Arriving with your family
Benefits for your family and child care information
If you are planning to come with your family, Germany offers some benefits for families and different types of childcare and schools.
Benefits for families
You are entitled to receive child allowance (Kindergeld), if:
- you are an EU or Swiss citizen
- you come from Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey and are contractually employed
- you are from any other country and have been granted an unlimited residence permit
Child allowance is paid monthly by the government. You should ask the International Officer to check whether you are entitled to receive this allowance. The amount of child allowance is approximately 219 € per child. The application for child allowance is made at the appropriate local government office after your arrival
The German childcare and education systems offer a broad variety of services. If your family accompanies you for your postdoctoral stay at the MPIPZ, it is important to understand the childcare system. If your children are under 6 years of age, they can use childcare facilities. Children over 6 years old must go to school. Places for childcare facilities are quickly taken, so we encourage you to carefully read the information about childcare and apply as soon as possible.
There are two types of childcare: childminders and day-care centers
Childminders (Tagesmütter or Tagesväter) take care of children under 3 year. They usually take care of small groups (3-5) at their private home or in destinated spaces. Childcare scheduled throughout the year will depend on the vacation and days off of the childminder assigned to your child. The fees are based on your income.
Places and more information can be found here: https://www.kindertagespflege-koeln.de/
MPIPZ offers childcare on-site for employee’s children under 3 years. Please check here for more information: https://www.mpipz.mpg.de/childcare
Day care centers provide services for children from a variable age (depending on the day care) until 6 years. As soon as your child turns three years, the city must secure a place for your child; below that age it depends on your personal demand. The course starts around September, but the application time usually opens in spring. It is strongly recommended to apply for a place early enough. For more information, please check here: