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Oslo - Child care and baby-sitting

Day care and baby sitters  
Babysitters can be found in the neighbourhood. Teenage girls in your neighbourhood might look after your child for a small charge. Ask your neighbours or put up an ad. Usually there will be a notice board in a nearby supermarket, where babysitters and child minders advertise their services. Child minders (dagmamma, praktikant) also advertise in the local newspapers. For information on wages, rules and regulations, you may contact the local employment office (look for Arbeidsformidlingen in the phone book) or the Association for Certified child minders at:

  • Norsk Praktikantformidling
    PO Box 272
    Tel: + 47 (66) 84 9829

Au pair  
You may be able to employ a child minder/nanny to live in your house, help with housework and look after your children. For more information about employing a child minder full time (rules and regulations, charges, how to find an au-pair), you may contact the following agencies:

  • Atlantis Youth Exchange
    Au Pair and Trainee Agency Norway
    Rolf  Hofmosgt. 18
    Tel: + 47 (22) 62 6060
    Fax: + 47 (22) 62 6061
    email: [email protected]
  • Butterfly & Papillon Norway
    Gl.Algardsheimsv. 40
    Tel: +  47 (95) 12 5914
    Fax: + 47 (55) 96 4028
    email: [email protected]

Make sure you use an au-pair agency that is approved by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA). You find more information (in English) from the following link:

Toddler groups  

  Fathers and tots groups meet at:

  • Hval Gård Barnehage

International mums and tots groups meet Wednesday mornings at :

  • Høvik Church (kirke)
    Sandviksvn. 11

Nursery schools/kindergartens  Nursery schools/kindergartens (barnehage)

Barnehager in the Oslo area can be run either privately or by the municipality.
For a complete list of nurseries, look under Barnehager and Barneparker in the yellow pages or online at:

kindergartens (familiebarnehager) are run in private homes by mothers and assistants, with regular guidance from a qualified pre-school teacher.  This is usually for children under 3 and the groups are generally quite small. Opening hours vary, but are usually from 07.45 to 16.15.

Open kindergarten (åpen barnehage) are mums and tots groups where you go along with your child to meet other mums and children.  They are usually free or you pay a nominal sum for coffee. An open kindergarten often preferred by expats is found at: 

  • Asker Internasjonale senter
    Fredtunvn. 85 
    Tel: + 47 (917) 44 997

Barnepark is an alternative to barnehage. Children (aged 2-6) are supervised playing outside for 4 hours a day (sometimes reduced to 3 in the winter). You may find information on where to find a barnepark at the local library, health clinic (helsestasjon) or on the notice board in supermarkets. A list of barnehager and barneparker can be found on the yellow pages in your phone book or online at:

Application: To apply for a place in either a private or a municipal barnehage you apply (on the same form) directly to the municipal council (kommune). A list of barnehager and an application form is available at the local library, or you can contact your municipality (kommune):

Asker Kommune

  • Skole- og Barnehageetaten (department for schools and kindergartens)
    Jørgensløkka 60
    Tel: + 47 (66) 90 9000    

Bærum Kommune

  • Avdeling barn og unge (department for children and youth)
    Postboks 23
    Tel: + 47 (67) 50 4050 
    Fax:  + 47 (67) 50 3745

Oslo Kommune

  • Tel: + 47 (22) 86 1500 (name your city district/bydel)
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