Having your child looked after in a childcare structure

Here we present to you a number of structures for looking after your children, from a very young age up to 12 years old:

Crèches

The purpose of a crèche is to look after children between the ages of 3 months and 4 years, i.e. before the child's compulsory schooling starts. Whether it is run by the municipality, operated under an agreement with the State, or private, a crèche must meet the same stringent rules on hygiene and safety. The hours are relatively strict, and children who are ill are not allowed to attend.

Crèches operate according to different educational concepts. Thus there are crèches having a more organic approach, company crèches, multilingual crèches, woodland crèches ('Bëschcrèche'), etc. There are not yet any night-time crèches in the Grand Duchy. The City of Luxembourg has decided to address this need, however, and has announced plans to open a crèche operating 24 hours a day.

For details of the procedure for 'Obtaining vouchers for out-of-school childcare', please consult the Citizens' portal.

Day nurseries

Day nurseries take children between the ages of 2 months and 8 years for a maximum of 16 hours per week. It is more particularly an occasional help for families, or a good way of getting children who are looked after on their own used to being with other children. Like crèches, day nurseries may be run by the municipality, operated under an agreement with the State, or private.

For details of the procedure for 'Obtaining vouchers for out-of-school childcare', please consult the Citizens' portal (in French).

Day centres

Day centres take schoolchildren between the ages of 4 and 12 years, i.e. up to the end of fundamental education. Day centres are open outside classroom hours, and during school holidays. The children eat lunch together at the canteen, and do their homework there in the afternoon.

For details of the procedure for 'Obtaining vouchers for out-of-school childcare', please consult the Citizens' portal.

'Maison relais' for children

The 'maison relais' concept — a new concept in daycare centres for children — was created in 2005. In close cooperation with the municipal authorities, the Ministry of Family Affairs and Integration proposed setting up a broad network of flexible centres for children and their families.

These houses are much more flexible in terms of hours and conditions than crèches and day nurseries. They look after children from the age of 3 or 4 years up to 12 years, and in some cases up to the age of 18. The 'maisons relais' are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and offer supervision, a meal, activities, and help with homework.

Thus they make it easier for parents to combine their family commitments with their work.

For details of the procedure for 'Obtaining vouchers for out-of-school childcare', please consult the Citizens' Portal.

Parental assistants

It is also possible to have your child looked after by a parental assistant; these assistants are paid to look after children in their own home, in a family-style atmosphere. Their hours are often more flexible than those of crèches and day nurseries, and children are looked after even when they are ill. Parents should contact the 'Agence Dageselteren'.

For details of the procedure for 'Obtaining vouchers for out-of-school childcare', please consult the Citizens' Portal.

Early childhood education

Early childhood education is a childcare structure which follows an educational programme; it is available for children 3 to 4 years old. It forms an integral part of the first cycle of the Grand Duchy's educational system but, unlike the two compulsory years of pre-school education, it is optional.

For details of the procedure for 'Enrolling a child for the first cycle of fundamental education (early childhood)', please consult the Citizens' portal.

  • Updated 20-11-2017