You can sign up your child for daycare when it has a CPR number. 

You sign up your child digitally using the self service solution Digital Childcare Place Allocation (Digital Pladsanvisning). 

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

In the Digital Childcare Place Allocation application (Digital Pladsanvisning), you must know your own allocative district (anvisningsdistrikt) and guarantee of childcare district (garantidistrikt), i.e. meaning the local area in which the institution your child usually would be taken care of is situated. It can be difficult to find this in the system, so please enter your address to see them here:

Here you can see a map of all daycare institutions in Aarhus.

Please find a user guide below on how to use Digital Pladsanvisning 

How to sign up your child using Digital Pladsanvisning (PDF)

How to change the date or hours in which you need childcare (PDF)

How to change the order of your daycare choices (PDF)

 

Do you have questions on signing your child up for daycare?

 

Call Citizen Service on tel. +45 89 40 20 00 during the opening hours of the Childcare Administration (Planlægning og Pladsanvisning)

  • Mondays 9 am - 11am
  • Tuesdays 9 am - 11am
  • Thursdays 9 am - 11 am

Email: pladsanvisningen@mbu.aarhus.dk

 

When your child has a CPR number, you can sign your child up for a place in daycare.

We recommend that you sign your child up before your child turns 4 months old so that you have accumulated the longest possible seniority on the waiting list

If you want to be in the best possible position on the waiting list when your child starts kindergarten, then you must also sign the child up to a kindergarten place before your child turns 4 months old.

If you sign up your child past the 4 month age, then the date you sign your child up will determine your child's position on the waiting list.

The latest point at which you can register for a place is calculated as: current month + 2 months before your child needs the place.

You must be aware of the fact that in Aarhus Municipality, we operate according to waiting list seniority.

For example: If you need a place from 1st April, the application must be submitted by 31st January, at the latest. If you need a place from 20th April, then it is also by 31st January, at the latest.

In the Municipality of Aarhus you can choose between full-time or part-time daycare. 

  • Part-time daycare is 30 hours per week.
  • Full-time daycare is 52 hours per week.

Find more info about full-time or part-time daycare here

You can apply for a place in all institutions offering childcare, but you are most likely to be offered a place in the area in which you live.

MOVING WITHIN AARHUS MUNICIPALITY:

If you are moving and you want to sign your child up for a place in your new district, you must provide your new address and moving date. The address and moving date must be written in the comments box in the Digital Childcare Place Allocation application (Digital Pladsanvisning).

Please note that you cannot transfer seniority from other childcare guarantee districts.

An example:
Ida was born on 25th May 2019. Ida and her parents live in the Samsøgade’s school district and therefore in the Randersvej guarantee of childcare district. 
On 29th May 2019, Ida’s parents’ sign her up for a place at Vuggestuen Graven (Graven nursery). Ida receives her seniority date on 25th September 2019.

On 1st November 2019, the family buys a house in Skødstrup and moves there. Ida gets signed up for a place in Skødstrup on 2nd November 2019. Skødstrup belongs to the guarantee of childcare district (garantidistrikt) of Grenåvej Øst. The family cannot transfer seniority accumulated from another guarantee of childcare district. Therefore, Ida starts her seniority on 2nd November 2019 for a place in Skødstrup.
MOVING TO AARHUS MUNICIPALITY:
You can apply for a place with us as soon as you have knowledge of your upcoming address and moving date (note: your child must have a CPR number before you are able to sign up for childcare). You must enter your upcoming address and  moving date in the comments section of the Digital Childcare Place Allocation application (“Digital Pladsanvisning”).

Please note that you cannot transfer seniority from other guarantee of childcare districts.
Daycare places are allocated according to the Aarhus City Council's allocation rules. 

The allocation rules take the following into account:
  1. Children with special needs. children assessed by PPR
  2. Children who are signed up for a compulsory learning programme in the desired institution and who want to be signed up for a regular daycare programme
  3. Children with siblings in the same institution or private daycare
  4. The  child who first gets signed up for a guaranteed daycare place in their his/her allocation district
  5. The child who gets signed up first for a guaranteed daycare place in their his/her own guarantee of childcare district
  6. The child who gets signed up first for a guaranteed daycare place in other guarantee of childcare districts
  7. The child who has been on the waiting list the longest, even if the child has a place already

When we allocate a place to a child, we must take into account that a maximum of 30% of the children who reside in the vulnerable areas of the city are to be allocated to each individual institution. We must also take into account that children who take part in a compulsory learning programme must have a place before we allocate them a place on the waiting list.

We can only calculate your child's placement on the waiting list when he/she turns 4 months old. This means that all children who are have been signed up for a place before they reach the age of 4 months are placed on an equal footing whether they are signed up when they e.g. turn 2 or 3 months old.
Example 1
Anton was born on January 3rd 2019. The family uses the Digital Childcare Place Allocation application on February 6th 2019, where they sign Anton up for a place. Anton receives his seniority date of May 3rd 2019 ( January 3rd + 4 months).

Example 2
Bertram was born on January 3rd, 2019. The family uses the Digital Childcare Place Allocation application on June 6th 2019, where they sign Anton up for a place. This is after Bertram turns 4 months old and therefore, the seniority date is the actual date - June 6th 2019.

Example 3
Carina and Danielle are both born on May 5th 2019. Carina gets signed up for a place on May 6th 2019 and Danielle on September 2nd 2019. Both have been signed up before they have reached 4 months of age, so, therefore, both receive the same seniority date of September 5th 2019 (May 5th 2019 + 4 months), even though they have been signed up on different dates.

Example 4
If your child is born on May 31st, July 31st, October 29th, October 30th, October 31st, or December 31st your child will start their seniority on the last day of the appropriate month.
Erika was born on October 30th 2019. She has been signed up for a place before she turns 4 months old, so she receives the seniority date of February 29th 2020 (October 30th + 4 months).
If you have signed your child up for childcare before it turns 4 months and you subsequently add new requests, then the new requests will bear the actual date of request.
An example:
Fiona was born on June 6th 2019. The parents sign her up for Vestervang nursery and Kernehuset nursery on September 3rd 2019. Fiona’s seniority date would start from October 6th 2019 for a guaranteed childcare place and a seniority date for requested childcare places at Kernehuset and Vestervang would start from  October 6th 2019. On November 1st 2019, the parents add Vesterbo as their requested place.  The seniority date for the request for Vesterbo will start from  November 1st.
When we allocate a guaranteed daycare place to a child, the date on which the requests were made does not really matter. They only matter if you want to be on the waiting list after you have accepted a guaranteed daycare place. This is because the allocation of a requested place, when you have a guaranteed daycare place, takes place according to the seniority dates of the requested places alone.

You can change the date from which you need childcare on a continuous basis i.e. the date from which you need a place, without it affecting your waiting list seniority.

However, you must be aware of our rules regarding the guaranteed childcare places.  You can read more about the guarantee of childcare here.

An example:
Holly was born on February 2nd, 2019. Her parents sign her up for a place on  February 3rd 2019, with a starting date of December 1st, 2019. Holly will start her seniority date on June 2nd 2019 (date of birth + 4 months). On August 7th, 2019, the parents decide to change the date from which they require childcare to January 1st 2020. Holly's seniority continues to be from June 2nd2019.

If you want to switch about the order of your choices you already have made a request for, it will not have an effect on your child's position on the waiting list or the date of your requests.
An example:
George was born on July 12th 2019 and has been signed up to Krokodillehaven institution as the first choice and Møllehuset  as the second choice on July 14th 2019. Both requests receive the seniority date of November 12th 2019.
On November 14th, the family wants to make Møllehuset their first choice, and so they switch about the two institutions, so Møllehuset becomes first choice and Krokodillehaven becomes second choice.  The seniority date remains November 12th 2019.

We can allocate a place to your child 2 months before the date they are eligible for a guarantee of childcare, at the earliest. The places will always be offered from the 1st or 16th of the month. Due to turnaround time, this will typically mean you will hear from us approx. 1-1½ months before the date you are eligible for a guarantee of childcare.

If your child is not covered by our childcare guarantee, you will only hear from us if we are able to fulfill your request. 

 

You will receive an offer for daycare in your private email account. The email will also be sent to you as Digital Post that you access via www.lifeindenmark.dk using your NemID. 

If your child has siblings in an institution or in private daycare, the child may receive a so-called “sibling advantage” (søskendefordel) which makes it more likely that the child can be taken care of in the same institution or same private daycare.

It is not possible to take on a sibling’s place after a sibling leaves an institution or private daycare.  To use the ‘sibling advantage’, siblings must attend the same institution or private daycare for a minimum of 14 days.

If parents have joint custody and the child lives with both parents on an alternating basis, this ‘sibling advantage’ can be used for children in the family where the child has their address registered.

Half siblings have ‘sibling advantage’ even if they do not live together. If you want to use the ‘sibling advantage’ for a half-sibling, contact Planning & Childcare Place Allocation (Planlægning og Pladsanvisning).

  1. If you decline an offer that is not one of your choices, we then consider the guarantee to have been fulfilled and your child’s seniority date will automatically be updated on the guarantee waiting list. The new seniority date would be calculated as follows: the date on which you respond to the offer + continuous month + 2 months
  2. If you decline an offer that is one of your choices on the requested waiting list, we will then consider the guarantee to have been fulfilled and your child’s seniority date will automatically be updated on the guarantee waiting list. The new seniority date would be calculated as follows: the date on which you respond to the offer + continuous month + 2 months
  3. If you refuse an offer of a childcare place, which is the only choice on your requested waiting list, we will remove the request and consider the guarantee to have been fulfilled. Thus, we will remove your wish for a guaranteed daycare place. This means that your seniority will also be annulled. If you decide to sign your child up again, it may take up to 3 months before your child can be offered a place again.

An example:

If your child is offered a place from April 1st and you decline by February 28th at the latest, then the guarantee seniority date is updated to May 1st.
If you decline after March 1st, the guarantee seniority date will be updated to June 1st.

  1. If you decline an offer that is not one of your choices, we will then consider the guarantee to have been fulfilled and your child’s seniority date will automatically be updated on the guarantee waiting. The new seniority date would be calculated as follows: the date which you respond to the offer + continuous month + 2 months.
  2. If you decline an offer that is not one of your choices, we will then consider the guarantee to have been fulfilled and your child’s seniority date will automatically be updated on the guarantee waiting. The new seniority date would be calculated as follows: the date which you respond to the offer + continuous month + 2 months.
  3. If you refuse an offered place, being the only choice on your requested waiting list, we will withdraw the request and consider the guarantee to have been fulfilled. Thus, we will withdraw your request for a guarantee daycare place.  This means that your seniority will also be annulled.  You will then be able to sign your child up again and it may take up to 3 months before your child can be offered a place again.

If your child rarely or never uses his or her place, your child may be released from our daycare services.

When your child rarely or never uses the space, the daycare institution will contact you first.  If your child still does not make use of his or her place, we will release your child from our daycare services.

If you have not made arrangements for starting daycare within one week after the start date, your child may be released from our daycare services. After that, it can take up to 3 months for your child to be offered a place again within the guarantee of childcare scheme.

If your child gets a place in a combined day nursery and kindergarten (integreret institution), the child can easily continue in the kindergarten department without having to sign up again.

A combined day nursery and kindergarten is an offer of childcare for children aged 0-6 years, which means that you are guaranteed childcare in the same institution until the child starts school.

If you would rather your child attend another institution when your child reaches kindergarten age, you are more than welcome to sign the child up to a requested kindergarten. Just be aware that you are not guaranteed an offer for a new kindergarten place when your child already is attending an integrated institution.

However, we would like to remind you that special rules apply if your child goes to Børnehuset Jægergårdsgade, which means that you nevertheless have to sign your child up for kindergarten.