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Eltern helfen Eltern e.V. - Parent-run childcare facilities

Information and advice for parent-run childcare facilities

Although Münster does have sufficient daycare provision, providing appropriate, close to home places for children under three remains a goal to strive for.

Eltern helfen Eltern e.V. was founded in 1985 to try to improve the provision of extrafamilial childcare. The association now comprises 73 daycare centres as members in the sponsorship of a parents' initiative or as cooperation partners. in Münster and the surrounding communities. Setting up a new daycare centre in Münster is now, however, almost impossible.

The association also represents nearly 10 playgroups, at which between six and ten children aged from 2 to 3½ are looked after by an educator and an additional employee or a parent (on a rota system) two to three times per week. These groups offer young children contact with children of their own age and give parents a little free time, but by their nature are of no help to parents who need to combine a family and work/university.

Information on and details of the philosophies of all of the daycare centres and many of the playgroups can be found on the association’s website:

The website also includes information on free places at both daycare centres and playgroups. However, the procedure for registering and admission to the daycare centres is now carried out via the daycare navigator of the city of Münster. Each daycare provider decides about admission on their own


Eltern helfen Eltern e.V.
Paritätisches Zentrum                 
Dahlweg 112                                       
48153 Münster                                                  

Tel: 0251/778474           
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