Childcare in Munich
For good reason, Munich is focusing on the care of the very young: Since August 1, 2013 , children ages 1 to 3 have the legal right to care in a day-care center. This is a special challenge to Munich with its more than 1 million residents. The demand in Munich is significantly higher than the estimated 46 percent figure (2016) for the care of children under 3 in Germany as a whole. And then there is the Bavarian capital’s baby boom, which has not subsided.
Although the city is creating new spaces at full speed, the effort is still missing many of Munich’s mini-residents. Parents who cannot find a space for a child can turn to the KITA-Elternberatung (parents childcare advice) at Landsberger Straße 30 (Tel. 233-967 71). Here you get an overview of all the types of day care available citywide, including day nurseries, play groups and day-care parents. Parent initiatives and private facilities also offer alternatives to public facilities, although you have to dig a bit deeper into your pockets with them. In turn, you benefit from special services such as bilingual care, small groups and flexible hours of operation for parents in the professions.
The city, in combination with the independent providers, has reached a rate of local care of 92 percent for children between the ages of 3 and 6, and the figure continues to climb. You can find comprehensive information on Munich child care and a database containing the facilities of all the providers at www.muenchen.de/kinderbetreuung.
Childcare facilities in Munich
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Comprehensive information from creche to after-school care. You carry out a targeted search for facilities in your neighborhood.
›› Ludwigsvorstadt, Bayerstr. 28, info line for childcare facilities Tel. 2 33-9 67 75, www.muenchen.de/kindertagesbetreuung
›› Haidhausen, Gravelottestr. 8, Tel. 4 58 32-0, www.awo-muenchen.de
Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz
›› Obersendling, Perchtinger Str. 5, Tel. 23 73-280, www.brk-muenchen.de
›› Maxvorstadt, Hirtenstr. 2-4, Tel. 55 16 90, www.caritasmuenchen.de
›› Neuhausen, Landshuter Allee 40, Tel. 12 69 91-0, -151, www.im-muenchen.de
Center for parent initiatives, private childcare.
›› Isarvorstadt, Landwehr Str. 60-62, Tel. 9 61 60 60-0, www.elterninitiativen-muenchen.de
›› Neuperlach, Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 4, Tel. 30 61 11 06, www.paritaet-bayern.de
Bilinguale Krippe & bilingualer Kindergarten PhorMinis München
Bilingual (German/English) Kindergarten with Preschool programme. The Kindergarten also provides places for crèche children from the age of 18 months on.
›› Bogenhausen, Maria-Theresia-Str. 35, Tel. 324 93 37 65, www.muenchen.phorms.de
Busy Bees International Preschool
Private English-speaking kindergarten in south Munich oriented towards the Montessori educational theory open to children of every nationality and culture. Learning takes place through play and relevant activities for children in two groups for ages 3 to 6. Numerous activities in the areas of art, music, sports and dance are also offered.
›› 82131 Gauting, Planegger Str. 4, Tel. 89 54 67 71, www.-busybees-preschool.de
English-German nursery school for 3-6 year olds with Schüler-Hort.
›› Sendling, Gaißacher Str. 17, Tel. 746 07 00, www.chocolate-butterflies.de
cocon Kinderkrippe & Kindergarten
Private bilingual school with spacious outdoor areas for children aged between nine weeks and six years. The opening hours are Monday to Friday 7 am to 6 pm. Thanks to a high teacher-child-ratio in a highly qualified and loving team, a manifold pedagogic program, a fresh and certified organic kitchen as well as spacious premises, cocon offers an environment where children feel comfortable and learn & grow up in a playful way.
›› Bogenhausen, Buschingstr. 6, Tel. 99 90 98 50
›› Waldtrudering, Waldschulstr. 44, Tel. 999 09 85-0
Elly & Stoffl
Private kindergarten and day nursery for children aged four months to 6. Bilingual groups – a choice of German-English and German-French – as well as high flexibility for working parents, open 7 am to 7 pm. In addition, the first Kneipp® kindergarten in Munich emphasizes a healthy lifestyle including sufficient exercise and healthy nutrition.
›› Info: 66 66 33 99-19 ν Bogenhausen, Röntgenstr. 15, Tel. 78 79 79 310
›› Solln, Sollner Str. 38, Tel. 72 48 14 70
›› Schwanthalerhöhe, Schwanthalerstr. 111, Tel. 51 08 91 50
›› Laim, Elsenheimerstr. 7-13, Tel. 70 09 69 37
›› Schwabing, Anni-Albers-Str. 11, Tel. 97 60 81 04
›› Cosimapark, Vollmannstr. 53, Tel. 92 33 45 40
›› Nymphenburg, Dall’Armistr. 71, Tel. 59 97 94 87
German-French kindergarten with two groups; toddlers (18 months to 3) and youngsters (3-6).
›› Maxvorstadt, Gabelsbergerstr. 81, www.etreenfant.com
Munich’s first Italian-German kindergarten and creche.
›› Ramersdorf, Balanstr. 94, www.girotondo.de
Gymboree Play & Music
Bilingual (German/ English) playgroup for 2-4 year olds.
›› Bogenhausen, Richard-Strauss-Str. 80, Tel 23 23 29 96, www.gymboreedeutschland.de
Children aged from 6 months to 6 are playfully taught languages in groups with French and English-German supervisors.
›› Schwabing, Klopstockstr. 4
›› Neuhausen, Leonrodstr. 46 & Dom-Pedro-Str. 17
›› Harras, Sendling-Westpark, Trautmannstr. 1 & Westpark, Heiterwanger Str. 36
›› Moosach, Hanauerstr. 1
›› Blumenau, Hadern, Terofalstr. 25
›› Aubing, Industriestr. 28 & Kronwinklerstr. 24
›› Neuperlach, Peschelanger 3
›› Tel. 97 39 46 99, www.infanterix.de
International Kids Campus
In this bilingual kindergarten, children aged two-and-a-half to 6 are cared for by an English-speaking and German-speaking carer in same-age groups of about 20, according to international school standards. Munich’s first IB World School Kindergarten places children in the foreground. The International Kids Campus is open from 8 am to 6.15 pm.
›› Feldmoching, Lerchenauerstr. 197, Tel. 540 42 66 19, www.theikc.com
Bilingual (German/English) nursery and nursery school run by the Ernst v. Borries educational trust.
›› Pasing, Kaflerstr. 14, Tel. 203 27 99-11, www.comenius-muenchen.de
450 children aged between six months and 6 years are looked in bilingual (German/English) groups in seven locations run by the Joki childcare service. Joki’s day nursery in Forstenried has German-Spanish groups.
›› Pasing, Haidelweg 46
›› Forstenried, Possenhofener Str. 18
›› Johanniskirchen, Freischützstr. 94-96
›› Harlaching, Birkenleiten 41
›› Moosach, Lerchenauer Str. 162
›› Obermenzing, Kaspar-Kerll-Str. 20
›› Trudering, Birthälmer Str. 78
›› NEW from 2019: Sendling, Neuhofener Platz (Fallstr. 34 rear building)
›› Tel. 94 39 75 64, www.joki-kinderbetreuung.de
Kindergarten for 3- to 6-year-olds with a German-English and German-French group. Also a day nursery for children from six months.
›› Ramersdorf, Balanstr. 136, Tel. 85 63 41 59, www.kinderhaus-laterne.de
German-English day nursery for 6 to 12 year olds, 24 children, open till 5.15 pm.
›› Maxvorstadt, Nymphenburger Str. 86, Tel. 12 02 28 80, www.kinderhouse.de
German-English nursery for 2-6 year olds. Parent-childen initiative.
›› Feldmoching, Tagetesstr. 6, Tel. 354 30 61, www.lerchennest.de
Munich’s first bilingual (German-English) forest kindergarten offers 20 childcare places for children from 3 years old to school starting age. The teachers are native speakers so they speak in their own language. English is spoken as the permanent everyday language along with German so the children acquire language skills through the immersion method in a natural way. Almost all childcare activities take place outdoors whatever the weather.
›› Aubing-Lochhausen, Bienenheimstraße, vis-à-vis Waldgaststätte Bienenheim, Tel. 203 27 99-11, www.lumberjack-muenchen.de
22 children aged 3-6 are cared for in this German-English kindergarten in northern Munich. It is run by the MIA (Montessori Internationales Ausbildungszentrum e.V.), according to Montessori methods. As well as bilingual care, the focus also includes social development, physical exercise and music. There is a garden play area.
›› Feldmoching, Espenstr. 1a, Tel. 354 17 52, www.montessori089.de
English-speaking Montessori children’s day care center in west Munich organized by parents, 24 children from different countries aged three to six are cared for between 7.30 am and 4.30 pm by four loving carers. Diverse afternoon activities include music, sport and science. Freshly cooked lunch daily, healthy snacks twice a day.
›› Pasing, Josef-Retzer-Str. 46, Tel. 82 97 90 03, www.rainbow-preschool.de
Gymboree Play & Music
Play and learning center in Munich’s Bogenhausen with a wide range of German and English classes including baby and children’s courses (2 months-5 years), children’s birthday days (1-5 years) and an international preschool (2-4 years). The baby courses support the baby’s individual development. For older children there are music, creative and sports courses, along with classic “learn through play” activities.
›› Bogenhausen, Richard-Strauss-Str. 80, Tel 23 23 29 96, www.gymboreeclasses.de
Helen Doron English
While many adults learn a new language only with great difficulty – for toddlers and young children it’s literally child’s play. The tried and tested learning through play method is in the forefront here for children from an early age whatever their native language. Offered are age-appropriate courses for babies aged from three months to 19-year-old teenagers. Courses are taught in small groups of four to eight children using the effective Mother-Tongue approach.
›› Obergiesing, Georg-Meisenbach-Str. 1, Tel. 0 163/756 67 03, www.helendoron.de
Munich Mommies & Munchkins
International activity group for children aged up to 4. Open two days a week for learning through play, dance, song, arts and crafts.
›› Sporthalle des TSV Milbertshofen, Hans-Denzinger-Str. 2, Tel. 0 15 16/-521 81 45, www.munichmommiesandmunchkins.com