In Denmark, most parents work and their children attend a nursery, daycare or kindergarten during the day. Once the parental leave is over, children go to nursery or daycare until they are 2 years and 9 months old. After that, most children go to kindergarten ("børnehave" in Danish) until they start school, at around the age of 6.
Applying for Childcare
It is your responsibility to contact the office assigning daycare, ("Pladsanvisningen" in Danish), and sign your child up for a place at a nursery, kindergarten or school. Depending on which city you live in, you should expect waiting lists so you should apply early. If the municipality cannot give you a place immediately, your child will be put on a waiting list.
The earlier you apply, the greater the chance of finding a place when you need it. However, you cannot register before the child has received his/her CPR number.
We recommend that you visit or contact different institutions in order to find one that meets your needs. Note that not all kindergartens have English speaking staff. To ensure a good dialogue with the staff you can ask for an interpreter to participate in the meeting. The cost of this will be paid by the municipality.
Paying for childcare: The price of childcare is determined by the municipal board, but according to state law, parents must not be charged more than 25-28% of the cost of the child’s care in the institution.
Contact Pladsanvisningen for more information or to sign up for childcare, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 45 97 30 60
Telephone hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday – 9am – 1pm.
Thursday – 9am –4 pm. Wednesday – Closed
Please call to make an appointment if things can not be handled by e-mail or telephone.
International Daycare Centres
The municipality runs two international daycare centre called Børnehuset Drivhuset and Børnehuset Vandpytten. The two daycare centre has special English groups for children, who are going to continue in an international school in Denmark or abroad. The common language in the groups is English.
International groups, Preschools and Schools
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Lundtofteparken 43 A
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Sunrise International Preschool
The Little Montessori School
Children’s Garden International Preschool
Copenhagen International School
Bjørn’s International School
2100 København Ø
Sankt Petri Schule (German)
1451 København K
Lycée Français Prins Henrik (French)
Frederiksberg Allé 22A
1820 Frederiksberg C
Danish as a Second Language
Bilingual children can get special help to learn Danish as a second language if needed. This is a service provided by the municipal authority following an assessment of the child’s linguistic development by a language specialist. The role of the parents and the cooperation between the parents and the kindergarten are very important.
The municipality runs one special English-speaking kindergarten called Børnehuset Drivhuset. This kindergarten has a special English group for children, who are going to continue in an international school in Denmark or abroad. The common language in the group is English. For bilingual children who are looked after at home, language stimulation can be offered if needed.
If a bilingual child is in need of basic Danish skills, this tuition is provided at Lindegårdsskolen in reception groups - Velkomsthold for children aged 6-13, and at Lyngby- Taarbæk Ungdomsskole – LTU in reception classes ("modtagelsesklasser" in Danish). See www.lindegaardsskolen.dk and www.ltu.dk for more information.
If the child is in need of English as a second language at a supplementary level, special tuition will be offered at the school where the child is enrolled.
If your child finds it difficult to keep up with school work, he or she can receive extra tuition. This takes place after school hours. Speak to the class teacher about the different options in your child’s school.
The municipality provides free mother-tongue tuition to pupils whose parents are EU and EEA citizens and pupils from Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Tuition only takes place, however, if there is a sufficient number of registered pupils. At the current time, tuition in Dutch is offered. For other languages in the EU and EEA pupils are referred to other municipalities.
The municipality also offers mother-tongue tuition in other languages than those spoken by the EU, EEA and Greenland and the Faroe Islands. For this tuition, parents are charged 2/3 of the fee for mother-tongue tuition. At the current time, the municipality offers classes in Arabic.
Danish Public School (state schools)
Most Danish children who have reached school age go to the public school closest to their home. In general, children start school in the calendar year when they have their sixth birthday. As a general rule, there will always be a place available for your child in the school that is closest to where you live. However, if there are available places in other schools, you have the right to choose.
If you would like your child to attend a Danish public school, you should contact the municipality. They will inform you about which schools in your municipality offer enrolment with special assistance for children who do not speak Danish.
You have to sign up and pay for after-school activities. Contact Pladsanvisningen for more information email@example.com.
SFO (Skole Fritids Ordning – after-school care) is available to all children from preschool to 3rd grade. Every school has its own SFO, and you should register your child when you sign him or her up for school.
Klub Lyngby is the umbrella organisation for the nine after-school and youth clubs in Lyngby-Taarbæk. The after-school clubs (“fritidsklubber” in Danish) are for children from 4th to the 6th grade and the youth clubs (“ungdomsklubber” in Danish) are for students from 7th grade to age 19.
You have to sign up and pay for SFO and youth clubs. You can contact Pladsanvisningen, the office assigning daycare, for more information and to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 4597 3060
Lyngby-Taarbæk Ungdomsskole (Youth School): is available to young people in Lyngby-Taarbæk from the 7th grade to age 18. At Ungdomsskolen, you can sign up for more than 100 different courses and classes such as theatre, Japanese, motorcross, board game design, music and even candy-making – the choice is yours! All classes are free of charge but the students are charged for materials and field trips. Every year in August, a new programme is published (only in Danish) and it is available here. You can also sign up for Klubben (the club), which is an evening club where young people meet up on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to play ping pong, Wii and PlayStation, and to hang out. Klubben also arranges and hosts four parties (dances) every year. www.ltu.dk
Music School: Lyngby-Taarbæk Music School offers music lessons to children and young people from birth to 25 years old. The lessons take place at the local public schools and at the 2 music centres in the Lyngby and Virum areas. It is fun and educational to take classes at the music school, where many events and concerts are organised during the year and where students can perform in front of audiences with their fellow student musicians. You can have individual lessons or learn how to play an instrument in a small group. You can also play in a band, sing in a choir and much more. Find out more at www.lt-musikskole.dk or contact the music school: telephone 4597 3659.