Kit’s lucky place: High demand for Kit’s care in universities – and too few offers – Knowledge


Larena Kloeckner

Enabling parents to study is the goal of Berlin universities. But what about babysitting options?

Study and children – these are two tasks that are both difficult and time-consuming. To keep them coming together, Berlin universities have chosen childcare concepts that students can use for their children. How good these offers are and how the need has changed in recent years is shown by the response of the Senate Departments for Science, Health, Welfare and Equal Opportunities to the request of CDU MP Adrian Grasse.

All universities have the right concepts, but they are very different. A distinction is made between childcare offers and childcare options. While the offers are for day care centers that are operated by Studierendenwerk Berlin, childcare options are below, for example emergency care or collaboration with other day care centers in the area.

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Free University of Berlin (FU), Humboldt University of Berlin (HU), Berlin University of Arts and Berlin University of Technology (TU) have their own day care centers. Also, students of the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW) and the School of Economics and Law (HWR) and the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (BHT) also have access to nurseries run by Studierendenwerk.

The Alice Salomon University (ASH), on the other hand, only offers emergency care for students’ children. It is not a substitute for a nursery, and the hours of care are based on the possibilities of the caregivers. It is said that care is possible for a maximum of four hours a day. However, this does not apply to the summer semester 2022, which is still ongoing. After the relaxation of coronation measures, children can re-enter the university from May accompanied by adults. However, support was not possible due to “risk assessment and lack of staff,” ASH spokeswoman explains. And this despite the fact that in the spring the students returned to normal university life – including face-to-face meetings.

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In Charité, the care situation is a bit different. Although there is no Studierendenwerk-run day-room, it currently has seven collaborating day-care centers close to campus. According to the responses of the Senate Administration, Charité students share about 320 places with employees in cooperating nurseries. According to the Senate’s answer, the places will be moved “when they become available (direction to school) in consultation with the nursery management for the new year of the nursery. The seat occupancy is 100 percent.

Childcare places are in high demand

It also appears from the Senate Department’s replies that occupancy and places offered in university day rooms vary. For FU, utilization as of May 2022 is 104 percent. As of 2018, the number of seats is 180. The Tagesspiegel question as to why the capacity has not increased since then despite overcrowding remains unanswered to this day.

HU with 98 percent in 88 places and TU with 96 percent in 113 places are almost completely occupied. However, there is still room for 130 childcare places at the kindergarten of the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (BHT). Only 70 percent. places are occupied after almost tripling in the last four years, unlike other university nurseries.

For many students, summer vacations for their children are now a multiple burden, to make the most of it, many universities also offer childcare during semester breaks, such as holiday camps or on-campus childcare.

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