Almost 90% of children between the ages of 0-3 are taken care of by family or informal arrangements. There are however some regulated care centres that exist. These include:
- Creches which take care of children between 0-3 years of age. In the crèches, group sizes are twelve in public centres or ten in private centres, with child-staff ratios of 12:2 or 10:2.
- Child minders who take care of children between three months and three years in their own home. The Lisbon area in particular has many childminders. A childminder takes care of children between the ages of three months and three years in their own home. Childminders may take care of a maximum of four children, or three if they have a child of their own who is younger than three years of age.
- Kindergartens which cater to children between 3 and 5 years of age. Kindergartens are staffed by child educators (educadores de infância) with a four-year university or polytechnic training. The maximum size for a kindergarten class is 25.
Below are some links to help you find a childcare solution.