Students with FamiliesCopyright: RWTH Aachen
Residents of Germany are entitled to obtain child benefits. International students are eligible if they have an unlimited residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis/-berechtigung) which is not a residence title for a special purpose (Aufenthaltsbewilligung) only, such as completing a university degree. This means that most international students are not entitled to receive child benefit.
Benefits can only be received for children who permanently live in Germany - i.e. for children who leave Germany do so only on a temporary basis, e.g. in order to complete their education. Applications for child benefit are to be made to:
Kindergeldkasse der Arbeitsagentur für Arbeit Aachen
Roermonder Str. 51
Phone: +49 (0) 241- 897-2 (Monday to Friday 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm)
Fax: 241- 897-2636
Information on Eligibility and the Application Procedure:
Phone +49 (0) 241 - 897-2686
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 am - 12.30 pm
At the Day Nursery, there are only very few places available, which means that many students with caring responsibilities have to seek child-care elsewhere.
From three years of age, children in Germany have a right to a kindergarten place in the town their family is registered. Unfortunately, however, there is a distinct shortage of places in public childcare facilities for children under three years of age, which is a great problem for student parents and parents in full-time employment. There are so few municipal facilities for babies, toddlers, and kindergarten-age children that many parents have formed parents' support groups and networks to organise their own private creches, day care units and nurseries.
A directory listing such private parents' childcare facilities can be obtained at the DPWV, which is an association for public and private social assistance:
DPWV (Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband)
Vaalser Str. 108
Phone: +49 (0) 241-870011
Fax: +49 (0) 241- 878518
Thus there are quite a few toddler groups run by parents and carers for other parents to provide activities for children under the age of five. For contact data, please refer tothe daily Aachen newspapers or get in touch with the Social Unit of the Students Union (AStA-Sozialreferat), who have a list of Aachen toddler groups.
The Students' Union also offers regular counselling sessions for student parents (Fridays, 11 am to 2 pm).
For children under the age of three, there is a day nursery operated by the Student Services Organisation (Studentenwerk):
Studentenwerk Day Nursery
(Kinderkrippe des Studentenwerks Aachen)
(Studentenwerk Day Nursery)
Melatener Straße 39, 52072 Aachen
Phone: +49 (0) 241 - 888 4180
Day Care Centre (Kindertagesstätte)
for children between 4 months and 6 years
Phone: +49 (0) 241 - 7508958
Kindergartens and Day Care Centres
Kindergartens usually take only children between 3 and 6 years of age. However there are a few kindergartens and daycare centres which have mixed age groups and also take toddlers under three. Adressess of these facilities are available at the
Youth Welfare Office Aachen
(Jugendamt der Stadt Aachen)
Adalbertsteinweg 59-65, 52070 Aachen
Phone: +49 (0) 241 - 432-0
Monday - Friday 8.30 am – 12.00 pm
Wednesday 1.30 pm - 4.15 pm
The Welfare Office does not assign children to daycare centres, however; the decision on who to take up lies with the centres themselves.
Daycare centres with ties to RWTH Aachen University which accept children by students are as follows:
Day Care Centre at RWTH Aachen University
(Kindertagestätte an der RWTH e.V.)
Phone: +49 (0) 241 - 504733
(approx. 50 places)
Uni und Kind e.V.
Phone: +49 (0) 241 80-97948
oder through the AStA Students' Union:
Phone: +49 (0) 241 80 93792
Day Care Centre of the Catholic University Community
(Kindertagesstätte der Katholischen Hochschulgemeinde)
Phone: +49 (0) 241 60 52 952
Kindergarten fees vary according to income. Day Care Centres usually also charge an additional fee for lunch.
Still it is very difficult to secure a kindergarten place in Aachen. Therefore parents are advised to register their children with a kindergarten very early on.
The Equal Opportunities Office at RWTH also operates a Parents Services Office, which provides counselling services for students and staff who have children or who are expecting a child.
Parent Services Office
c/o Equal Opportunities Office at RWTH Aachen University
Kármánstr. 9, 3rd Floor, Room 313
Phone: +49 (0) 241 80935-79 oder -45
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
By law, parents must ensure that their children are receiving suitable full-time education at the beginning of the school term after their sixth birthday (i.e. if the child is six years of age on 30 June). As a rule, in Germany, children have to attend school at least until they are 15 years of age.
Usually, the schools decide on whether or not to accept a child. The first point of contact for parents who wish to register a child for school is the local education authority:
Schulamt der Stadt Aachen
Phone: +49 (0) 241 432-0 or - 432-4035
Some schools may offer classes in which the teaching language is other than German. If a non-German speaking child has to start school, it is advisable to contact a branch of the Local Education Authority (Schulamt) which supports children and youths with a migration background:
Regionale Arbeitsstelle zur Förderung von
ausländischen Kindern und Jugendlichen aus
Eintrachtstraße 3, left entry, 2nd floor
Phone: +49 (0) 241- 533288
Fax: +49 (0) 241 160 354 69
Internet: www.raa.de (Web Site of the RAA main branch, Essen)