Fees and subsidies
The daily fee for children in day care is subsidised. Subsidies are available for single parents and students and can begin when a child is 6 months old, but 9 months for cohabitating or married couples.
Parents who use their service sign a contract with the City of Reykjavík, which day care providers agree to and then send on to the respective municipal service centre. Parents receive a copy of the contract. If parents would like to terminate the day care service, there is a specific form which the day care service provider has and it must be filled out. The day care service provider also must confirm that the child is no longer receiving their day care services.
The day care service providers dispense the information about the fee and fee collection. The City of Reykjavik pays a certain amount for every child in day care. The subsidy for the day care fee depends on the parents’ marital and educational status.
Who can apply?
Parents need to be legally residents in Reykjavik in order to get a subsidy from the City of Reykjavik for home-based day care. Parents also receive a subsidy for the day care fee if they have a child in a day care in another municipality than Reykjavik.
List of Day Care service providers
Comments, complaints and further information
Comments or complaints about the day care service should be submitted to the day care counsellor in each municipal service centre.
In order for a complaint to be followed up, it must be submitted in writing. You can get the necessary form from the municipal service centre. The complainant can request anonymity as regards the day care provider, but must list a name for the day care counsellor.
If a written complaint is submitted because of the work of a day care provider, he or she is contacted and notified that a complaint has arrived. The main substance of the complaint is not discussed over the phone, instead two day care counsellors visit the provider where he/she gets a chance to object. What will be done depends on the complaint according to the regulations regarding home-based day care.