FAQ Childcare

Our childcare services

  • What childcare options do I have?

    For students of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Folkwang University of the Arts and the University of Applied Sciences Ruhr West, we offer several childcare institutions in Essen, Duisburg and Mülheim.

    Essen
    Childcare Brückenspatzen: 50 places, 4 months up to school enrollment
    Childcare Tiegelkids: 10 places, 4 months up to 3 years

    Duisburg
    Childcare Campino: 50 places, 4 months up to school enrollment
    Day Care Campuskids: 9 places, 4 months up to 3 years

    Mülheim
    Day Care Forscherkids: 9 places, 4 months up to 3 years

  • What are the hours of care?

    Our childcare centres are usually open Mon - Thurs between 07:30 am and 05:00 pm, Fri between 07:30 am and 04:00 pm. The exact opening hours of each childcare centre can be found on our website.

    In our day care centers, we look after your child 9 hours per day, 45 hours a week (Mon – Thur). For acclimation and group feeling, we recommend a weekly number of min. 30 hours.

Application

  • What are the monthly costs?

    According to the Children's Education Act (Kibiz), the costs for your childcare place are covered by the youth welfare office - however, you have to contribute to the costs with a personal contribution that varies according to the municipality. This is based on the amount of your annual income.

    In addition there are food costs of 40 € per month; except for children who are still breastfed and / or receive special food.

  • Can I visit the childcare or day care centre in advance?

    You are welcome to visit our institutions in advance to get a first impression. For an appointment please contact the head of the desired institution directly.

  • How can I register my child?

    If you like our offer, you can reserve for the institution of your choice on the respective online portal of the city and then (if not already done) make an appointment with us for a first get-together. An application does not guarantee acceptance.

    Essen: Little Bird
    Duisburg: Kita-Place

    At our day care centers in Mülheim and Duisburg, you can register your child directly in the facility after prior arrangement by telephone. If there is currently no free space, you will be placed on a waiting list.

  • How is the allocation made?

    The allocation of space is based on established admission criteria of the Child Education Act (KiBiz), which is first of all oriented on the age structure of the children.

    Subordinated to this are the criteria determined in our institutions, which, for example, give priority to single-parent students.

  • Can I have my child looked after in a city where I am not studying?

    Yes. You can either have your child looked after in the city where you live or study.

At the daycare/ childcare centre

  • Shall the children bring breakfast and lunch?

    Childcare: Breakfast must be brought by yourself. We provide the lunch, which is freshly prepared and delivered in our cantines, and a self-made snack in the afternoon. We care for a healthy and balanced diet when choosing our food.

    Day care: Unfortunately, as we do not have the facilities to meet the needs of children under the age of three in terms of nutrition, you must bring your own breakfast, lunch and snacks. Drinks are available.