Education is not mandatory until the age of three. Because of this, public childcare options are much more restricted than for primary and secondary education, and in many places the demand outstrips supply.
As a result, it's important to know the steps and requirements for securing a place in a public childcare center.
The details provided below are general and common. Since public childcare centers are run by the regional governments, these details may vary in your place of residence; so, to get more reliable information, you should check the website of the relevant regional and local governments.
Private childcare centers tend to have their own registration requirements. Just because they're private, however, doesn't mean they're outside the law.
Every childcare center, whether public or private, has to satisfy certain legal requirements:
- The children have to be supervised by a staff of professionals who are qualified in childhood education.
- The use of the center must be limited to childcare and it must be accessible from the street.
- One of its facilities must be a multi-purpose room with a surface area of at least 30 square meters.