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If you are bringing your children to Germany, you should start looking for child care options as soon as possible. Places may be limited and will always require registration. The child care year begins on 1st August and ends on 31st July of the following year. Once the year has begun, children can only be accepted if there are free places.

There are two types of child care: facilities such as day-care centres and nursery schools/kindergarten, or in-home care provided by an individual. The cost of child care is usually dependent on income. You will have to bear the cost yourself.

Day-care centres and nursery schools

Day-care centres ("Kitas") provide care for children from 3 months until school-age. Care is usually provided all day from 7 am to 5 pm. Nursery schools offer care for children from the age of 2-3 until they reach school-age. Care is usually provided from 7 am to 2 pm or 4 pm. Most facilities offer lunch as well as educational programmes.

If you require child care, please contact the daycare centre or nursery school well in advance and register your child so that the facility can reserve a place for you. In Essen, you can also use the parents‘ portal for child care places ("LITTLE BIRD") to inform yourself about child care places and direct inquiries to the facilities. More information about the procedures for this offer can be found here. A similar portal ("Kita-Place") exists in Duisburg, more information can be found here.

Kitas at UDE

The Kita "Campino" on the Duisburg Campus and the Kita "Die Brückenspatzen" on the Essen Campus each have 50 places for children aged between 4 months and 6 years. The kitas are open from Monday to Thursday from 7.30 am to 5 pm and on Friday to 4 pm. You can find more information on the website of the Student Services.

The University Hospital also provides its own day care center for its employees.

Local Day-care Centres

Qualified child care in day-care centres is also offered by the cities of Duisburg and Essen:

In-home day-care

In-home child care offers supervision and education mainly for children under the age of 3, which is usually provided at the home of the child-minder. In addition to small, family-based child care, a large-scale provider can accommodate up to 9 children. Fees are charged based on parental income.

To find qualified child-minders with valid child care permit issued by the Youth Welfare Office (Duisburg, Essen), please contact the Youth Welfare Office or other agencies.

With the in-house child care centers DU-E KIDS, the University of Duisburg-Essen offers its employees child care for children between 0 and 3 years of age in rooms on campus or in the close neighborhood. The care depends on the time requirements of the parents and can take place Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm. You can find more information here.

The Student Services also run the "Campuskids" (Duisburg) and "Tiegelkids" (Essen) facilities.

Short-term and school holiday child care

The Family Service also offers the possibility of flexible short-term care by the hour, for example in the case that regular care is not available. Short-term care takes place in rooms equipped for children in the student residence "Auf der Union" near the campus Essen and is offered at flexible times from Monday to Friday. Children between 4 months and 12 years can be registered. This offer is free of charge for students.

During the Easter, summer and autumn holidays the Family Service Office offers a varied programme of holiday activities. The children of university employees and students at UDE and Essen University Hospital up to the age of 14, who have already started school, are eligible to participate. The activities take place on the Essen Campus from 8 am to 4 pm.

Family Service Office (FSB)

The Family Service Office (FSB) is a consulting and service point for employees of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The university runs this service in order to help its staff combine scientific careers and employment with having a family.


Ms. Mahdesta Knauf
Campus Essen
Room: R13 V00 G15
Phone:  +49-(0)201-183 6957
Fax: +49-(0)201-183 4101
E-mail: familienservice@uni-due.de

"Emergency Fund" (Feuerwehrtopf)

UDE's "Emergency Fund" is a form of support on offer to junior researchers during the doctoral and post-doc phase. In special situations the cost of care needs can be reimbursed to the value of up to 100 per cent of costs incurred.

Visit the website of the Diversity Portal for information on application and application forms.