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If regular childcare is not available, Cluster members can use the parent-child rooms on the ground floor of Orléans-Ring 10. One of the rooms is equipped with a workspace. Parents can work here while the little ones play in the children's room next door. On fixed dates during the week, experienced babysitters look after the children, which range in age from babies to primary school students. In addition, the scientists can book this service if required. Any participants of conferences put on by the Cluster can also use the childcare for their children.

There is also another children's room at the department (Einsteinstr. 62, ground floor). It is equipped with toys, baby changing facility and a workspace.

The Family Service Office [de] offers expert support to employees of the University concerning child care information and provides contact to child service providers. The University offers a day care center for children of academic staff, open for children under the age of three, and a flexible day care service for scientists with children.

Family-friendly University

The University of Münster supports the compatibility of studies, academic career and family life through multiple measures and programmes. The family portal familienleben informs about activities, legal and financial aspects of family-related matters and provides contacts for further information.

The Family Service Office [de] serves as a coordination and advice centre for all staff members regarding questions of how to combine family and career. They also inform and organise measures and programmes ranging from childcare and day-care activities during school holidays through advice on parental leave of absence to support for carers of family members. Newsletter [de]

The Dual Career Service helps spouses and partners of academic staff to develop and create their own professional perspective in the region.

The faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a wide range of further supportive measures. Support for families

Managing Career Breaks

The possibilities employees have at the University of Münster to organise their professional life in accordance with their family obligations range from statutory rights – such as the claim to parental leave and parental allowance – through flexible working hours and university programmes for the promotion of women to special relief measures fine-tuned to University of Münster staff.

Those employees who take a career break in order to raise a child or care for a relative can count on the support of the University of Münster: training programmes and human resources development measures guarantee that nobody gets out of touch, make sure that skills and qualifications are retained, and facilitate a comeback after the break has ended.