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Advice please about getting childcare work

I am relocating to geneva with my husband in nov.I am very surprised that it's difficult to find a teaching position in geneva unless one speaks french. I have been in the childcare /preschool industry for almost 12 years and teaching children from different countries and cultures. I do hope I could a teaching job. Some friends suggested that I try babysitting. Anyone know where and how to do about it?
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I am relocating to geneva with my husband in nov.I am very surprised that it's difficult to find a teaching position in geneva unless one speaks french. I have been in the childcare /preschool industry for almost 12 years and teaching children from different countries and cultures. I do hope I could a teaching job. Some friends suggested that I try babysitting. Anyone know where and how to do about it?
You really need a recognised Swiss qualification for the childcare / preschool industry here. The Swiss Red Cross do courses for child minding, and you get a SWISS certificate at the end of it. But I suppose you need to understand French first.

In Berne is a successful English Speaking Playgroup run by British teachers, you might want to start your own in Geneva,
http://www.esp-bern.ch/
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I am relocating to geneva with my husband in nov.I am very surprised that it's difficult to find a teaching position in geneva unless one speaks french. I have been in the childcare /preschool industry for almost 12 years and teaching children from different countries and cultures. I do hope I could a teaching job. Some friends suggested that I try babysitting. Anyone know where and how to do about it?
What makes you think that as you speak English, incidentally a foreign language in Geneva, you should find it easy to get a job ?

There are a LOT of people who speak English here, along with French and German.
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Re: Advice please about getting childcare work

i teach here in c.h and it was pretty easy for me to find a job- but i have graduate degrees in linguistics and tesol, along with years of teaching experience.

if you have degrees in early child care or teaching you may have luck in a private creche, playgroup or school, but experience and language alone won't get you a job. most employers want to see that you have pedagogical training and education. yes, in regards to charlie's comment, yes there are people here who speak english plus other languages so your best bet is to take some time and learn french- you can't expect your students to want to learn another language if you aren't doing the same.

otherwise, in terms of babysitting- i know there are strict regulations on being registered with the canton to babysit- i would check out what you need and get that together as well as taking the time to learn french... it'll make your own transistion easier.
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Re: Advice please about getting childcare work

Thanks for your adviceamarya. I am defintely sure that experience and language alone won't get me a job. And beside having experience, one need to have pedagogical training and education and that is a must everywhere( I am sure ).
In regards to charlie's comment- I never think it is easy to find a job in Geneva nor expect to find one easily. As someone who is new to this country and this forum, I am just getting advise and suggestions.And do appreciate for your kind advice.
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Id give the international schools a shot.
Maybe they need some temps or something and that way you could work your way up while also taking some French course.
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my experience is that your formal qualifications (pedagogical training) will be the most important factor... if you have something that is UK recognised 3-4 year diploma or degree training in early childhood, then you definitely can look for work. If you have 'experience' but no formal qualifications then you will be limited in your options...
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I am very surprised that it's difficult to find a teaching position in geneva unless one speaks french.
I found it equally surprising that I was expected to speak English when teaching back on the UK .
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my experience is that your formal qualifications (pedagogical training) will be the most important factor... if you have something that is UK recognised 3-4 year diploma or degree training in early childhood, then you definitely can look for work. If you have 'experience' but no formal qualifications then you will be limited in your options...
Thanks. My bachelor is from Australia, majoring in early childhood and family studies. So I really have no idea if I can be hired. But nevertheless, will still look around.
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I came across this on the College du Leman website

.Primary Teachers - supply coverFor our Anglophone Primary Section

We are seeking local, qualified and experienced Primary school teachers to do supply cover when necessary in our Anglophone Primary School section.
A good knowledge and experience of the PYP and/or IPC Curricula as well as teaching EFL, an open-minded character, experience in an international establishment and fluency in French will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to be flexible, to show initiative and be able to work autonomously.
Ref. en-pr-ft supply cove

Look as though even the international school would prefer a knowledge of french but it may be a good starting point.
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I would prepare a CV with your qualifications and relevant experience, and have that and a covering letter translated to French.

Apply to bilingual english/French or 'international' schools.

Even if your local language is minimal, with Aussie degree qualifications in Early Childhood they should be interested in talking to you...

The reason for having everything translated in French is so that you get past the 'front desk' of the school - lower level staff are not likely to be as fluent in English or be able to see your positives if they can't get past the language barrier.

And in the meantime, make some connections and try to find someone who knows how to get your qualifications recognised - either you apply to CRUS (council of universities) to see if there is an equivalency, or you apply to EDK (federal education department) to see if they will give you certification as a teacher...a local swiss principal who is interested in employing you 'down the track' might be interested in taking you under their wing - and if you get swiss recognition, you will be much more employable...
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Ps. if you were in Zurich, I could refer you to several bilingual preschools who would be very keen to talk to you...
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Thanks Swisspea for your information. I am not in Zurich but in Geneva. I am orginally from Singapore thus I got my degree from australia
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