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Re: Playgroups in English, French and German in Zurich

When my daughter was a toddler I took her to the Canterbury playgroups in the centre of Zurich (based in the hall of the St Andrews Church near Stadelhofen but not affiliated with the church).

The beauty of these groups is that they were run by the parents, with parents taking it in turns to organise snacks, tea etc and a craft activity. It was a great way for both my daughter and for me to meet new people, and six years later I'm still good friends with people I met then.

I don't know if this info is still up-to-date but you could try these contacts for the canterbury groups and others:

I also took my daughter to the preschool at the WAC:
The WAC is in Uster, but we used to get the train from Stadelhofen (10 minutes) and then a very short walk.

The WAC also has lots of parent and child groups in the afternoons, which would be worth checking out.

Later on my daughter went to a Swiss Kinderkrippe for two days a week. This was fantastic, not just in terms of language, but also in terms of immersing my daughter in the culture, which was very different from what we were used to. By this I mean the level of independence children have, the songs they sing, and all the little rituals that were new to us.

If you want groups in Swiss-German, you could try the local music school, which will probably run music groups for kids up to the kindergarten age. Also try your local Gemeindezentrum (community centre) which very likely offers a range of groups for kids of all ages:

These centres are a wonderful resource for the whole family, and a great way to hopefully meet some locals.

I wouldn't worry about High German yet, especially if your kids can already speak Swiss-German. This is the case for so many local kids anyway, and they all end up speaking fluent High German very quickly once it is introduced in school.

My daughter (now in the third class) is fluent in both after starting from nothing.
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