Career Change - Men and Women in Early Childhood Education and Care

The federal pilot programme "Career Change - Men and Women in Early Childhood Education and Care" provides support to pilot projects that create or optimise training formats for adults aimed at male and female career changers wanting to become state recognised educators. The training is combined with paid employment in child day-care centres in order to safeguard the trainees' livelihoods.

The previous federal ESF pilot programme "MORE Men in Early Childhood Education and Care" (2011–2013) showed that not only many women but also men, and in particular men over 25, want to change their careers to become educators. Seen on a nationwide basis, however, the number of those having re-qualified has so far been relatively low because at the moment the three-year training period is unpaid and people cannot go without income for such a long period. This is set to change with the new federal ESF pilot programme.

The aim is to give men and women the opportunity of life-long learning while at the same time earning their livelihood – regardless of their previous employment status. Thus both employed and unemployed persons will be able to individually adapt to a changing labour market independently of state funding instruments and gain a qualification as a state-recognised educator.

Profile of the programme

Target group
  • Employees
  • Unemployed

Employees wishing to change their careers and (long-term) unemployed individuals

Number of projects


Implementation period

2015.06.01 - 2020.08.31

  • Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Thematic objective

C: Investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and life-long learning

Additional Information

web­site of pro­gramme


Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend

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10117 Berlin