Erzieherin Jobs- Best places to search?

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As the time gets closer to our move (in at most a year, could be less depending on the job situation) I want to start looking for jobs. I have two degrees in design but I have been working in education since 2013 with a couple years gap while being home with my children. My experience is in nursery, preschools, and most recently as an educational assistant in a kindergarten. So ages 12 months to about 6 years are the ages my experience has mostly been with. 

 

I want to work in a kindergarten (the German version, I know it's different than in the US) in Germany. I've of course been looking at jobs, looking at requirements, etc. 

 

So I have a couple questions.

 

What has been your experience trying to find jobs in this area? 

 

Will my lack of degree in this field be a problem? I know some positions want you to have an ausbildung but not all require it and I've certainly seen other posts of people who have gotten this or a similar job without the ausbildung. 

 

For reference, I'm not opposed to getting an ausbildung but would prefer to find a job without this or find a job where I can simultaneously get this qualification.

 

Are there any websites that you like best for job searching in Germany? 

 

 

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Register at Bundesagentur für Arbeit - enter "Erzieher/in" and your postcode and you'll get plenty results. Such is the nature of the field that they're always looking for people, and may help you get a qualification over time.

 

https://arbeitsagentur.de/

 

Assuming your German is up to speed...

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Your best shot is probably bilingual kindergartens. In Munich you have following list: https://mundoazul.de/collections/munchen

 

In German state-owned kindergartens you need proper qualifications and fluent German.

 

Since most people work part-time don't expect to earn more than €1500 gross.

 

 

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4 hours ago, john_b said:

Register at Bundesagentur für Arbeit - enter "Erzieher/in" and your postcode and you'll get plenty results. Such is the nature of the field that they're always looking for people, and may help you get a qualification over time.

 

https://arbeitsagentur.de/

 

Assuming your German is up to speed...


Thanks! That is really helpful! I have about a year. I’m around B1/B2 and am taking courses to improve that. 

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43 minutes ago, LukeSkywalker said:

Your best shot is probably bilingual kindergartens. In Munich you have following list: https://mundoazul.de/collections/munchen

 

In German state-owned kindergartens you need proper qualifications and fluent German.

 

Since most people work part-time don't expect to earn more than €1500 gross.

 

 


Thank you! This is helpful! 
 

I’ll definitely be looking at bilingual schools. I do speak German and am taking courses to become fluent. 
 

That pay isn’t too terrible. I made less than that working full time (full time was considered over 32 hours in this school)  in a similar job here in the US. It’s certainly not a job you go into for the money! 
 

Thank you for the advice! 

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1 hour ago, LukeSkywalker said:

Your best shot is probably bilingual kindergartens. In Munich you have following list: https://mundoazul.de/collections/munchen

 

In German state-owned kindergartens you need proper qualifications and fluent German.

 

Since most people work part-time don't expect to earn more than €1500 gross.

 

 


I forgot to mention I’m not opposed to obtaining the German qualifications. 

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I was in a similar situation a few years ago—looking for Kitas where I could either work without qualifications for a few years or start working on qualifications while I was there. I’m currently in my second year of a praxisintegrierte Ausbildung zur Erzieherin, so if you have other questions about the Ausbildung, I'm happy to answer them!

 

Jobs do exist, but as was mentioned above, you’ll want to look at private Kitas, since they can hire you without qualifications. I’ve also seen job listings from some of the chains like Fröbel looking for English speakers who are willing to start a praxisintegrierte/berufsbegleitende Ausbildung, so that might be worth a look.

 

I’d second the Agentur für Arbeit and also add the site for Frühe Mehrsprachigkeit an Kitas und Schulen (https://www.fmks.eu/kinderg%C3%A4rten.html)--it has a list of bilingual Kitas, though you’ll have to look on the Kitas’ individual sites for job listings. You might also do a search here on Toytown and read through some of the threads posted by parents looking for English/bilingual Kitas for their kids, and again, look on the individual sites for job listings.

 

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1 hour ago, vaardniica said:

I was in a similar situation a few years ago—looking for Kitas where I could either work without qualifications for a few years or start working on qualifications while I was there. I’m currently in my second year of a praxisintegrierte Ausbildung zur Erzieherin, so if you have other questions about the Ausbildung, I'm happy to answer them!

 

Jobs do exist, but as was mentioned above, you’ll want to look at private Kitas, since they can hire you without qualifications. I’ve also seen job listings from some of the chains like Fröbel looking for English speakers who are willing to start a praxisintegrierte/berufsbegleitende Ausbildung, so that might be worth a look.

 

I’d second the Agentur für Arbeit and also add the site for Frühe Mehrsprachigkeit an Kitas und Schulen (https://www.fmks.eu/kinderg%C3%A4rten.html)--it has a list of bilingual Kitas, though you’ll have to look on the Kitas’ individual sites for job listings. You might also do a search here on Toytown and read through some of the threads posted by parents looking for English/bilingual Kitas for their kids, and again, look on the individual sites for job listings.

 


Thank you for the info! I do have a few questions about the Ausbildung. I’m going to send you a message. 

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