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Information for young parents

Becoming a parent is a big change in your life and is bound to have an effect on your work-life balance. The university strives to help parents to combine their parenting tasks with their work life, e.g. with generous working hours- and leave regulations and child care facilities on campus. If you have questions or come across problems, your human resource department will do their best to help.

There are several regulations concerning parenting. The regulations can be both, determined by the government as well as specific for the University or the Science faculty. The list below is not complete and the specific regulations may change. Therefore it is essential to consult the original sources and your Human Resource Department because they can inform you about the most recent regulations. Please also contact your direct superior and/or your human resource department if you want to make use of the regulations concerning pregnancy or parenting well ahead of time.

If you are a student more information can be found here.

General information about different types of leave can be found here.

Regulations and support around and after pregnancy

Regulations determined by the government

(Female) employees and their partners are entitled to leave if they have a baby or are adopting a child. The good overview on the governmental rules can be found here.

- Pregnancy and maternity leave (zwangerschapsverlof, bevallingsverlof en cuveuseverlof): Pregnant employees are entitled to pregnancy and maternity leave (after childbirth). Here the regulations concerning sick leave apply. If babies have to stay in hospital after birth for a prolonged period of time the leave duration can be extended.

- Leave in the context of adoption (adoptieverlof- en pleegzorg): Both parents are entitled to foster or adoption leave.

- Partner/paternity leave (geboorteverlof): The partners are eligible for paid as well as unpaid leave.

- Short- and long-term leave to care for dependents (verzuimverlof, zorgverlof en calamiteitenverlof): Employees can take up a brief paid and longer unpaid leave to care for dependents in case of severe illness. Employees are also entitled to up to two days of paid (medical) emergency leave.

Specific regulations from the Dutch Universities

Parental leave (ouderschapsverlof): Employees are entitled to partially paid parenting leave after having been employed by the university for at least 12 months.

- Extension of contracts: Regular PhD students are entitled to an extension of their contract for the amount of time they had taken pregnancy, birth and parenting leave. Also the contract of other employees on an temporary contract may occasionally be extended provided that the maximum duration and number of temporary contracts as legally determined by the official conditions of employment are not exceeded.

- Flexible working time and hours: In consultation with the superior the working hours can be implemented in a flexible way to facilitate combination of work with parenting-tasks.

Radboud University

- Child care facility Heyendael: Kinderopvang Heyendaal is an excellent child care facility on campus, 5 minutes walking distance from the Huygens building, between the Experimental garden facility and Park Brakkestein.

Science faculty

- 50k regulation: Giving birth to children puts women at a disadvantage relative to men at a crucial phase in their scientific career. Therefore, the faculty has initiated a program for additional financial support for scientists during and after pregnancy leave to safeguard their productivity and talent. They may use this money, for instance, to reduce their teaching load in the first year after pregnancy leave, to hire a postdoc to continue writing research proposals or doing research during their absence, or to revitalize their scientific network after their pregnancy leave.

- Young parents app group: There is an app group for young parents to ask questions and exchange experiences. If you would like to be added to this group, please contact H.Huber@science.ru.nl

- Breast feeding: Employees have the right to breast-feed their babies or express breast milk during working hours. To facilitate combining breast-feeding with work there is a lactation room equipped with a refrigerator to store breast milk on the first floor in the Huygens building (room HG01.035). Mothers may also go to the child care facility (Heyendael) to feed their babies. One of the bathrooms at the second floor of the Huygens building (HG02.033) is equipped with a changing table.

Information specifically for young parents coming from abroad

General information in English about having a family in the Netherlands, such as financial regulations, can also be found via various expat sites.

- Pregnancy: In each country prenatal and post natal maternity care differs. For example, in the Netherlands it is quite common to deliver the baby at home, unless there is a medical necessity (which includes the mother preferring to go to the hospital) to have the baby in the hospital. Reading the information concerning pregnancy and birth on expat sites may help understanding the system.

- Specific benefits: Parents studying or paying taxes in the Netherlands may also be entitled to reimbursement of part of the child care costs for professional day-care and after school daycare (child-care benefit, please be aware that the child care benefit has to be applied for within three months after starting day-care). In addition, people registered in the Netherlands are eligible to receive child benefit (kinderbijslag) and potentially also an income dependent child budget (kindgebonden budget).

- Schools: Families moving to the Netherlands may also want to inquire about the school system well ahead of time, as primary school starts at the day a child turns 4. Depending on the school rules and age of the children, children may have to attend the Bloemberg school first, in order to learn sufficient Dutch to be able follow the regular lessons. The closest international school is in Arnhem.

- For children: Santa Claus (Sinterklaas) is a big thing in the Netherlands, more important than any other religious holiday and the children traditionally get their presents from Santa Claus and his helpers and not at Christmas. The Personnel Association for Employees (PV) organizes annually a Santa Claus celebration for employees and their young children.