Services for Families
Children under 3 years of age
Play groups, child minders and nursery schools are all available, if you need them. Play groups are basically the pre-stage for nursery schools and the service is usually available just 2-3 times a week for about 3 hours. Child minders offer individual care for your children. The government may financially support parents who are still students. Nursery school services may differ from one provider to another, since no standard regulations apply. You can contact "Babysitter- und Tagesmütterkartei des Mütterzentrums Kassel" (Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 171) on 0561-7390025 for the child care service. Information is also available online.
Children aged 3-6
You can find three kinds of child care service for children aged between 3 and 6 in and around Kassel. Supervised basic schooling offers services of up to 3 teaching hours per day in coordination with primary schools. Supervised basic schooling I with after-school care extends the period of care until 3 p.m., while supervised basic schooling after-school care II stays open until 5 p.m.
Registering for day care
It is possible for you to find day care for your children from the time that they are born until they are six years old, either at a day care centre (Kindergarten) or with a child minder. However, children aged three or more have a greater chance of gaining a day care place. Children younger than three are also entitled to day care, provided that both parents work or are participating in vocational training or receiving further education. The monthly fees for day care are determined according to the parents’ income. If you would like day care for your child or children in a small group (between three and five children), then a child minder is recommended. You can find a child minder either through private channels or via the Youth Welfare Office. If you are looking for a babysitter for a few hours during the afternoon or evening, then please look for information at the Welcome Point, the local newspapers, posters or babysitting agencies.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Researchwebsite
Here is the new website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for day care: www.vorteil-kinderbetreuung.de. You can discover more Information, addresses and local services about child care. The various types of child care in Germany are presented on the website and the site offers support to help parents decide on the best option – i.e. which form of care is appropriate for their child. The service portal helps you find information about the local contact persons and partners for child care facilities in your area.
Day care at the University of Kassel
We can provide you with information about day care facilities.
Kita HoPla, Kinder!
Studierendenwerk, Moritzstr. 31,
+49 561 804-7210
This new day care facility is organised by the Student Services Organisation and the University of Kassel for students who have children aged under 3. For more information, contact Mrs Lengemann at the Student Services Organisation on +49 561 804-2800.
Marga Simon, Moritzstr. 24,
+49 561 8702403
8:45 a.m. till 3.15 p.m.
Day care for children aged 1 to 3
Kinderladen Kleine Strolche e. V.
Mondays to Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For children of students and staff aged between 2¾ and 6.
Kindertagesstätte Krabbelkiste e. V.
For children aged 2-6.
Elterninitiative NORA e.V. –day care at the university
Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
For children of students and employees at Kassel University between the ages of 18 months and the time that they start school.
Montessori - Kinderhaus Wunderland
Monday - Friday from 7:15 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For children from 18 months to school age with a flexible schedule involving 30, 36, 40 or 45 hours a week with a lunch break. If you need more hours, you can ask whether this if feasible. There are places specially reserved for children of students and staff at the University of Kassel.
Kinderladen Fontanestraße e. V.
Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For children over 18 months up to school age
Day Cares in the City of Kassel
- Information about the Day Cares in the City
- Directory for Day Cares
You can find more information on day care centers for children aged under 3 from "Childe Services" in Kassel, as an example: field trips, +49 561 787-5160.
Specialized Day Care Centers
Kindertagesstätte "Die Frechdachse"
Studierendenwerk Kassel, Am Sande 1, 37213 Witzenhausen
+49 561 804-7210 or +49 5542 5008295
Die Frechdachse website
For children of students and employees at the University of Kassel aged 1 and 2.
Oekumenisches Kinderhaus St. Jakob
Hinter den Teichhöfen 15/15a,
+49 5542 1240,
+49 5542 507778
Oekumenisches Kinderhaus Witzenhausen
For children aged 9 months to 6 years and elementary school children aged 6-12.
Krabbelgruppe und Kindergarten der Stadt Witzenhausen
Walburger Str. 45,
+49 5542 502-9982
Types of School and Compulsory Education
Attending a school is compulsory for children throughout Germany from the age of 6 years upwards. Children normally attend elementary school for four years. In exceptional cases, it is possible for them to start school at the age of five, while seven is the maximum age. There is no standard secondary school system in the 16 German states. However, though the names of the types of schools and school exams may vary from state to state, they are mutually recognized. Having completed elementary school, the pupil, teaching staff and parents decide what form the child’s further education should take. The decision is based not only on the child’s academic achievements, but also on their personal circumstances.
There are three main types of secondary school: general, secondary modern and grammar schools. Comprehensive schools, which exist in most states, combine all forms of secondary education in a single school. Alternatively, it is possible to attend schools offering the general and secondary modern school leaving certificates.
Having attained a general or secondary modern school leaving certificate, pupils have several choices: they can attend a school that qualifies them for a career or further studies or they can begin professional training in the dual system – so-called because it combines both practical and theoretical knowledge. Once they have completed 9 or 10 years of schooling required by law, pupils are required to attend vocational school for a further three years. The final examination taken by pupils attending a grammar school is known as the Abitur. Pupils who gain this qualification are entitled to study at a university or technical college.
Education at state-run schools is free of charge. If you not wish to send your children to a state-run school, there are a number of alternatives: these include privately-run day schools and boarding schools, not to mention Waldorf schools.
As a young immigrant entering Germany, you may need to take special courses and receive additional instruction in order to be integrated into the German school system. Most towns offer international courses that prepare young people for the transition to the regular school system. Integration into a secondary school can prove particularly difficult. Local education authorities can give you information on the opportunities that are available.
School attendance is mandatory for children ages 6 to 15 in all German states. Home-education is generally not allowed, except for children suffering from an illness that does not allow school attendance, or in the case that a foreign family is only staying in Germany for a short time. Exemption from school attendance is only granted by application and decided on a case-by-case basis.
According to the German Constitution, every federal state is responsible for education within its borders. Therefore, school systems and curricula can differ from one state to another.
Public schools do not charge tuition fees. Most schools offer only half-day classes.
Graduating from primary school consists of completing grades 1-4. There are then three potential paths of development, distinguished by type of school and degree obtained.
- Secondary Modern School consists of grades 5-9/10.
- Secondary School leading to intermediate qualification or Junior High School is for grades 5-10.
- Grammar School or High School is for grades 5-12/13.
This degree is required for study at a university or college.
In addition, comprehensive schools integrate the above three models and divide students according to their accomplishments - Unified Primary, High School and Secondary School.
For further information, please contact us or the Education Authority of Kassel:
Holländische Str. 141, 34127 Kassel
+49 561 8078-0
+49 561 8078-110
You must register your children at a school of your choice or at the school in your area of residence. Please contact the respective school director for specific information about the application procedure.
- A certificate of residence, to be obtained from the Citizen Services Office
- A birth certificate(s) for your child/children
- A residence permit
- Certificates of prior school achievements