Kinderzimmer (children's rooms)
Another step closer to becoming a family-friendly employer: On 31. August, Charité opened its second Parent-Child Room. The new, approximately 100 m2 (1076 ft2) large Parent-Child Room is located on the ground floor of Virchow-Gästehaus (visitors' accommodation) on Campus Virchow-Klinikum. The room is available to all staff and students looking for a quiet place for breastfeeding, for baby-changing purposes, or to use as a play room.
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Parent-Child Room on CVK
“On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in this endeavor, for their tireless work, commitment and determination,” said Hospital Director Astrid Lurati in her address to guests of all ages. As an organization, Charité has an interest in ensuring that members of staff can continue to go to work even when there is a brief disruption to their normal childcare arrangements. In fact, Charité relies on backup childcare options to ensure this is the case. “Rather than being an exception at Charité, such facilities must become the norm,” added Astrid Lurati.
The room, which is approximately 100 m2 (1076 ft2) in size, comprises several well-equipped seating and play areas, a screened-off section containing a change table, a small kitchenette, and a washroom. “The new children's room is large enough to accommodate several parents and their children,” explains Sabine Barleben, Head of the Office of Family Affairs and the person responsible for initiating the project. “Our experiences on Campus Mitte have been very positive, with parents cooperating and coordinating mutually supportive child care arrangements.” This new Parent-Child Room would also be a suitable venue for holiday clubs for children or for Elterncafé (Parent Cafe) events. The project is supported by the TRR43 Collaborative Research Center led by Prof. Dr. Frank Heppner, the Office of the Vice Dean for Research, Dr. Helmar Wauer (Hospital Business Director), and Norbert Dunker (Corporate Development).
Campus Charité Mitte has had a Parent-Child Room since late 2011. “Over time, the Parent-Child-Room has become the first port of call for parents requiring emergency childcare,” says Sabine Barleben. The room is also being used for childcare during conferences, or for student advisory meetings for student parents. Demand for this type facility is such that another Parent-Child Room is to be opened on Campus Benjamin Franklin. The project initiators are in the process of locating suitable rooms and securing the necessary support.
Where to find the Parent-Child Room:
On Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, situated near the main access gate at Seestraße 4, next to the entrance to the 'Gästehaus', which provides visitors' accommodation (parking garage). Room 0.0120 (see location map).
→ the Office of Family Affairs, or
→ the Porter's lodge (opposite the Parent-Child-Room).
'Kinderzimmer' (children's room) on CCM
If you need a quiet room to breastfeed or change your baby, or if you need a place where your child can spend some time while you work or study, please feel free to use our children's room. The room offers plenty of toys and games, as well as a safe place for your baby to get some rest.
The room is also a good place to meet other parents, and can serve as a childcare facility during meetings or conferences.
The Office of Family Affairs is pleased to be able to offer access to Charité's first children's room, a room where staff and students with children can coordinate mutually supportive childcare arrangements.
The room, which was first opened in 2012, was made possible thanks to the generous support of TR36, Charité CFM, Philips, and MediKids.
Where to find the Children's Room:
On Charité Campus Mitte, Hufelandweg 9, Level K1, Room 006 - behind the mail room (see location map).
→ the Office of Family Affairs, or