Measures for the containment of COVID-19
the current situation is outstanding and new for all concerned. We know that you as parents have many questions and rely on a lively flow of information.
That is why you will regularly find the latest information about the emergency childcare options offered by day care centers in the individual federal states on this website.
Emergency care cannot be claimed if your child
- shows symptoms of illness.
- is in contact with infected persons or the contact took place less than 14 days ago.
- has stayed in a risk area and its return was less than 14 days ago.
We are constantly in close contact with the responsible authorities and will inform you as soon as changes occur. Stay healthy!
Financial support for parents by the federal government
On its website, the “Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend” provides information about the following financial support options for parents (freely translated):
“Anyone who has to look after their own children due to school or daycare closure and cannot go to work should be protected against excessive loss of income. For this purpose, the infection protection law will be adapted. Accordingly, parents will receive compensation of 67 percent of their monthly net income (maximum 2,016 euros) for up to six weeks. The employer, who can apply for reimbursement to the competent state authority, will be responsible for payment.
The conditions for this are,
- that working parents have to look after children under 12 years of age because care cannot be provided otherwise,
- that flexitime or overtime credits as well as vacation are exhausted.
The revision of the Infection Protection Act is part of a social protection package adopted by the Federal Cabinet on 23 March. The legislative procedure is to be completed by March 29.”
Measures and documents
Gradual opening of day care centres from 14 May 2020
Which children are currently entitled to care? Details on the website of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family
Closure with emergency care from 17.03.2020 to 17.04.2020
“The emergency care can only be made use of by parents, who work in fields that are categorized as relevant to the system, and who have no other option to provide care for the child or children.” Freely translated from: https://www.berlin.de/sen/bjf/coronavirus/aktuelles/
News of 23 March:
“In the following professions, it is sufficient for only one parent to work in a systemically important profession in order to be entitled to emergency care (“one-parent rule”):
Health sector (medical staff, nursing and specialist medical staff, cleaning staff, other staff in hospitals, medical practices, laboratories, procurement and pharmacies), nursing, police, fire brigade, prison service, assistance to the disabled, retail trade (food and drug stores)” Freely translated from: https://www.berlin.de/sen/bjf/coronavirus/aktuelles/notbetreuung/
Appendix 17 March
“The offer is only valid if both parents work in a systemically important profession. This was pointed out by the senate administration on 16 March 2020.” Freely translated from: https://www.berlin.de/aktuelles/berlin/6110613-958092-formular-zur-notbetreuung-online.html
DOWNLOAD “Neccesity of emergency care in day care center (kita) – Affirmation by the parents” Berlin
DOWNLOAD “Information for parents about the ordered closing of all day care centers (Kindertagesstätten) in Berlin”
Extended emergency care in the day care centres since 15 May 2020
Which children are currently entitled to care? Details can be found here.
Limited operation with emergency care from 16.03.2020 to 19.04.2020
News of 19 March:
“Parents are […] urgently called to provide their children with basic care at home by 19 April 2020. For parents who are absolutely dependent on the care of their children, the day care centres will remain open. The care is thus primarily available to people whose work is important for the provision of basic services and the maintenance of the infrastructure.
Freely translated from: https://www.hamburg.de/coronavirus/13701524/coronavirus-elterninfo/
Extended emergency care in the day care centres since 11 May 2020
“Who is allowed to use emergency care? Parents or kids
1. where at least one parent or guardian is employed in a position of operational necessity in a profession of general public interest
2. for which there is a need for support, in particular language support, and
3. who become subject to compulsory schooling in the coming school year in accordance with § 64 paragraph 1 sentence 1 of the Lower Saxony School Act.
Furthermore, the following aspects can also be taken into account in cases of particular hardship […]”.
Closure with emergency care from 16.03.2020 to 18.04.2020
News of 23 March:
“The offer of emergency care is now valid if at least one parent works in a systemically important profession.
Hardship cases can also be admitted to emergency care. Cases of hardship are for example: threatened dismissal, closure of a company with loss of job, considerable loss of earnings which is not compensated by state aid, health disposition (restrictive illnesses, also addiction and similar), children who would otherwise be taken into care without emergency care…” Freely translated from: https://www.hannover.de/Service/Presse-Medien/Landeshauptstadt-Hannover/Aktuelle-Meldungen-und-Veranstaltungen/Einschr%C3%A4nkungen-in-Kindertageseinrichtungen
More information on the website of Lower Saxony.
“Emergency care […] is to be offered for employees in the fields of nursing, health, medicine and public safety such as the police, justice, rescue services, fire brigade and civil protection, as well as for the maintenance of services of general interest […]”.
Freely translated from: https://www.niedersachsen.de/Coronavirus/hinweise-fur-schulen-und-kindertagesstatten-185451.html
For pre-school children: opening of day-care centres from 28 May 2020.
Restricted regular operation in the day care centres from 08 June 2020.
For details, see the website of the state of NRW.
Access prohibition but emergency care from 16.03. 2020 to 19.04.2020
News of 23 March:
“As of 23 March 2020, an adjusted regulation will apply. […] It is therefore sufficient for one parent to present a certificate stating that he/she is working in a job which is absolutely neccesary in the current situation; certificates from both parents are no longer required. Single parents who work in critical infrastructure do not need to provide any further proof apart from the employer certificate”. Freely translated by: https://www.land.nrw/de/wichtige-fragen-und-antworten-zum-corona-virus
“[…] only those children whose parents work in a job that is absolutely necessary in the current situation may enter the day care center. For all other children access is forbidden.”
Freely translated from: https://www.mkffi.nrw/pressemitteilung/ab-montag-betretungsverbot-einrichtungen-der-kindestagesbetreuung