Family Benefits in Hamburg
Hamburg is an attractive place to raise children — not only for its plentiful green spaces, playgrounds and quality education. Starting at pregnancy, the wellbeing of parents and children is secured through various social benefits. These apply to German and EU/EEA or Swiss nationals, as well as foreign nationals holding a residence permit.
German law ensures that employed mothers-to-be can take their mandatory maternity leave before and after childbirth, while job protection is guaranteed (Mutterschutz). When the baby is born, parents may take up to three years of leave until the child’s third birthday, during which their jobs remain protected (Elternzeit). Within this period, up to 14 months of paid leave (Elterngeld) can be divided between both parents and may be combined with part-time work. In general, parents receive 65 per cent of their salary, though no less than €300 and no more than €1800 per month.
In addition, a monthly stipend (Kindergeld) is paid for every child under the age of 18, and continues up to the age of 25 if the child is pursuing higher education. Low-income families may be eligible for additional benefits. Exclusive to Hamburg residents is sponsored daycare: from the age of 1 up to school enrolment, children are entitled to 5 hours of free care per day.