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Child day care

An attractive flexible form of childcare

Child day care is a care service offered in a small, manageable group with a permanent caregiver. Especially for the care of very young children, day care is an attractive and flexible form of care because of the family atmosphere and the close relationship, which also makes it easier to combine family and work. This form of care offers a safe and secure framework due to the possibility of intensive attention.

In day care, children aged 0 to 14 are cared for all day or in addition to the day care centre or school. As a rule, a day care worker looks after up to five children in his/her own household. Other models of child day care include care in the parents' household, in other suitable premises or in a large day care centre (a network of child day carers).

In order to be able to care for children in day care in Bocholt, a "permit for day care" from the Department of Youth, Family, School and Sport is required.

Early childhood education is a central component of day care for children

Child day carers are qualified for the education, care and upbringing of children; they have at least a qualification based on the so-called DJI curriculum. They accompany the children in their development. They offer diverse educational opportunities that also holistically promote the social and linguistic development of the children.

They plan educational offers and enable the children to make their own experiences and get to know the world. In day care, individual support and encouragement according to the inclinations and abilities of the individual child are combined with joint education and upbringing in the small group in a special way.

Frequently asked questions

Are you looking for a childminder for your child? What does day care offer parents and children?

  • personal care that is individually tailored to your situation
  • care times that are flexibly adapted to your time requirements
  • individual support for the child according to qualified standards
  • fixed caregivers within a stable family framework
  • loving care in small groups of up to five children.

How high are the costs for day care?

As a child and youth welfare service, day care is no more expensive for parents than a place in a day care centre. The so-called parental contribution depends on the annual income, the age of the child and the amount of time spent in care.

If siblings attend an open all-day school, a day care centre or a day care centre at the same time, parents only pay one contribution.

The costs are set out in the current "Statutes on the levying and amount of parental contributions for the care of children in day care (Tagespflegebeitragssatzung)".

-> Day care fee statutes until 31.7.2023

-> Day care fee statutes as of 1.8.2023

-> Info sheet: Parental contributions for day care

Note: The child day carer receives from the Department of Youth, Family, School and Sport, among other things, a fee for their care services and the material costs. The child day carers are not allowed to charge parents any fees, with the exception of an appropriate contribution for meals, hygiene articles, etc.

How do I become a child day care worker?

The Youth, Family, School and Sports Department of the City of Bocholt is looking for motivated individuals who are interested in working as a child day care worker.

If you enjoy working with children, can offer a family environment, are flexible, responsible and cooperative, we would like to recruit you as a child day care worker. Child day care offers an attractive way to combine family and career. Within the framework of this self-employed activity, you will have the opportunity to freely organise your working hours within a coherent concept.

For more information about the possibilities and perspectives of this varied field of activity and about the entry requirements for qualification as a child day care worker, please contact the specialist counselling service. In the guidelines for the promotion of children in child day care of the city of Bocholt, you can find out more about the procedure for determining suitability or remuneration, among other things.

Here you can find the guidelines for the promotion of children in day care in the city of Bocholt.

What are the services of the Youth and Family Department?

The professionals in day care for children

  • advise and inform you on all questions concerning day care for children
  • issue the childcare permit after a positive examination and provide basic and ongoing training for childminders
  • arrange personal meetings with parents in need of care
  • accompany child minders and parents
  • offer support in conflict situations.

Where can I find the right childcare place?

In the city of Bocholt, around 300 childcare places are offered by approximately 100 childminders. The counselling service of the city of Bocholt arranges a childcare place in personal meetings according to individual needs and wishes.

Appointments can be made by telephone or a request for a place can be submitted in writing by post or by e-mail to the responsible counsellor.

You can download the application form here.

During the childcare relationship, the counsellor remains the contact person and accompanies and supports both the parents and the childcare providers.