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It is actually not a bad idea to have the family in Ticino and have the bread earner weekend-comuting from/to Zürich. At least for the children's primary school and get the italian properly into their brain, changing canton when they are 10-12 if they have good grades and repeating a year to get the German going really good. Actually a good plan.
So that one parent sees the kids 2 days a week and the other parent have to basically do everything and raise the children alone? Never mind the couple basically never seeing each other....

Excellent plan.
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So that one parent sees the kids 2 days a week and the other parent have to basically do everything and raise the children alone? Never mind the couple basically never seeing each other....

Excellent plan.
You don't recognize when somebody is taking a p!ss at our dear and nonetheless beloved St2lemans who manages to bring Ticino into the conversation independently of the original topic?
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Old 15.07.2016, 08:32
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You don't recognize when somebody is taking a p!ss at our dear and nonetheless beloved St2lemans who manages to bring Ticino into the conversation independently of the original topic?

No. I really thought you were serious...
Because, well, Italian is better for the kids to learn and we should all really move to Ticino!

Sadly it's not always feasible. I'd move there in a heartbeat if someone would hire me!!

Now I'm off to see if I can find my sense of humor.
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Re: Family relocating to Zurich with two small boys - where to live?

@ToZurichYay
in case you haven't already seen it, the Swiss government website www.ch.ch is a wealth of information, for example
https://www.ch.ch/en/length-compulsory-schooling
https://www.ch.ch/en/start-kindergarten/
and, depending on where you live now,
https://www.ch.ch/en/safe-journey-school may surprise you. It is considered the normal and usual thing that, after some initial support from the parents in the first few weeks, schoolchildren (that would apply to your elder child) make their own way to school. And yes, it is a wonderful thing to live in a country where this is safe. Welcome!
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I really thought you were serious...
We are.

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In Ticino siamo sempre seri.
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We are.
I actually know some cases of very happy weekend relationships so I should maybe not have smiled to much at your Ticino life project.
That being said, you'd be complaining that Ticino gets too crowded if people all followed your advice.
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Re: Family relocating to Zurich with two small boys - where to live?

To the original poster, did you find a place yet?
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Re: Family relocating to Zurich with two small boys - where to live?

Hello,
We were pretty much in the same situation last year with 3 small kids and have used the help of a relocation agency I strongly recommend. They are called Silver Nest Relocation and we dealt with Caroline here in Zurich. It was very helpful and I definitely think it is money well spent.
Good luck!
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Re: Family relocating to Zurich with two small boys - where to live?

Dear all,

I apologise for not posting an update earlier.

I did come to Zurich for a week in August and completely fell in love with the city. I had only seen pictures and heard about it and I found Zurich to be much more beautiful, interesting and friendly than I imagined. It probably helped that I was there during the heatwave and that I saw people drifting down the Limmat on giant buoys at the foot of Hönng.

I walked around all day every day to see many of the various places recommended by you on this thread and by people I met when in Zurich, including some very rural areas when I missed a bus stop and ended up by the Greifensee!

I quickly realised that there were lots of great areas for us to live in and that the main constraints would be finding something within budget (of course) and being able to make it to the appointed time and day for to visit flats as they are offered for rent. One thing that made me very nervous is that everyone I talked to kept telling me how you need luck to find a place in Zurich, and even more luck to find a good place that's not too expensive.

We did get lucky though and I replied to an add from a couple who are going to travel for 4 months (October to February) and sub-letting a lovely flat in Kreis 5 with storage space in the cellar during that time. They're leaving all their furniture etc. in place so we can keep our things boxed to move to a longer-term flat once we've found one - which should be easier once I am there and can actually view and apply for flats. The downsides are that it will still involve a second move (but we don't have that much furniture so it shouldn't be too bad) and that we have to pay a hefty deposit, as you would expect if people basically let you used their home and things for 4 months while they're away.

I'm now going to trawl the threads relating to removal companies (London to Zurich) but will hopefully come across some of you again on the forum or even in Switzerland.

A big heartfelt thank you again for your time and advice, it has really helped us!
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Re: Family relocating to Zurich with two small boys - where to live?

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Thank you again to everyone who has contributed above. I am making slow progress with detailed research right now (life in London has taken over recently) but I feel I've made giant awareness and thinking leaps thanks to your posts and replies.
I will definitely be back at some point with further questions (extra thanks to those who gave me permission to PM them for that purpose)
I'm not sure what sort of welcome we'll get in Zurich, but if it's half as good as on this forum I can't wait to get there!
Could you share what was your final decision and if the outcome was good for you and your family?

I’ll be moving alone in December in Kilchberg, until I find a suitable place for the whole family ( wife and 5 and 1 years old children), hopefully for the spring.
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