Licence for the operation of a Kindergruppe (parent-organised daycare centre) - application

German version

General information

If the requirements are met, Vienna Child and Youth Welfare Service (MA 11) can grant the licence for the operation of the Kindergruppe on application.

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  • A Kindergruppe is a parent-organised daycare centre that regularly provides care and education to minors (daycare children) up to the age of 16 (toddlers, pre-schoolers, and/or school children) against payment in suitable premises and is not part of a school or a licensed children’s daycare centre.
  • A licence from the Vienna Child and Youth Welfare Service (MA 11) is required for the operation of a Kindergruppe.
  • The legal entity operating the Kindergruppe may be a natural or legal person (corporation).
  • A licence is not granted if the applicant(s), any persons living in the same household, or members or representatives of the corporation might pose a threat to the welfare or safety of the daycare children. Please note: As part of the licensing process, the Vienna Child and Youth Welfare Service will request a police clearance certificate (German) from the Federal Police Directorate in Vienna. If deemed necessary, the Vienna Child and Youth Welfare Service may request an opinion from the Regional Office for Social Work with Families in the applicant's district, obtain an extract from the residence register, require a medical certificate, or make other enquiries.
  • The premises of a Kindergruppe must be suitable for long-term use. The size, equipment and furnishings of the premises must be appropriate for the education concept, and suitable for the age, needs and safety of the daycare children. The size of the premises must be at least four square metres per child and care provider.
  • At least one trained care provider of full legal age and capacity who has the necessary personal qualities to care for children is required for every Kindergruppe. Training for Kindergruppe care providers: 350 KB PDF (German)
  • A maximum of 14 daycare children may be in a Kindergruppe at any one time. If at least one child is younger than two years and there is no second care provider, the maximum is ten at any one time.




Vienna Child and Youth Welfare Service (Wiener Kinder- und Jugendhilfe) (MA 11) (German)
Legal Affairs Group, Section "Kindertagesbetreuung"
1030 Vienna, Rüdengasse 11
Phone: +43 1 4000-90923 or -90737
Fax: +43 1 4000-99-90739

  • Phone: +43 1 4000-90796 - Information for districts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21 and 23
  • Phone: +43 1 4000-90797 - Information for districts 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20 and 22

Information by phone: 7.30 am to 3.30 pm

Special info events on operating a children’s daycare facility (German) (one-stop shop)
Information events are held every second Wednesday in January, April, July and October.

Documents required

The following information is required in the application for a licence to operate a Kindergruppe:

  • Details on the personal suitability of the operator(s) and on the Kindergruppe
  • Documents relating to the ownership, tenancy or other legal status regarding the premises
  • Description of the location, size and furnishings of the premises, the room use, and the available play and activity opportunities and space for the children
  • Details on the number and professional suitability of the prospective care providers
  • Details on the intended number and age of daycare children and the education plans

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Proof of the right to use the premises, e.g., lease (contract)
  • Floor plan of the premises

Other documents that will be required in the course of the licensing process:

  • Certificate of inspection of all combustion systems (e.g. heaters, furnaces), chimneys, and electrical systems
  • For associations: Articles of association and extract from the register of associations (German)
  • For each applicant:
    • Birth certificate
    • Certificate of citizenship
    • CV
  • If the applicant or applicants are being represented by another party, a power of representation (letter of proxy) is required.
  • In individual cases and for non-EU citizens, further documents may be required, such as a permanent residence permit.
  • Required from at least one care provider:


There is no charge for the application.


Further information

We recommend submitting the education concept and current floor plans for the evaluation of the suitability of the premises for this purpose at application. The premises must be dedicated to the purpose of childcare by Building Inspection (MA 37).

You can find detailed information in our handbooks (in German):

Education plans (in German):

Advanced training (in German):

More information about parent-organised daycare centres (Kindergruppe) (German)

Legal basis (in German):

Contact for this page:
Service point (Vienna Child and Youth Welfare Service - Municipal Department 11)
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