Kindergarten Däumeling.

Before going to school, it is mandatory for kids to go to a Kindergarten/child-care center for at least one year, to guarantee a smooth and successful start.

Mandatory for whom?

Every kid who is already 5 years old before September 1st that year and has his or her main place of residence in Vienna.


Every kid has to be at the Kindergarten for at least 20 hours per week on at least 4 days of the week.


There has to be a justified reason for not coming to the Kindergarten. E.g.: sickness, vacation (max. 5 weeks per year), or extraordinary reasons. The Kindergarten has to be informed, if a child is not coming.


The violation of these rules might lead to a fine of up to 220€. The Kindergarten is duty-bound to notify public authorities.

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