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Working in Kinderkrippe

Hi everyone!!! I have some questions about working in kinderkrippe (kindergarden) here in Switzerland. I tried Google but didn't find the right questions.

Does anyone has experience working in this field? My questions are:
1. Is Praktikum necessary?
2. What can i do after the 'praktikum'?
3. I don't want to be a teacher, i just want to be assistant. Is that possible?

All answer would be really appreciated.

Oh, i am intending to work in an English speaking Kinderkrippe. I speak fluent English and i am doing A2 Deutsch Niveau.
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Re: Working in Kinderkrippe

I work in a Kinderkrippe in canton Aargau. So hopefully I can be of some assistance.
First of all, childcare centres have to have a certain percentage of trained staff, with recognized qualifications as "Fachfrau Betreuung Kinder" or equivalent. All others are considered untrained staff, so if you do not have the qualifications you are competing against Praktikanten who work for wages akin to slave labour (700Chfs/month in our Kita). Canton Aargau has slightly more relaxed regulations than other cantons, and allows the manager to use their judgement as to whether a person has enough experience to justify being hired as qualified staff, even if they do not have the papers. This is how I got my job as a Miterzieherin, so it is not impossible, just difficult.

Do have any qualifications in this field? If yes, you should try to have them recognized.
If no, do you have any experience?
If yes, you could try to find a job as a Miterzieherin, and, once your German has improved, you could try to do the Nachholbildung to gain the qualifications.
If you do not have any experience you will likely need to do a Praktikum, again with the option of maybe doing an apprenticeship after your German improves. The school part of the apprenticeship is fairly difficult involving a lot of essays, so without a good level of German it would be nearly impossible.
The praktikum itself gives you absolutely no qualifications other than experience. There are many young people competing for apprenticeship positions, and often centres have 3 or 4 Praktikanten competing for one position, with the others often having to do another praktikum in a different centre before getting an apprenticeship spot. Some end up doing more than 2 years of Praktikum before getting a spot.
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Re: Working in Kinderkrippe

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I work in a Kinderkrippe in canton Aargau. So hopefully I can be of some assistance.
First of all, childcare centres have to have a certain percentage of trained staff, with recognized qualifications as "Fachfrau Betreuung Kinder" or equivalent. All others are considered untrained staff, so if you do not have the qualifications you are competing against Praktikanten who work for wages akin to slave labour (700Chfs/month in our Kita). Canton Aargau has slightly more relaxed regulations than other cantons, and allows the manager to use their judgement as to whether a person has enough experience to justify being hired as qualified staff, even if they do not have the papers. This is how I got my job as a Miterzieherin, so it is not impossible, just difficult.

Do have any qualifications in this field? If yes, you should try to have them recognized.
If no, do you have any experience?
If yes, you could try to find a job as a Miterzieherin, once your German has improved you could try to do the Nachholbildung to gain the qualifications.
If you do not have any experience you will likely need to do a Praktikum, again with the option of maybe doing an apprenticeship after your German improves. The school part of the apprenticeship is fairly difficult involving a lot of essays.

Hey, thanks for your reply. I used to be Au pair. I took care of 3 kids aged 4, 7 & 10 for 14 months. I don't have a diploma for Chilcare since i studied something else (Nursing assistant) but now i realized i want to make a career involving kids. Last year, i got a praktikum in one of english kinderkrippes in Zürich. The problem was they are intending to pay me 800fr/mo.. I live alone and i can't live with that money. What do u suggest that i do?
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Re: Working in Kinderkrippe

Check out the ad that was just posted in the jobs offered section on this forum, Also the following websites often have postings:

http://www.kinderkrippen-online.ch
www.liliput.ch

I found my job by simply sending my resume to all centres in my area. Even though they had not even advertised they were hiring. I just googled Kinderkrippe for every town in a 15km radius from my home, found their contact info on their websites and sent my resume to them by e-mail.

Like I said, it is not impossible to find a proper position, just more difficult as you are competing with the low wages of a Praktikant.
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Re: Working in Kinderkrippe

I will keep everything in mind and start sending cv's now. Thank you so much for giving me hope
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Re: Working in Kinderkrippe

Just to add, you may want to see if you can get your nursing assistant certificate recognized. There are three very similar apprenticeships available here called Fachfrau Betreuung, one is for kids, one for seniors and one for special needs, the nursing assistant qualification may match up with at least some of it. It would certainly help with your job search.
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Re: Working in Kinderkrippe

If I may revive an old topic for the topic participants to help, but also any other forum member who could help too.

My wife recently moved with me in Zurich and is investigating career paths. We are both from a EU country, if that matters to anyone.

Her most wanted option is to work at a Krippe as she is really talented with children and she can see herself working long term as a Krippe teacher.

However, she does not have an Early Education degree, but she has a BSc degree in German Language and Literature (aka Germanistik). In her degree they have a lot of classes related to teaching, psychology of students and similar topics. Additionally, she has some experience with Krippes as she has voluntarily worked for a few months at similar settings back home. Additionally, due to her degree she is fully fluent in German and she speaks very good English too.

Our current stage is trying to identify the steps she would need to take in order to initiate a career in such a profession.

What we have figured out is that she will need to do some sort of Praktikum at a Krippe that will then lead to some sort of additional education (Lehrstelle).

Therefore, our current practice is to send applications to Krippes in the canton Zurich with a motivation letter and a CV applying from Praktikum positions. Hopefully then the plan is that she starts the Praktikum and "Lehrstelle" which will make her a fully qualified Krippe teacher in a few years time.

Does this all make sense? Are we having the right strategy?

It's kinda hard trying to unlock all the little details in an education system that we are not familiar with at all...

So any information will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers!
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