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In early August, HoKiDo put a 130-square-meter expansion, financed by TU Dortmund University, into operation. This made it possible for the on-campus daycare center to introduce a new childcare group with 20 places. With this expansion, TU Dortmund University is strengthening the range of care services available on campus and helping people strike a better balance between their studies, research, work and family. In addition to this, the university also provided new kitchen appliances, toys and playground equipment for the outdoor area.
The parent initiative HoKiDo e.V. has been running a daycare center on the university campus since 2011. TU Dortmund University financed an expansion to the facility, which began operating in early August, in an effort to meet the increasing demand for childcare places and promote Dortmund as a center for research by facilitating a better work-life balance. “As a parent initiative, we are delighted that we can now offer childcare to even more parents,” says Dr. Thomas Terfrüchte, HoKiDo chairman and academic staff member at the Department of Spatial Planning. The new childcare group has 20 places, meaning 80 children now attend the daycare center on campus.
The demand for these new daycare places was so high that all places for the 2021/2022 kindergarten year have already been taken. “The proximity to the campus and the flexible hours make HoKiDo particularly appealing to university members,” explains Katja Kißler from TU Dortmund University Family Services. The 80 children are cared for in five core groups. These serve as a kind of home base for the children within the open concept of the daycare center – although they spend most of the day mixing with the other groups.
Large wooden pirate ship
In addition to two new rooms where the children can play pretend and slip into various roles, the expansion also provides space for a new child-friendly bathroom and an office. On top of all that, the support provided by TU Dortmund University made it possible to purchase new appliances for the kitchen as well as new toys. Not only that, but the center’s outdoor area was also expanded to give the children a very special playtime experience. They now have a large wooden pirate ship, a climbing frame and other playground equipment that they can use to let off some steam. “The children are very energetic and love the pirate ship. Whenever it’s time to go outside, the ship gets ‘hijacked’ very quickly. It lets them experience real adventures,” says Kirstin Simic, leader of the new childcare group. “And thanks to the extension, the children now have even more space to let loose, play with each other or even enjoy some alone time.”
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.