If you are bringing your children to Germany, you should start researching 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.
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 from 4 months to 6-years-old. 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 Service.
Local Day-care Centres
Qualified child care in day-care centres is also offered by the cities of Duisburg and Essen:
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 approach the Youth Welfare Office or other agencies.