Private Kitas in Berlin – Are they An Option?19 April 2022 | By Lisa H
We regularly get the question whether there are any private Kitas in Berlin that might have a spot more quickly for families.
First off, private Kitas is a bit of a confusing term since there are Kitas run by the city of Berlin (Eigenbetriebe) and all the rest are “private” Kitas, meaning they are run by organizations not affiliated with the city. However, they still require the Kita-Gutschein and extra fees are capped at €90 per child, per month (see our article on "How Much Does a Kita Cost in Berlin").
In terms of truly private Kitas that operate outside of the system, there’s only a couple plus some that run an in-between model.
Here’s an overview (in no particular order):
Villa Luna (Charlottenburg, 1-6 years, bilingual English-German)
This is a small bilingual Kita with spots for 70 kids in 4 groups.
Kita-Gutschein accepted? Yes – if you don’t have one yet, you can pay the amount out of pocket.
Fees: €300-450 per month, depending on your Gutschein/hours.
How to get a spot?
Unfortunately, the waitlists for this Kita are also very long :( Fill in the contact form on their website to get on their waitlist and receive more information.
If and when they have an open spot, they will invite 2-3 families to visit the Kita to see if it is a good fit. One family will be lucky enough to get the spot. They contact families mainly based on the age and gender of their child, preferring those that keep in touch regularly (tip: contact them at the end of each month to let them know you’re still interested).
A full-time Kita voucher is a nice to have but not a prerequisite at this Kita.
What’s special about this Kita? In addition to the “regular” German speaking teachers, the Kita also employs an additional native English speaker. (Kids are not required to speak English or German when they start.) What’s more, they freshly prepare all healthy meals for the kids in-house.
Learn more on their website: https://villaluna.de/berlin/kita-berlin/
Check back to see if any reviews have been posted about this Kita: https://www.kietzee.com/kitas/kita-villa-luna-berlin
Kant Kindergarten (Wilmersdorf, Steglitz (1-6 years) and Dahlem (3-6 years, bilingual English-German)
This small "chain" has three locations in Southwest Berlin.
Kita-Gutschein accepted? Yes – otherwise you have to pay out of pocket (€60 per child, per day).
Fees: We were unable to find out the exact amount but it is under €200 per month.
We heard from one mom who was lucky to be offered a Kita spot for her two (older) kids very quickly but are unsure if this is the norm.
What’s special about this Kita? The international/English-German bilingual Kant Kita in Dahlem is on the same campus as Berlin International School, for which they are a feeder Kita.
Learn more on their website: http://www.kant-kindergarten.de/
We have a very positive review for the Kant Kita Bundesallee: https://www.kietzee.com/kitas/kant-kindergarten-bundesallee-186-187
Dickenskita (part of Berlin British School, bilingual, 2-6 years old)
Kita-Gutschein accepted? No.
Fees: Current annual fees (as of April 2022) are as follows:
Toddler - Half Day EUR 6,300 | Full Day EUR 10,520
K1 - EUR 11,420
K2 and K3 - EUR 14,070
How to get a spot? Fill in the request form and follow the steps on their website.
What’s special about this Kita?This Kita is part of the Berlin British School. Their curriculum is based on a blend of the Foundation Stage Curriculum of England and Wales, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and the Berliner Bildungsprogramm. Every group is supported by an English-speaking teacher or teaching assistant and a native German-speaking Erzieher/in. They seem to offer a pretty structured approach – you can learn more in their handbook.
Learn more on their website: https://www.berlinbritishschool.de/school-sites/early-years
Check back to see if any reviews have been posted about this Kita: https://www.kietzee.com/kitas/dickenskita
Kita Schaukelpferd (Prenzlauer Berg, 6 months - 3 years old)
Kita-Gutschein accepted? No.
Fees: Current fees (as of April 2022) are €900 per month for 7-9 hours a day, including meals.
How to get a spot? Send an email to Ms. Natalie Dörner: [email protected] stating all the relevant details (see our article on application letter) – I would also recommend stating that you understand the fee structure for this Kita andere fine with it.
What’s special about this Kita? This Kita is for kids up to 3 years of age – currently (as of April 2022), they only accept babies aged 6-10 months old. Information for this Kita is available in both English and German.
Learn more on their website: http://www.schaukelpferd-berlin.de
Check back to see if any new reviews have been posted about this Kita: https://www.kietzee.com/kitas/kita-schaukelpferd
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