Short-term Childcare


Childcare During Events

Man and child Copyright: Heike Lachmann

On request the Family Services Center organizes additional childcare during university events as a special service for institutes, central institutions, and other RWTH Aachen institutions. This includes events that take place regularly as well as those that do not, such as galas, conferences, symposia, workshops, or award ceremonies.

We would like to close the childcare gaps that particularly arise during the afternoon, evening, and weekends through additional events. If you would like to use these childcare services, please email the four weeks before the event.


Our offferings include:

  • Registration forms for parents
  • Leasing or provision of spaces, in direct proximity to the event, when possible
  • Child and age appropriate equipment in designated spaces, outfitted with toys, craft materials, and quiet areas
  • Qualified personnel with childcare experience

For childcare lasting more than three hours, the hosting institution assumes provision of meals for the children and childcare providers in agreement with the Family Services Center. If there is no suitable room free of charge available within the university, the hosting institution carries the costs for renting and utilizing suitable rooms.



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Emergency Childcare

There are many situations that required emergency childcare. Emergency childcare can be requested in case of:

  • sudden illness of your child
  • sudden illness of the parent of caregiver
  • sudden loss of regular childcare

Employees can take unpaid leave from employment for the purpose of emergency childcare. Furthermore, they can apply for support from their statury health care provider – please refer to the flyer for more details. Furthermore, Aachen and Herzogenrath residents can also directly contact Caritas for the services provided by the so-called Familienfeuerwehr (sometimes it is possible to provide this service for residents of other Aachen districts as well).

The Familienfeuerwehr provides support by sending qualified volunteers to support families for a period of up to three days. This service is free of charge; however, voluntary donations for the provision of services and the qualification of volunteers are welcome.

If it is not possible to secure support from the Familienfeuerwehr, please get in touch with the Family Services Center to discuss alternative options.

In case of a longer-term loss of regular childcare, for example due to holiday of the caregiver, students with a child (or children) have the opportunity to apply to the Family Services Center for a grant to cover expenses related to hourly childcare.


Babysitting Network

Are you looking for a babysitter who can look after your child for a few hours or on a more regular basis?

If you are an RWTH employee or a parent studying at the University looking for a private carer for your children, you can use the Family Services Center’s babysitting network. You can find babysitters to look after children of all ages during the week or on the weekend.

You can send a request to our large network of experienced babysitters via our babysitting mailing list.

If you have any queries about this network, we will be happy to provide you with further details over the phone or in person. We can also give you information on insurance coverage, supervision responsibilities, and salary suggestions for private childcare.


Short-term Childcare at UKA

The Kinderland child care facility at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen can be found in the entrance hall, opposite the information desk. The service is targeted at all employees and students of UKA as well as visitors. It is not necessary to register in advance. Children aged 1 to 10 can be looked after here Monday through Friday between 1 and 8 pm; on weekends and on holidays between 1:30 and 6pm for up to three hours. The child care service is free of charge.