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Information for parents and carers

Detailed information for employees with children, students with children and for caring relatives can be found on the Dual Career and Family Support pages.

Measures to reconcile family and studies/career

The university has taken various measures to support the compatibility of family and work or study in times of the corona epidemic:

  • Working from home is currently the standard in academic work and the administration.
  • Emergency childcare is available in the Paramecium day-care centre and the Dual Career & Family Support (CFS) offers assistance in finding private childcare support.
  • The university is waiving childcare fees in April for all parents of the university’s day-care centre and in May if they did not use the emergency care.
  • The university is issuing employer certificates [LINK to signature ‘employer certificate’ below] for emergency care in day-care centres and schools for single parent employees and students in the examination phase as well as employees working in critical infrastructure.
  • It is possible to take three days of paid leave and further days of unpaid leave in accordance with the legal provisions – Extension of paid leave to employees caring for relatives (according to Section 29 subsection 3 (1) TV-L / Section 33 subsection 1 (8) FrUrlV)
  • It is possible to reduce working hours for childcare in accordance with the general legal regulations, as well as to apply for special leave.
  • It is possible to extend the duration of internal funding within the framework of the Excellent Research Support Program
  • Telephone consultations and extensive online information is available for students, faculty and staff.
  • A funding programme for young female academics with children or caring responsibilities is available to reduce the teaching load or to hire student assistants in the winter semester 2020/2021 (Women Professors Programme III

The university has also set up an ad hoc working group that is currently examining and preparing further measures.
The federal, state and municipal governments have also adopted support measures for parents:

  • The municipal parent contribution was waived in NRW for April and May.
  • The maximum time limit under the WissZeitVG has been extended by up to six months.
  • Parental benefits have been extended.
  • Wage replacement benefits in accordance with Section 56 subsection 1 a IfSG are available up to six weeks.
  • Payment of the child supplement (KIZ) has been simplified.
  • Immediate support for caring relatives is available.
  • Some major third-party donors have reacted to the special situation by, for example, extending funding periods.

New regulations for day nurseries/day care in NRW from 8 June 2020

Following a decision by the state government, the ban on entering day-care centres was lifted on 8 June. The Ordinance on Protection Against New Infections with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the area of care infrastructure can be found on the website of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MAGS).

The facilities resume extended regular operation with qualitative and quantitative restrictions. The implementation of the extended regular operation depends on the spatial possibilities and the available personnel of each facility, and therefore varies. Information is provided by the childcare facility.

An employer and university certificate for childcare for employees and students is no longer necessary in NRW. If you still need this for childcare in another federal state, please contact your manager in Division 4.

You can find current information from the City of Cologne on this and on reimbursement of municipal day-care fees and school afternoon care fees here.

Further information on developments in schools are provided by the responsible Ministry.