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Childcare spot

The Berlin district offices allocate spots in daycares and preschools and with in-home childcare providers. The requirement is a childcare voucher (Kitagutschein) that must be requested from the responsible district office with the Youth Welfare Office. You can find application forms (only available in German) for downloading on the official Berlin website.

The Studierendenwerk Berlin (Berlin Student Union) organization operates the childcare facility “Villa March” on the TU’s property with 112 spots for children between two months and school age as well as a childcare facility with 60 spots close to the train station S-Bahnhof Tiergarten (Siegmunds Hof). TU students and employees have priority for spots in the “Villa March.” The facility Siegmunds Hof offers spots for the children of TU and UdK students and employees. A waiting list is kept for allocating spots in the childcare facilities. Please note: You will also need a “Kitagutschein” (nursery voucher) from the district office if you would like a spot in the Berlin Student Unions’ childcare facilities.

When the nursery voucher is issued, the monthly parental cost contributions are calculated by the Youth Welfare Office in your area of residence and are specified by law. The parental contribution is staggered and is based on the number of children, the scope of care and on income. From 01/08/2018, the day-care centre will be free of charge for all children in the State of Berlin. Parents will then only pay a contribution for meals.

You can now also apply for the nursery voucher online. The online form will automatically respond in accordance with the information entered by the applicant (the boxes for parental income will not apply for children over three, for example, as nursery provision is free for preschool children of this age in Berlin).

A short one-page application will be generated automatically after you have filled in the online form. You have to print this out, sign it and send it to your district youth welfare office. You may need to enclose copies of supporting documents with the application (e.g. proof of income).

In Berlin, more childcare spots are provided by organizations run by parents (Eltern-Kind-Tagesstätte, EKT). Spots in these facilities are not allocated by the district offices but by the organization itself. However, you will also need a “Kitagutschein” from the district office. You can find an overview of the existing EKTs from the umbrella association Berliner Kinder- und Schülerläden e.V. (DaKS), and on the DaKS website (only available in German) there is also a database showing open spots.

Information, including on childcare in emergency situations, can be found in the Berlin Student Unions´ (Studierendenwerk Berlin) brochure “Studieren mit Kind” (only available in German).

You can also get advice on childcare in the TU´s Family Services Office.

Taking your child to University

Sometimes the question is asked whether you can take your child into a lecture. Usually this situation is not optimal for the parent or the child, but in some circumstances there’s no other possibility. You do not have the right to take your child to the lectures, but on the other hand it is also not forbidden. Ask the instructor whether they have concerns about you bringing your child to their course. If you talk to them in advance, you will often find them to be very understanding!

To give you the chance to make your time on campus as comfortable as possible with your child, the TU Berlin has introduced several measures. You can find an overview on the Family Office’s website...

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Vacation childcare

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Parent and toddler rooms

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