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After-School-Care Voucher

(Hort Gutschein)

An After-School Care Voucher, commonly referred to as a Hort Gutschein, offers a supportive solution for working parents seeking supervised care for their school-age children. This guide outlines the step-by-step process of obtaining a Hort Gutschein, adhering to the specific regulations of your local municipality.

Step 1: Check Eligibility

The Hort Gutschein assists employed parents by providing subsidized after-school care, ensuring a secure and enriching environment for children outside of school hours. The application should be submitted to the youth welfare office (Jugendamt). Confirm your eligibility for a Hort Gutschein by reviewing the criteria, which often consider factors such as your employment status, income, and the age of your child.


Step 2: Find the right Jugendamt

Locate the youth welfare office in your district responsible for After-School-Care Voucher. Here is a list of all the youth welfare offices in Berlin.


Step 3: Gather Required Documents

Compile the necessary documents to support your application (all translated to german):

  • Application form (we can help you fill it out)
  • Proof of Identity: Your identification documents such as ID cards or passports.
  • Income Verification: Documentation reflecting your income level.
  • Employment Evidence: Documents establishing your employment status.
  • Child’s Birth Certificate: Proof of your child’s age.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

Submit the completed application form along with the necessary supporting documents to the Jugendamt. This can be done by post.


Step 5: Application Review

The Jugendamt will carefully go through your application and documents. Be ready for possible follow-up questions or requests for more information. Keep in mind that the process may take between 4-8 weeks.


Step 6: Receive the Hort Gutschein

Once approved, you’ll get the Hort Gutschein, which basically spells out what kind of after-school care and for how long you’re eligible. This voucher usually stays valid for a set time and takes care of the costs for the specified childcare.


Step 7: Select a Suitable After-School Care Provider

Use that Hort Gutschein to pick from the after-school care spots that accept these vouchers. Take your time checking out different places to find the one that’s just right for your kid. Note that most schools have a specific Hort that’s closely connected to them.


Important Tips:

  • Timely Application: Apply well in advance to secure a Hort Gutschein ahead of your child’s anticipated need for after-school care.
  • Explore Available Options: Research available after-school care providers to make an informed decision aligned with your child’s needs.
  • Maintain Records: Keep copies of all submitted documents, including the Hort Gutschein, for your personal records.
  • Renewal Awareness: Stay informed about any renewal requirements, as vouchers might necessitate periodic renewal.

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