Formal child care is defined as:
• Day care for children aged in the age category 0-4
• After-school care provided beyond school hours and during holidays for children attending primary school
• Child care provided by parents in day care centres or by registered childminders
The Childcare Act only applies to formal child care provided by childminders accepted by the municipal authorities. Informal care is not reimbursed under the Childcare Act. Playgroup care or lunch-break care for school-going children are not covered by the Childcare Act.