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Apply for recognition as a childhood educator with professional qualification from abroad.


The profession of childhood educator is regulated in Germany. This means: You have to prove a certain qualification to be allowed to work in the profession. If you have a foreign professional qualification as a childhood educator , you can work in this profession in the chosen federal state under certain conditions.

To do this, you must submit an application with all the necessary documents to the relevant state authority.

In the recognition procedure, the office compares your professional qualification from abroad with the professional qualification in the chosen federal state and makes an equivalence determination.

You will receive feedback after your application has been reviewed. If your professional qualification is equivalent and you meet the other requirements, you will receive state recognition. Then you are allowed to use the professional title "state-approved childhood educator".

If you lack professional qualifications for recognition, the notice will state the essential differences. You can then take a compensatory measure.

  • Equivalence of your professional qualification
  • You must be authorized to practice the profession in the country of training.

For the state recognition you still have to fulfill the other requirements. These are usually:

  • Personal suitability: you are reliable to work as a childhood educator and have no criminal record.
  • Health suitability: you are mentally and physically able to work in the profession.
  • You have German language skills at the required level.
  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
  • Proof of your professional qualification
  • Proof of education
  • Evidence of professional experience as a childhood educator
  • Proof of other qualifications
  • Certificate that the profession may be practiced in the country of training
  • Information on applications for recognition that have already been submitted. Then indicate the office to which you have submitted the application.
  • You usually hand in these documents later. The responsible office will inform you when to hand in the documents:

  • Proof of your personal suitability: for example, criminal record extract or certificate of good conduct.
  • Proof of your health suitability: medical certificate
  • Proof of your German language skills: Language certificate
  • If your documents are not in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorized.

Fees according to the General Fee Schedule of the State of Saxony-Anhalt (AllGO LSA) tariff item 17 between 20 and 182 € are incurred.

3 months

The competent office will acknowledge receipt of your application within one month. The competent office will inform you if further documents are required.

If you have submitted all the required documents you will receive a decision with the result after 3 months at the latest. In certain cases, the competent body may extend the procedure.

You can take legal action against the decision of the competent body within a certain period (action before the administrative court). The decision will then be reviewed. Details on this can be found in the information on legal remedies at the end of your decision. We recommend that you first talk to the responsible office before taking legal action against the decision.

Please contact the Saxony-Anhalt State Administration Office.

The application must be submitted in writing. It may be submitted informally.

You can submit the application to the competent state authority. You must submit all the necessary documents in the form of copies to the competent body.

The competent body will then check: Is your professional qualification equivalent to the professional qualification in your federal state? The content of the training and the duration of the training, for example, are important for the comparison. The competent body also takes into account your professional experience, other certificates of competence and qualifications.

The competent body then checks the other requirements. If your professional qualification is equivalent and you meet all other requirements, you will receive state recognition. You may then use the professional title "state-approved childhood educator".

If the competent authority cannot determine equivalence, you will receive a notice with an explanation of the essential differences. To compensate for substantial differences, you can take a compensatory measure.

If you successfully complete the compensatory measure and meet the other requirements, you will receive state recognition.

The application shall be denied if the applicant has been convicted by a final court decision of a criminal offense committed intentionally and this results in the applicant's unsuitability to practice the profession. The state recognition shall be revoked if the reason for refusal arises subsequently.

The state recognition shall be revoked if it subsequently becomes known that the prerequisites for granting it did not exist.

Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Integration of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt - Landesprüfungsamt für Gesundheitsberufe
Hansering 15
06108 Halle (Saale), Stadt
Ernst-Kamieth-Str. 2
06112 Halle (Saale), Stadt
+49 345 514-3268

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