0 till 1 years

The baby is here! We congratulate you warmly. Use the time in the postpartum to get to know each other and cuddle, and to calmly get used to everyday life with baby. You will see that in the first year of life your baby makes rapid developmental steps every month. On the Familienportal.NRW you will find many useful reading recommendations on topics such as development, early support and health, which will accompany you on your way through the first twelve months.

No sooner has the newborn discovered the light of day than there are already a lot of formalities to take care of as new parents in the first few weeks. From applying for parental allowance and child benefit to taking advantage of tax benefits for families with children, you will find everything you need to know about financial and formal matters on the Familienportal.NRW.

Maybe you will soon be asking yourself questions about the compatibility of family and career? Find out which daycare is the best fit for you. Our tips on getting back to work are also useful if you want to return to work early.
And if you sometimes feel overwhelmed in everyday baby life with all its challenges, you have worries and fears or are personally in a difficult situation? Then be sure to seek free advice at one of the specialized counseling centers in North Rhine-Westphalia. Whether it's a parenting, partnership and conflict counseling center or an early intervention center for children with a disability: you're sure to find a suitable contact person in your area using the search functions on the Familienportal.NRW.




Apply for parental allowance online

On the Familienportal.NRW you will find everything important to plan your parental allowance well. In many municipalities, by the way, you can already apply for parental allowance online. Learn more!


Maintenance advance: Digital as of now

What do you have to do to apply for maintenance advance? Questions and answers about the maintenance advance, the amount, the prerequisites and the digital application at a glance!


Familienportal.NRW: Available in 8 languages!

From now on, all content on the Familienportal.NRW is also available in English, French, Italian, Polish, Turkish, Romanian and Ukrainian with just one click.


Subsidized loan "Home ownership for families"

Families with children will receive the "Home ownership for families" loan with improved conditions from 16.10.2023. The income limits and maximum loan amounts have been raised to support housing construction.

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