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Relocating to Olten from Neuchatel with 8, 6 and 3 year old kids next year 2022

Hi Everyone,

I'm faced with a challenge which I would be grateful to have some ideas and advice.
My family have been living in Neuchatel for 6 years now but with our little French, we're not successful finding jobs there and rather successful getting positions in international companies in Biel and Bern.
Recently I had to change job and couldn't find any in Neuchatel and landed with another international company in Basel and need to commute every week of 2.5 hours one way.

As a result we have decided to relocate to Olten so I can easily reach Basel while my husband also continues his position in Biel.
We have kids 8, 6 (by next year May) and 3 (in June next year) and we need advice on how they'll be able to follow school changing from French to German in grades 3 and 1 of primary school in Olten.

Will they be admitted into the respective grades with a support in German or are they taken completely off the classes and given German lessons for a whole year and made to repeat their grades?
With the little one is it a kita or a spiel gruppe which will be good for her?

Thank you all for your responses and advice which will inform our decisions.

Kindest regards,

Ivy.
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Old 24.10.2021, 15:27
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Re: Relocating to Olten from Neuchatel with 8, 6 and 3 year old kids next year 2022

I think the kids will be OK. I did something similar, and the kids speak fluently. A bit of sentence structure mix up with one (mild dyslexia plus not enough immersion), while the other gets 5.5 - 6 in German, and skipped a grade.
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Re: Relocating to Olten from Neuchatel with 8, 6 and 3 year old kids next year 2022

Drop me a note if you need here around Olten . Kinds be fine - schools may provide them with complimentary german etc to make sure they are okay but it's positive as they get someone to help them for next 12-24months until they feel comfortable . At that age - it should be no issues at all.

I choose to live outside of Olten for few reasons one being school for kids in case you wonder..
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I live close to Olten as well.
If you are looking for a Kita for the youngest I can recommend easykidcare: https://easykidcare.ch/welcome/
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Re: Relocating to Olten from Neuchatel with 8, 6 and 3 year old kids next year 2022

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Re: Relocating to Olten from Neuchatel with 8, 6 and 3 year old kids next year 2022

Sorry I saw this so late - We live in Bern, which in my honest opinion is a much nicer place to live than Olten. (Sorry to the Olten folks)

We moved to Bern because I was working in Neuchatel and my husband was (and is still) working in Basel. It is perfectly centralized and also close to Biel ... it is also bilingual with French. It will be a 25-30 minute longer commute for you by train - but to me, the good outweighs the bad, especially considering your children's' schooling...

We like it so much here that even though my job is no longer in Neuchatel / is in Zurich, we have still chosen to remain here.
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Bern is a really great place to live but don´t all schools there teach in German?
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Bern is a really great place to live but don´t all schools there teach in German?
Yes ... but also in Olten. However, Bern is bilingual where French is a major focus in the schools. (The children can speak it well, so it will be easier for OP's child to integrate)

I'm just also very pro Bern in general.
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Re: Relocating to Olten from Neuchatel with 8, 6 and 3 year old kids next year 2022

I would move to either Biel or Basel, so that at least one person doesn't have a long commute. I don't believe in locations that are in the middle.
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I would move to either Biel or Basel, so that at least one person doesn't have a long commute. I don't believe in locations that are in the middle.
I agree.
Biel to Basel is a very easy commute for whoever has to do it.

The advantage of moving to Biel would be that the children could continue their schooling in French.
Both German and French are offered as the primary language in schools in Biel as it is a bilingual town.
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I would move to either Biel or Basel, so that at least one person doesn't have a long commute. I don't believe in locations that are in the middle.
I guess that is a matter of opinion ... we have been doing it for 3 years now.

Biel is a lovely city OP, definitely something to consider.
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