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Kitas in Bern

Dear Friends,

I am looking into using kitas in Bern for my two pre-school children. I am interested in the Feusi and Leolea kitas. I would be so grateful if anyone could give me some feedback on these (or indeed any others). I think I am limited to the private kitas unfortunately due to the length of waiting lists for the public kitas and also due to their locations.

I'd be particularly interested in hearing about kitas with English or Italian speaking staff.

I realise that this is a sensitive issue for many and so I would be delighted to receive private messages if you prefer not to comment on kitas on a public thread.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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What is a kitas?
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This one has been going continuously over 25 years now! Children must be toilet trained! http://esp-bern.ch/
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Re: Kitas in Bern

Hello

I can't help with the private kitas you mentioned, but we're just going through the kita application process in Bern at the moment. The list of kitas is here:

http://www.bern.ch/leben_in_bern/per...ng_kleinkinder

If you look at the links at the bottom of the page, the first is for private kitas, the second for public. Despite being way down the waiting list, we were able to get places at a couple of kitas in the public list anyway. My understanding is that many of the public kitas have private places as well, but with the new voucher system in force since January it doesn't really matter which you get. Warning: the last part is my own understanding of the situation - it may not be right!

What I can tell you for sure is that we were able to ring our local kita, get a place and apply for the vouchers. We are both working 100% so that might make a difference. You could always phone and ask.
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Re: Kitas in Bern

Dear DublinRome,
I have some recent experience with Kitas in Bern and am happy to share.

We recently relocated from Dublin and have 2 children, 3 years and 10 months old. Initially we were looking for an English or bilingual creche, but as you already have figured out, there are only very few around. Feusi and the Leolea one at Dählhölzli. The British School and the International School run Kindergardens, but they are far out of town.

We qualify for subsidised creche places, but could not even get a private place when we arrived. We contacted the Zentrale Kitavermittlung to be put on the waiting list and thought we just had to wait. However, that's not really how it works as one also has to apply to the Kitas directly and best drop by and introduce oneself. Difficult to do, when you are applying from abroad.

Anyhow, long story short, we got places in the end fairly quickly, but we had to give up on the idea of the children speaking English in creche. Our children now attend a regular creche where the local dialect is spoken but they also attend the English speaking playgroup. In the end I think it is good for them to learn Swiss German too, because it helps them integrate and make friends (although I find it rather shocking, when my child addresses me in dialect :-))
For the first 7 months, we only had creche places for the afternoons, but found an au pair (profilia) who was looking after the children for the other 50% of the time.

You might also find the Ecole Francaise de Bern of interest. It is a private school, but relatively affordable. Children can be enrolled from 3 years even if they don't speak any French. They will be taught in French, but the school also does immersion into English and German. From what i have heard, you find there a very open minded international community of parents of a wide range of different nationalities. We certainly are considering sending our children there in the future.

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Re: Kitas in Bern

I used to work for leolea and found it a well run Organisation.
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Re: Kitas in Bern

Thank you to all who have replied for their helpful comments. I'm afraid I can't figure out how to thank each person individually.
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Re: Kitas in Bern

All,

We will also apply to th public system for my sone who will be 2 at the end of February, just one question has anyone on the forum sent their kids to the University of Bern daycare? We have the opportunity for a place there.

Also you mentioned the voucher system for public versus private, what exactly is that? Sorry its likely on the Citta Bern website but I'm still learning German after living in Italian down here in Ticino for the past 7 years..

Thanks!
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Also you mentioned the voucher system for public versus private, what exactly is that? Sorry its likely on the Citta Bern website but I'm still learning German after living in Italian down here in Ticino for the past 7 years..

Thanks!
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They call them vouchers, but in reality it's a discount that is applied. When you apply to the kita you submit details of salary, family makeup, etc. and they send the information to the central administration, who calculate what you should pay per month. There is a PDF in German somewhere on the site which gives a formula, but we found it impossible to use.

I seem to remember the voucher scheme is much more favourable for families where both parents work 100%. The kitas may be able to give more information but probably not exact figures.
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