A nursery school teacher reading to children from a book
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Nursery school teachers

Occupational profile and tasks

Nursery school teachers are educational professionals. As well as looking after children, they also work to support young people and young adults. They are mainly involved in pre-school education, in children’s and youth work and in residential education.

How is professional training structured? What professional qualifications are there?

This profession requires completion of school-based vocational education and training. This vocational education and training takes place at vocational schools within the education and social sectors. These may be full-time vocational schools or further education colleges. Following a practical year which is also referred to as a “recognition year”, the vocational education and training concludes with a state examination. State recognition is then awarded. After this point, persons are permitted to use the title “state-recognised nursery school teacher”. Vocational education and training lasts for between 2 and 4 years on a full-time basis and between 3 and 6 years if pursued part time.

Working without recognition

Sometimes it will be possible for you to work in the nursery education sector without formal recognition. This decision is usually taken by the employers. You are then, however, not allowed to use the German job title of “state-recognised nursery teacher”.

Coronavirus: Fewer recognition services

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some services for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany are currently not available.

You can learn more about recognition from us whenever you like. Take some time to read our information, available in 11 languages! Then you will be well informed for the next steps.

Via the Recognition Finder you can find out everything about the recognition procedure for your occupation, which documents you need and where you should send your application: › To the Recognition Finder

Our FAQ provide answers to the most common questions about recognition:  › To the FAQs

You can find out which services are not available or only available to a limited extent by checking our information page on the current situation: › To the information page