Whether kindergarten, school or vocational training - after moving to another country there are many things to arrange, many decisions to make. The following videos explain the education system in Baden-Württemberg in a simple and descriptive way; from the kindergarten, through the individual types of school, to starting a vocational training. The videos are intended to give a first impression of our education system in order to make the start in Baden-Württemberg easier, especially for newly arrived parents.
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"School education is like a bus ride. There is a point where you get on and a point where you get off. In between, you can change buses." Using this image, the video describes the structure of the school system in Baden-Württemberg. It explains which stations lie between primary school and the access to a profession or university and when parents and children have to make decisions.
Note: The video describes the most common types of school in order to simplify the presentation. There may be deviations at some of the schools.
When children are 6 years old they go to school . Before that, they can attend a Kindertagesstätte (nursery) - abbreviated Kita. The video describes the advantages of the Kita, what children can learn and when they can attend.
After school, young people can start a vocational training, for example in the dual system. Around 330 professions are recognized for dual training in Germany. There is a huge variety which ranges from baker to cook to watchmaker. The video explains what “dual” means, how the training is structured and what advantages it offers.
From kindergarden to school
A lot of things become different as children change from Kita to school. This video explains how parents can support their children during this time. It also describes how registration at school works and what the "Einschulungsuntersuchung" is all about.
Change to secondary school
At the end of primary school, children change to a secondary school. Parents - with the support of the teachers - decide which type of school is most appropriate for their child. The video explains how the different types of school focus, what parents should look for when choosing school and why the child's abilities are so important.