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Family and Childcare − for Employees

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?

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

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 (4 different types) 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
  • Active support of parental leave for fathers at TU Graz
  • Lectures and workshops on different topics related to development and parenting as well as on caring for relatives.
  • Dual Career Service for dual-career couples and families
  • Comprehensive advice and information service for family carers


Representative for Work/Studies-Life Balance at TU Graz

Lissa REITHOFER
Mandellstraße 5, 1. Obergeschoß
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6095
l.reithofernoSpam@tugraz.at

Barbara Böttger, International Relations and Mobility Programmes

I love to spend my leisure time in one of Graz’s lovely parks. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of those green oases in spite of being in the heart of the city. My children and I especially adore the Augarten because of its fantastic playground. There is always lots going on there so my children never get bored. One of my favourite spots are the gardens at Eggenberg Palace which offer lovely walks. The palace’s park is ideal for picnics and there is also a great playground nearby.

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

Kinderdrehscheibe

information and advice centre for parents looking for childcare options in Styria
Brandhofgasse 13
8010 Graz
Phone.: +43 316 374044
kinderdrehscheibe@stmk.volkshilfe.at

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
familienoSpam@stmk.gv.at