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Get leave from childcare

You can apply for your child to get a leave from their childminder, day nursery, or kindergarten. Your child cannot get a leave from SFO or club.
You must apply for leave with a minimum of two months’ notice, and the leave must last for at least eight weeks.


    What to know about leave from childcare

    Leave must be applied for with at least two months' notice before the 1st or the 16th of the month.

    The earliest you can apply for leave is after the child has been using the place for at least one month.

    An example: If your child starts on the 1st of March, the earliest you can apply is on the 1st of April, and the leave can begin, with two months' notice, on the 1st of June. Therefore you cannot accept a childcare place and start by taking a leave.

    To apply for leave from your childminder, day nursery, or kindergarten, please get and fill in the form on this page.

    Send the form directly to the institution.

    When we have granted the leave, you will receive a notification from us.

    Remember: A leave always starts on the 1st or the 16th of the month, and it must last for at least two months.

    Application for a leave of absence

    According to Dagtilbudsloven (Day-Care Facilities Act) §11 all children that are not in an institution must have their language evaluated. The language evaluation is mandatory, regardless of the child's linguistic background. We carry out the evaluation when your child is between two years and ten months old, and three years and four months old.

    When your child is on leave from a nursery, kindergarten, or childminder, we equate the child with children outside childcare institutions. If your child is on leave between the age of two years and ten months, and three years and four months, we must carry out a language evaluation, or have an agreement of a language evaluation, before we can grant the leave.

    Do you wish to extend your child's leave? You must do this in writing by contacting the Placement Service (Pladsanvisningen) by Digital Post. You must contact us two months before the original leave expires at the latest.

    Do you wish to cancel your child's leave? Then you must contact the Placement Service (Pladsanvisningen).

    If you cancel your child's leave we do not guarantee the same childcare place. We guarantee an equivalent childcare place, according to the childminding guarantee. As soon as possible, we will send out a new offer for childcare after the cancelled leave.

    Do you wish to withdraw your child from a childcare place, while the child is on leave or after the leave expires? Then you must send a written withdrawal with two months' notice to the 15th or the last day of the month to the Placement Service (Pladsanvisningen) using Digital Post. 

    If the child's leave lasts for more than three months, we will cancel the free or subsidised childcare place. Therefore, you must apply for a new free or subsidised childcare place, when the leave expires.

    Last updated: 15. February 2024