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Child care hours, group size and costs

Which child care services are available?

Our child care centre currently provides space for 140 children between the ages of six months and ten years whose parents work or study at the University of Konstanz.

In addition to regular services, the Kinderhaus offers flexible child care models.

Opening and service hours

Type of child careTime
Early-hours child care - option available
(upon prior arrangement)
07:00 - 07:15
Early-hours child care07:15 - 08:00
Regular hours07:15 - 17:00
Core hours09:15 - 15:00
After-hours child care
(separate fees)
17:00 - 20:00

Summer months

The Kinderhaus is closed for two weeks during the summer holidays.

Flexible service hours

Knirps & Co. provides flexible service hours outside of the normal opening hours. Please consult the childcare providers directly.

Early morning hours (07:00 until 07:15)
You can book these times by making prior arrangements by 12:00 of the previous workday.
Evening hours (17:00 until 20:00), for school children (18:00 until 20:00)
Do you have a job-related emergency or an evening appointment at the university? You can book these evening hours by making prior arrangement by 12:00 of the previous workday.

Saturday hours (09:00 until 16:00)
You will need to register for these hours one week ahead of time in order to take advantage of this service. More about childcare on Saturdays...

In addition to these extensive service hours, Knirps and Co. provides additional child care services for families.

What groups are there and how are they set up?

There are a total of ten groups: five "nest" groups, one "family" group, three Kindergarten groups and one "school" group.

Nest group

Age six months to three years
including a group for the youngest children (six to eighteen months)
Group sizeten children
Group types

two full-day groups
one extended morning group
two extended morning groups with the additional afternoon option

Family group

Ageeighteen months to six years
Group size

fifteen children, five of which are younger than three years

Group typesa full-day group

Kindergarten group

Agethree to six years
Group size

eighteen children

Group typesthree full-day groups

School group

Agesix to ten years
Group sizefifteen children
Group types
Afternoon group (12:30 – 18:00)
including homework supervision

What do the child care services cost?

Prices are listed per month

Under three yearsOver three years
Full-day groups with lunch
Mondays through Thursdays 7:00 to 17:00
Friday 7:00 to 14:00.
1st Child€350€260
Sibling(s)€270€200
additional fee for "vesper" (snacks)€20€20
Friday afternoons (four per month)
14:00 to 17:00
€18€18
Extended morning groups with lunch
Monday to Friday 07:00 to14:00
1st Child€280
Sibling(s)€215
Afternoon group
only in addition to the mornings
14:00 to 17:00 (one afternoon per week per month)
€18
Extended opening hours Monday to Friday
17:00 to 20:00 per hour
€4€4

Cost information

Payments are due by the 3rd of the following month.
The monthly child care amount is due regardless of the number of absences, holidays and closed days. A € 70 food charge is included in the monthly cost.

Who works in the Kinderhaus?

Director: Petra Gutsmuths-Dietrich
Deputy directors: Dania Nikisch and Sabine Weinhammer
Management and administration: Carolin Teufel and Yunuen Mann-Maldonado

Forty trained childcare providers currently work full- and part-time in the Kinderhaus. A cook and a team of support and cleaning personnel assist our childcare staff.

The minimum qualifications for our childcare providers include completed education/training either as a nursery school teacher, as a children’s nurse, as a social worker or as a "HeilpädagogIn" (special needs educator). Specialists for early childhood education as well staff members with training in the Pikler and Montessori educational approaches are also part of our team.

In order to provide our children the best possible care, we take advantage of qualification measures that include regular continuous education opportunities, expert consultation and self-evaluation. We believe that our children deserve child care providers who are consistently available, empathic, supportive and encouraging.

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