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Last updated on 9. April 2021

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What are the rules for day care centres?

Federal state Answer
Baden-Württemberg Kitas are in regular operation under pandemic conditions, so emergency care is no longer required. However, parents are urged to care for their children at home if possible. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Bavaria A return to normal operation will only take place if the incidence is below 50. Kitas are open in limited regular operation, children are cared for in fixed groups, provided the incidence is between 50 and 100. If the incidence is above 100, emergency care will take effect. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Berlin From 8 April, emergency childcare will once again be available in Berlin's daycare centres for parents who work in care-related professions, are single parents or if there are urgent educational reasons for the children. Furthermore, children who have a cough or cold will no longer be cared for in the daycare centres, i.e. they will have to stay at home. This does not apply if there is a daily negative test. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Brandenburg Daycare centres and nurseries remain open, but parents are asked to look after their children at home and to use children's sick pay. Depending on the local infection situation, daycare centres may close. Please check with the respective facilities as there may be regional variations. Parental contributions are covered by the state if care is provided at home. A new option is the splitting of care (e.g. 3 days at home, 2 days at the day care centre), in which case the state pays the contributions proportionally. In counties or independent cities with particularly high infection rates, daycare centers must be closed if the 7-day incidence exceeds 300 over several days. Emergency care is offered. These regulations apply as long as the incidence values in a district or independent city are below 200. If this value is exceeded for three days in a row, daycare centers would close again. In this case, working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the day-care centre and school closure are entitled to the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Bremen Daycare centres in Bremen can open from 15 February, subject to hygiene regulations. A maximum of 60 children may be cared for together in fixed cohorts. There will be no compulsory testing for day-care children.
Hamburg Since January, daycare centres have been in extended emergency mode. This can only be used by single parents, parents in so-called system-relevant professions and families in need. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Hesse Parents who are unable to care for their children at home are still guaranteed care by the Kita. Parents are asked to look after their children at home. Please contact the respective facilities for more information. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the Kita and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Daycare centers remain open. Parents are asked to look after their children at home if possible. Depending on the incidence value, there may be different openings of the facilities. If the incidence value exceeds 150, the daycare centers will return to emergency care. Please check with the respective facilities for more information. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Lower Saxony Kitas are in restricted operation; this includes all children who have a place at the respective Kita. Should the new incidence reach a value of at least 100, Kitas are closed again and switched back to emergency care. This means that only 50% of the places are still available. Parents are asked to care for their children at home. Emergency care is available for children of parents (at least one parent) in systemically important jobs and in cases of special hardship. For working parents who must care for their children (under age 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is a benefit known as child sick leave. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
North Rhine-Westphalia Kitas remain open in limited pandemic operation. Groups will be reduced in size and the amount of childcare will be reduced by 10 hours per child. Parents are asked to care for their children at home if possible. Please contact your childcare facility for more information. You may not have to pay daycare fees for January. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the Kita and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Rhineland-Palatinate Daycare centers are open, but parents are urged to care for their children at home. Please check with the respective facilities for more information. From 7 April 2021, one self-test per week is to be available to all for all employees in childcare facilities as well as the aids to education. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Saarland Kitas are in limited regular operation under pandemic conditions. Please contact the respective facilities for more information. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Saxony Daycare facilities are open regardless of incidence. Please inform yourself at the respective facilities. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Saxony-Anhalt Daycare centres are gradually reopening to limited regular operation. Please contact the respective facilities for information, as the regulations in the individual regions differ depending on the infection situation. For working parents who have to look after their children (up to the age of 12) at home due to the daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Schleswig-Holstein In principle, the following regulations apply: Kitas are in regular operation under pandemic conditions. Since there are district-specific regulations, we recommend taking a look at the website: https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Coronavirus/Allgemeines/Regelungen_Kreise/regelungen_kreise_node.html If individual daycare centres are not allowed to open due to increased incidence, the daycare centre fee for parents will be waived. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Thuringia Kitas are open on a limited regular basis. Care is offered in fixed groups. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.