Childcare in Graz

There are several options for childcare in Graz for babies and children from 0-4 years old. This list is by no means exhaustive! Contact us or one of the information centers linked below to find out more information about what might best fit your personal situation.

 

Nursery/Creche/Daycare Center (Kinderkrippe)

Daycare centers in Graz are generally open Monday through Friday, ranging anywhere from 6:30 am - 6 pm for a full day (Ganztagsbetreuung), or 7 am - 2 pm for a half day (Halbtagsbetreuung). The cost depends on your net income, but ranges from 100 EUR - 366 EUR per month for a full day including lunch. (Download the current table for 2018-2019 here.) Registration is generally done from mid-January through the first week in March for enrollment in September of the same year. However, you can submit an application at any time to be put on a waiting list at up to 3 institutions in case a free spot opens up in the meantime (Antrag auf Vormerkung in die Kinderkrippe). Children can begin daycare from ages 0-2. Children who turn 3 years old by August 31st attend preschool (Kindergarten) starting that September. (Kindergarten, however, is not mandatory until the age of 5!)

If you have moved to Graz recently and missed the registration deadline for the coming September, you can visit ABI-Service (see below) for a list of available spots (or to be put on a waiting list), and you can contact nearby daycare centers personally to arrange a visit and be put on their waiting lists. While no promises can be made, in general if both parents are working, a child will get a spot somewhere.

A daycare group will have between 12-14 children and 3 caretakers - 1 teacher (PädagogIn) and 2 caregivers (BetreuerInnen).

For more information and to register online, contact:

  • ABI-Service (Abteilung für Bildung und Integration - Department of Education and Integration):

  • Keesgasse 6, 8011 Graz (near Jakominiplatz)

  • Opening hours: Mon: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tues - Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Tel: 0316/872-7474 abiservice@stadt.graz.at www.graz.at/bildung

(or download their brochure in English).

 

Childminders/Day nannies (Tagesmütter/-väter)

A Tagesmutter or Tagesvater cares for up to 4 children in her/his own home or at a place of work. The costs vary, and for some you can receive financial support from the government. (See the subsidy table for 2018-19 here - this is the amount your family would receive as a subsidy, NOT how much you will pay!)

  • Tagesmütter Steiermark has information here. (German only)

  • Volkshilfe Steiermark lists available places here.

  • Hilfswerk Steiermark has contact information here.

 

Babysitters

Babysitters in Styria have the option of taking part in training courses, which teach them basics of childcare (BabysitterInnenausbildung).

  • Kinderdrehscheibe lists babysitters by city here.

  • EKIZ - Eltern-Kind-Zentrum Graz has a list of babysitters and Grandparents-for-Rent (Omas und Opas) who have completed their 35-hour training course here.

  • Staff and students at Karl-Franzens-University Graz can take advantage of the babysitter matching service at unikid.

 

Grandparents-for-Rent (Leihoma und -opa)

This service links families with elderly people who have free time and enjoy spending it with children.

  • Katholische Familienverband Steiermark offers Oma- und Opadienst here.

  • EKIZ - Eltern-Kind-Zentrum Graz has a list of babysitters and Grandparents-for-Rent (Omas und Opas) who have completed their 35-hour training course here.

  • Search under Betreut.at here.

 

*Note. Good in Graz serves to help foreigners understand several childcare options available and offer examples. Good in Graz does not endorse any of these sites or services, and does not vouch for their quality.* 

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