Typical childcare options

Age range: 0-3 years (or until admission to kindergarten)
Day nurseries are facilities for children aged between nine weeks and 3 years. They have a statutory mandate to provide education, upbringing and care. Two trained education professionals oversee each mixed-age group of up to twelve children.

Age range: 3-6 years (or until admission to school)
Kindergartens are for pre-school children. Children are educated and cared for in these institutions from the age of 3 until they start school. The groups comprise children of mixed ages and are overseen, depending on the hours of care, by two or three education professionals and assistants. Each group contains a maximum of twenty-five children.

Age range: 0-14, but mostly 0-3 years
In this form of childcare, children are entrusted to a day-nanny. The day-nanny looks after up to five children in their own home with flexible hours of at least ten hours per week.
For more information, see the city of Munich's website.

Age range: 0-14 years, but mainly 0-3 years
In collective child-minding, several child-minders work together to look after the children entrusted to them in rented premises that are not privately used. Groups of six to ten children are looked after by two qualified minders. The groups can comprise children of mixed ages. If more than eight children are being looked after in a collective child-minding situation, at least one of the minders must be an education professional.
For more information, see the city of Munich's website.

Age range: from first class, usually up to fourth class
Care of school-age children outside school hours. Two education professionals and assistants usually oversee mixed-age groups with a maximum of twenty-five children.

Age range: any age
A nanny is a qualified professional with educational or nursing training. Nannies look after children in the parents’ home as an employee or in a self-employed capacity. They often carry out household tasks in addition to supervising the children.

Age range: any age
An au pair is a person from another country aged between eighteen and twenty-five who works for their host family in exchange for board, lodging and pocket-money. In return, they get to learn the language and culture of the host country. For advice on hiring an au pair in Munich, see the website of the Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit Ortsverein München e.V.