In Germany, children who are not yet in school receive childcare in Kindertageseinrichtungen (Kitas) (day care centres) and from child minders (Kindertagespflege) (day care). At the Kita and during Kindertagespflege children can play and learn German.
All children who are no longer living in a Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung (EA) (Initial Reception Centre) and are at least one year old have a legal right to a free place in a Kita for 5 hrs a day (including lunch). The care period can be extended up to 12 hours per day if the parents are working, participating in further education / training, taking part in a German course for migrants or an integration course.
If you are looking for a place in a Kita (day care centre) please ask the management of your accommodation for help. The informational materials contained in “Ein Kita-Platz für unser Kind (A day care place for our child)” consist of a brochure and a short video. They inform parents in simple German as well as several foreign languages (Turkish, Polish, Russian, English, French, Arabic and Persian) about the benefits of a Kita (day care centre), the general conditions and the right way to get a Kita placement: www.hamburg.de/kita/4362936/ein-kitaplatz-fuer-unser-kind/
Children without Aufenthaltsstatus (resident status) aged 1 – 6 years may receive a placement into the care of a Hamburg Kita (day care centre) from the “Zentralen Information und Beratung für Flüchtlinge GmbH (Central Information and Advice for Refugees“ (Flüchtlingszentrum Hamburg). The care period amounts to five hours per day on five week days. This includes lunch for the children.
Applications and forms for applying for grants to aid with day care can be found here: goo.gl/v5FcLs www.hamburg.de/antraege/#anker_2
Further information can be found online: www.hamburg.de/fluechtlingskinder/4619422/anspruch-kindertagesbetreuung/