The Berlin district offices allocate spots in daycares and preschools and with in-home childcare providers. The requirement is a Day care 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” (day care voucher) from the district office if you would like a spot in the Berlin Student Unions’ childcare facilities.
The day-care centres ("Kitas") are be free of charge for all children in the State of Berlin. Parents will then only pay a contribution for meals. Kitas are allowed to charge limited co-payments for extra services such as additional sports activities, organic food or language lessons.
The day care voucher can be applied for at the youth welfare office in your residential district no earlier than nine months or later than two months before the desired start of care. In your application you will provide information about your child and the desired childcare time, among other things.
You can either use the online form (only available in German) or print out the Registration for the support of children in day care facilities (only available in German) and fill out the registration by hand.
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. a certificate of enrollment).
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 (Studying as a parent)” (only available in German).
You can also get advice on childcare in the TU´s Family Services Office.
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