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2016 Summer Break Program

Kidsversity has created an attractive summer program for children ages 6-12 from August 1-26, 2016. There will be workshops on science, exercise, nature and everyday experiences.
Children registered for the program must be registered full-time (Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM and Friday: 8:00 AM - Noon).
Childcare in the Kidsversity rooms will be provided for children ages 6 and under. Activities include singing, playtime and enjoying the outdoors.
Please see the Kidsversity website for detailed information including dates and fees.
Sign up by calling Ms. Nina Anderwald at Ext.1268, or send an e-mail to: kidsversity(/\t)ooe.hilfswerk.at.



Girls on the Ball: "WE Can Play Football Too"

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has introduced a new program titled "Auch WIR spielen Fußball" designed to break new ground in support of gender equality work. Young girls are encouraged to play football while their teachers attend workshops designed to not only focus on how sports can help develop a girl's self-awareness and give her more self-confidence, but also other gender-sensitive educational methods.
   
The idea that "football is only a sport for boys" is passé. The JKU is working together with the Office for Women's Affairs (Upper Austrian government) and the Upper Austrian Women's Football Center (FFZ OÖ) to create a unique program: as part of the football club, the FFZ OÖ offers girls from primary school in Upper Austria a chance to take part in a football training session. The FFZ OÖ players will thus try to encourage the girls to develop an interest in playing football.

Ball Wizards
The program has kicked off in five Upper Austrian districts (Linz Land, Wels Land, Steyr Land, Urfahr and Ried). Girls in the 3rd and 4th classes at primary school can take part in local football training sessions. Participating schools pay no fees. While girls discover the joy of football, educators take part in JKU-led workshops focusing on how sports play a role in developing a girl's character and personality. The program seeks to break gender stereotypes. Girls playing football become more visible and it is an opportunity to show the girls a way to develop their skills and talents.
Rector Richard Hagelauer remarked, "We need everyone's talent and commitment if we want to keep and expand on our expertise, knowledge and our standard of living. There is no room nowadays for gender stereotyping. The JKU has implemented many initiatives designed to encourage girls to pursue sciences, technology, and natural sciences. This topic, however, concerns all areas of life and that is why the JKU supports this program."
JKU Rector-elect Prof. Meinhard Lukas emphasized just how important these programs are: "We want to play a part in getting young people to realize their potential and the opportunities available to them otherwise there will be a lot wasted potential. Women can also play soccer or study engineering and we want to draw attention to that with this program." Mor e info..



Combining Family and Career Responsibilities: The JKU On-Campus Créche Opens

On October 1, 2015, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz opened it's own créche. Flexible childcare services are now available for the very young.

University-organized childcare services are a sustainable measure implemented by the JKU to help employees balance family and work responsibilites and create a more attractive working environment. Working parents have childcare options that can help qualified women return to work after maternity leave. This is also an important step towards equality between women and men.

Need-Based Office Hours
Last year, the JKU decided to create a créche in close proximity to the campus (on Aubrunnerweg 5). The hours of operation are flexible, designed to cater to employees' needs (Monday-Wednesday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Fri 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM).
Rector Richard Hagelauer is pleased about the new créche and remarked, "Our employees should not have to choose between family responsibilities and working, but should be able to combine both. I am a father myself and have worked hard to provide services that support work-life balance."

Space available at the university was renovated to meet the demands of becoming a childcare facility and a child-friendly area. The rooms at the créche are bright and large, including a large room that provides space to move freely about. An outdoor play area is also available. Childcare givers are trained in the latest educational methods such as gender-sensitive education and introducing technologies in a playful way.
JKU Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas added, "Even though gender studies are important at the JKU, equality between women and men still has a long way to go until it is satisfactory here. We want to significantly increase the number of women at the university, including post-doctoratal candidates and professors. Additional childcare services are a part of a whole package of measures needed in order to raise and support gender equality."

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Summer Program

Kidsversity has created an attractive summer program for children ages 6-12 from August 3-28, 2015. There will be workshops on science, exercise, nature and everyday experiences.
Children registered for the program must be registered full-time (Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM and Friday: 8:00 AM - Noon).
Childcare in the Kidsversity rooms will be provided for children ages 6 and under. Activities include singing, playtime and enjoying the outdoors.
Please see the Kidsversity website for detailed information including dates and fees.
Registration is now open. Please register by calling Ms. Nina Anderwald at Ext.1268, or send an e-mail to: kidsversity(/\t)ooe.hilfswerk.at.
Registration deadline is July 8, 2015.



Kidsversity is Moving

"Kidsversity" (flexible childcare services at the JKU offered in cooperation with the OÖ Hilfswerk) will be moving on February 3, 2015 to Altenbergerstraße 52, 1st floor. The new and bright rooms have been created to best meet the needs of our kids. Childcare services are available for JKU employees and students and welcomes children ages 1 - 12. The former Kidsversity rooms (Aubrunnerweg 7) will be converted to a crèche.



Family-Friendly Companies: The JKU is Among Austria’s Top 3

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Kidsversity - Flexible Child Care at the JKU

In cooperation with the OÖ Hilfswerk, child-care services at the JKU has a new name "Kidsversity".
See our homepage JKU Family Services and Kidsversity for more information about our educational concept, flexible child care hours, office hours, etc.



Leave of Absence Brochure for Employees

The JKU supports work-life balance for JKU employees and family-friendly policies that help combine work and family responsibilities.
The following brochure provides information on parenting, part-time employement for parents, family sick leave, leave to provide hospice care for a relative, and holiday time.
The brochure also provides an overview of services offered at the JKU that can be used during a leave of absence.

application/pdfLeave of Absence Brochure (3.3 MB, German only)



JKU Child Care Study Available Online

On behalf of the JKU Rectorate, Brigitte Aulenbacher and Johann Bacher edited a study titled "Child Care Needs for Students and Employees at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. A Quantitative and Qualitative Study at the Institute for Sociology" conducted by Kristina Binner, Alfred Grausgruber, Doris Graß and Daniela Wetzelhütter.
Click here to view study results online.



Opportunity Since 1.1.2014 to Take Family Care Leave

In July 2002, allowing family care leave was an important step towards being able to better balance work/studies with family care responsibilities - particularly in difficult family situations. Family care leave can be taken in the event that a life-threatening illness affects a close family member or if a child becomes seriously ill.
Since January 1, 2014, it is possible to take family care leave in less severe cases.

Useful information on the legal framework, duration, effects for other claims, .... can be found in the Federal Social Office's brochure Pflegekarenz/Pflegeteilzeit und Familienhospizkarenz/Familienhospizkarenzteilzeit.