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Family and Childcare

How to achieve a work-life balance? What childcare options are there? How does the Austrian education system work? What financial help is provided for families? Here you will find more information, hints and offers on how to organise your personal work-life balance.

What you Need to Know

  • Family allowance for children, independent of a parent’s employment or income
  • Childcare benefits either as a flat-rate allowance or earnings-related
  • Employment ban for a period of at least 8 weeks before and after child birth (mother protection leave) in most companies
  • Maximum parental leave can be taken up to the child’s 2nd birthday
  • Babies and toddlers are cared for in nurseries and children between the age of 3 and 6 are looked after at kindergarten; smaller groups of toddlers can also be cared for by day carers
  • Compulsory kindergarten year for children before they start school (half-day kindergarten is free of charge in Styria)
  • Compulsory education for children aged 6 for a period of nine years. 4 years Primary School, then either New Secondary or Grammar School, followed by a secondary academic school or technical and vocational school (secondary school leaving examinations (A-levels) are taken at 18 or 19 years of age)
  • Bilingual schools and school classes in Graz
  • Tax deductibility of continuing education costs

TU Graz Services

  • Childcare options at TU Graz:
    • Nurseries and Kinderhaus at TU Graz nanoversity
    • Fleki – Flexible childcare at TU Graz
    • Childcare during the day     
  • TU Graz information leaflet: Checklist for Families
  • Welcome package for babies
  • Comprehensive advice and information service for family carers

Representative for Work/Studies-Life Balance at TU Graz

Mandellstraße 5, 1st floor
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6095

Education in Austria

Financial Support for Families

Childcare Facilities

On the website of the City of Graz you can find information on childcare facilities in German.

Information and Advice

Student Union TU Graz

offers advice on all you need to know as a student with a child
Please email us for an appointment: studierenmitkindnoSpam@htu.tugraz.at


information and advice centre for parents looking for childcare options in Styria
Karmeliterplatz 2
8010 Graz
Phone.: +43 316 374044

City of Graz, Department of Education and Integration

all you need to know about education (in German)

Local Styrian Government

Department 6 – Societal Matters, Section for Adult Education and Women
ZWEI UND MEHR (TWO AND MORE): Family Pass of the Province of Styria (in German)
Karmeliterplatz 2
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 877 3927