Family Service

Corona-information for employees and students with family responsibilities

Here you can find information regarding the compatibility of work/ studies with family responsibilities during the pandemic. We give our best to keep this website up to date. However, due to quick developments at the moment we might struggel to do so. This website will be updated frequently to give you the most current information available.


The Family Service offers confidential couseling and can be contacted with individual questions. In case of particular questions we will research the topic and let you know our findings. We represent the needs of Kiel University´s families towards the University Board and other facilities within Kiel University. Counseling Family Service

Employees with care responsibilities

There is support for employees with care responsibilities (e.g. elder care) from the Federal Government due to the pandemic. This includes the increase of Pflegeunterstützungsgeld, the prolongation of the possible leave-period to deal with acute care situations and other services: more information (in German)

Information about childcare and schools

School education

The school year will resume in dinstanced/ online classes. There will be emergency childcare for children in class 1-6 if criterias are met. Higher classes will have to take online classes from home. Detailed information is provided by the schools.
Relevant information can be found on the internetpage of the state of Schleswig-Holstein in German FAQ-Seiten des Landes SH.

Childcare in Kindergarten and Tagespflege

Kindergartens are closed and only open for children that are in emergency childcare. Tagespflege can remain open, can only open for emergency care or be closed completely. The facility will inform the parents about the details.
There will be a reduction of the fees for childcare.
Relevant information can be found on the internetpage of the state of Schleswig-Holstein in German FAQ-Seiten des Landes SH

Am I eligible for emergency childcare in schools or childcare facilities?

Schoolchildren in class 1-6 and children visiting a Kindergarten are eligible for emergency childcare if there is no alternative possibility of childcare and if these criteria apply:

  • One parent has a job in a critical infrastructure (see here in German   § 19 der VO ).
  • Children of working single parents
  • Children with special needs, that cannot be supported at home
  • If a child´s welfare has to be protected specifically
  • Generally also children that need special language education

Parents have to provide proof towards the childare facilities, that they are eligible.

Relevant information can be found on the internetpage of the state of Schleswig-Holstein in German: FAQ-Seiten des Landes SH.

My child cannot go to emergency childcare. At what point can I expect regular childcare for my child?

The regular childcare is supposed to start in steps as soon as the rate of new COVID-19 infections is down to an acceptable number. Current regulations apply until February 14, 2021. However, it is not certain if regular childcare can start after that date.

Is there an extra childcare provided by Kiel University?

No, current law does not allow an extra childcare.

Will there be a CAU holiday program for schoolchildren in 2021?

This will depend upon the further outcome of the pandemic and linked regulations. If the holiday program for schoolchildren can take place, information will be available through email and on the website. Applications for the holiday program will be accepted provisional until then.
Here you can find more information about the holiday program

Compensation of reduced income due to childcare responsibilities

Parents who are or were not able to work because of additional childcare responsibilities due to Corona can apply for compensation at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
More informarion here (in German).
Apply for compensation online here (in German).

Compatability of work and teaching with family responsibilities

Special regulations for employees and extension of children's sickness benefit

You can get further information on the university's Corona-website here

Reduction of teaching responsibilities

Unfortunatly, it is not possible to reduce teaching responsibilities because of family responsibilities in accordance with the LVVO.

Work contracts in the qualification phase can be extended

Academic fixed-term contracts for employees in their scientific qualification phase can be extended due the pandemic after a change in current law.
More information here

Compatability of studies with family responsibilities

Changes due to the pandemic regarding studies

Kiel University provides information for students regarding the pandemic upon it´s website and keeps this information up to date. This includes information about compulsory attendance, risk groups and pregnancy and examinations. In addition there is further information on the websites of the faculties and departments.
Information for students can be found here

Compensation for disadvantages for students with family responsibilities

It is possible to apply for a disadvantage compensation because of family responsibilities during the Corona-crisis.
Further information

General information provided by Studentenwerk SH

General information, concerning the offers of Studentenwerk SH can be found on their website: Information

Parental allowance and further support during the pandemic

The German government has adjusted parental allowance in these special times in order to avert any disadvantages for families because of COVID-19. There are also other family benefits that have been adjusted. Further information here.

How do the current Corona-regulations influence visitation rights?

Parents, that live in separate households, are both allowed to have contact to their child. Contact restrictions related to the pandemic do not apply. Visitation rights, that were in place before the pandemic, stay in place.
The Federal Ministry for Justice and Consumer Protection provides more information in German:  here


The CAU University Board would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your commitment and willingness to take on and overcome the challenges posed to us all by the pandemic and its consequences.

We are aware of the great strain that many of you are under. It goes without saying that childcare or the care of relatives must be taken into account, as this will considerably increase your personal burden. We fully understand if you are therefore not able to fulfill your tasks in research, teaching, and administration to the extent that you yourself consider desirable or necessary. We also expect this understanding from your colleagues and direct superiors.