburg

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Cost sheet for compensation payments as of 1 August 2020

between the youth welfare offices of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg for child day care

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Cost sheets for compensation payments as of 1 January 2020

between the youth welfare offices of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg for child day care

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