Information session on Childcare (Kita & Kindertagespflege) in Saarbrücken

This offer is for people who moved to MPI/Saarland University with a child/children or who are planning to have a child in the near future.
Often, childcare is a priority for parents when they are considering moving to a new place, however, it can take some time in understanding the existing system. Therefore, Michelle Froese-Kuhn and Dhara Sheth from Saarland University's family office will share information on  Kitas and child minders (Tagesmütter/-väter) in Saarbrücken. How to get a place for your child in a timely manner will be talked about as well. The presentation will be done in German and English, followed by Q & A.

Presented by audit familiengerechte hochschule-Team

8th February, 11:00 am

A video of the event was created. If you are interested, please contact Alexandra Klasen-Schmitt.



The balance of work or research and family life is a central concern of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII), which is why the Institute’s management, its joint administration, and the equal opportunities officers are working hand in hand on this subject. Because starting a family brings major life changes, parents and parents-to-be are provided with all relevant information and get support through various offers and programs. These include, in particular, childcare options and flexible working time models.

The MPII’s support begins during pregnancy.  The personnel department advises parents-to-be on the various offerings from the Institute as well as from the Max Planck Society.

Important benefits, e.g. the state offered child and parental allowances, must be applied for independently. Deadlines must be observed! For further information, including further services, see, e.g. the webpage of the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend. Also, it is important to register for a place in a kindergarten or daycare as early as possible. (We cannot guarantee that this is an exhaustive list of benefits and offers.)

Furthermore, the Institute offers numerous childcare options for the little ones. Not only can parents choose from daycare centers near the Institute, for example, the "UNIKATE" daycare center on the campus, or the "MEINE VILLA" daycare center in the city center, but they may also use the parent-child office and nursery room in the MPII building. In addition, the Institute has a framework agreement with the family service agent pme, which provides childcare and care for the elderly.

Amendments to eligibility conditions in the "Infant childcare support from funds of the Max Planck Foundation" pilot project


The following changes will take effect as of 1 May 2018:

  • The project duration will be extended by a further year until 30 June 2019. (For the extension of this period, see below.)
  • The duration of support available for an individual child will be extended up to the age of 36 months. This financial support shall remain subject to the condition that both parents return to work at an early stage (within the first 14 months of their child’s life, in accordance).

We are pleased to inform you that, with the permission of the Max Planck Foundation, any remaining funds available in the pilot project "Smallest Children's Funding" can be allocated beyond the planned project period (until 30 June 2019)!

The application procedure:

Since only remaining funds can be used, the date of receipt of an application in the Family Office of the MPG General Assembly will decide whether approval is still possible.
Applications can only be submitted for the period up to December 2019.

The previously approved applications - which all expire on 30.06.2019 - must be reapplied for by the applicants for this new period as soon as possible.
Approval by the Family Office in the MPS can only be granted from the month in which the application is received by your MPI in the Family Office by e-mail.

If applications are submitted by new applicants*, the earliest possible date for submission of the application is at the beginning of the maternity protection period. However, this is only the case if it can already be proven at this point that all other requirements of the application have been met.

Of course, if you have any queries or require further clarification, you can contact our Equal Opportunities Officer via email at: .

Information for Foreigners

Do you need advice because you are expecting a child while in Germany? See page 58 ff.

Do you need to know where your children can go to school while in Germany? See page 72 ff.

Overview of Offers

FUNKT - Holiday-Uni-Nature-Kids-Days

Holiday offer for elementary school kids at Saarland University.

In 2019, children of Saarland University's students and employees can once again take part in our holiday program FUNKT. Friends and kids from affiliated institutes or the Science Park are also very welcome.

FUNKT is a nature-oriented program offered in cooperation with NABU Saar on the campus Saarbrücken. Daily between 8:30 and 16:30, the kids play together in the forrest by the campus, learn about plants and creatures there, do some crafting and carving etc. It is a lot of fun!

The prize is 110€ per week and child (except "Ostern" 2019: 100 €). The fee includes lunch and childcare between 8:00 and 8:30 as well as 16:30 and 17:00.

Contact (registration, questions etc.):  
audit familiengerechte hochschule, 0681 302-2911, or
Registration form


Daycare Center "UNIKATE"


The MPII has arranged for childcare on the university campus, in the immediate vicinity of the Institute. There are 8 places reserved for members of the Institute.


Daycare Center "MY VILLA"


The MPII arranges for childcare in the Saarbrücken city center. There are 10 places reserved for members of the Institute.


Parent-Child Room


The MPII offers all employees with young children access to a fully equipped parent-child room, where they can work while caring for their children.


Family Service


In cooperation with the family service agency PME, the MPII offers its employees a placement service for in-home daycare, kindergartens, childcare for sick children, holiday camps, and much more. The costs for consultation and placement are covered by the Max Planck Society.

Further Information: PME Family Service