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Photo: Universität Paderborn, Adelheid Rutenburges

Family Services Office

The Family Service Office is a counselling and information centre for students and employees of the University of Paderborn and supports you in balancing your career or studies with your family.


The focus of the counselling and information services is on balancing professional/study obligations and responsibility for children as well as caring for relatives in need of care.

Services for (expectant) parents

The Family Services Office offers the following advice and support services for (expectant) employed and student parents: 

  • Help planning and arranging childcare to best suit each family’s specific needs
  • Advice on childcare options in Paderborn and the surrounding area
  • Assistance arranging childminders (in cooperation with youth welfare offices), babysitters and ‘substitute grannies’
  • Advice for (expectant) employed parents: maternity leave, parental leave and parental allowance
  • Advice for (expectant) student parents: financial support options, parental allowance, German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) and study-related regulations
  • Holiday camps during school holidays offered through the Equal Opportunities Office
  • “Paderborn Uni Kids” (PUKi) short-term childcare service
Services for caregivers

The Family Services Office offers advice on balancing caregiving and work/studies and provides an initial overview of support options and respite services in the Paderborn area.

It provides information on the following: 

  • German Caregiver Leave Act (PflegeZG) and other leave of absence options
  • Organisation of working time (alternating telecommuting, flexitime, part-time employment)
  • Nursing care insurance benefits
  • Everyday support options (e.g. day care, outpatient community services, short-term care and voluntary services)
  • Further advice and support services in the Paderborn area

Contact person: Noelle Maicher-Hoff

More information (German only)

Mrs. Maicher-Hoff provides counseling for international students and employees. 

Contact: Parenthood & Work/Study

Barbara Pickhardt, Dipl. Päd.

Office: E2.101
Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn

Postal address:
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

Phone: 05251/60-3725

Office hours:
Please make an appointment in advance by e-mail.

Ms. Pickhardt will probably be back in the office as of 30.01.23.

Contact: Care & Work/Study

Noelle Maicher-Hoff, M.A.

Office: E2.101
Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn

Postal address:
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

Phone: 05251/60-3725

Office hours:
Please make an appointment in advance by e-mail.

17.03.23 - 04.04.2023

audit family-friendly university

On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University was the first university in NRW to be awarded the designation of “family-friendly university”.


Paderborn University has received the TOTAL E-QUALITY Award for their equality-oriented Human Resources policies.


Emergency folder (German only)
Be prepared for the worst. Available hardbound and digitally. More

Studying and caring for relatives (German only)
Guidebooklet answers the most important questions about support services for caring students. More


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Current Newsletter I January 2023 (German only)

COVID-19 & Family

Helpful information for students and employees with family responsibilities: 

Additional sick days for children, acute assistance for caring relatives, adjusted parental allowance, babysitter placement, regulations relevant to studies, financial assistance,... more information (German only)

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