Daycare worker

This article is written according to the legal status current as of: 2017-01-05

Daycare worker

Who is a daycare worker?

A daycare worker is a natural person employed by a commune on the basis of a service contract that is subject to the Civil Code.

The daycare worker looks after a child from the time the child is 20 weeks old and until he or she is 2 years old.  In case it is impossible or difficult to provide the child with pre-school education, the daycare worker may look after a child over 3 years old, but not longer than until he or she is 4 years old. The daycare worker may babysit maximally 5 children. If there is a disabled child, the child that requires special care, or a child aged up to 1 year old in the group, one daycare worker may look after 5 children maximally.

What are the basic duties of a daycare worker?

A daycare worker is obliged to:

  • ensure the children homelike conditions;
  • provide the children with proper education and care (both physical and psychological);
  • conduct activities that support the process of children's upbringing and education.

What additional requirements must a daycare worker fulfill?

A candidate for a daycare worker must possess adjusted premises, that ensures the proper conditions of childcare.

Candidates have to undergo a 160-hour training course for daycare workers. In the case of candidates like a qualified nurse, nursery teacher or educator, midwife, etc., the number of hours may be reduced to 40 hours.
The candidates who had been working with children under 3 years of age for at least 12 months before they started to work as a daycare worker, do not have to undergo the training course.


Daycare worker shall be subject to civil liability insurance for damage caused in the course of care. Village administrator, mayor or city president are obliged to pay those premiums.


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