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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

I assume she would not be allowed to just 'miss a year of school' but I would seriously consider trying to get her in an international school if it's just for a year. You would need to contact them quickly though as many have waiting lists. Failing that you could put her in a bilingual school.

You could consider the state school and get some additional English tuition to keep up her English reading and writing. If she is in a state school she will obviously learn some German (and get additional support) and will have friends who live nearby.
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

Hi,

I am planning to join my 3 year old daughter in Rietburg Montessori.There is no much information on their website available.I am any how planning to visit their school but can I get some information about that school like fees,do they have a long waiting list always? etc.

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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

Hi Shilaja,

You have posted your question on multiple threads, but I would recommend that you simply contact the school and ask them directly. There are several very well-established Montessori programmes in/around Zurich, and the fees and programmes are similar but not exactly the same.

The schools *may* have a waiting list, but in my experience, the waiting lists move quite quickly, and it depends on how well you state your case. The bilingual Montessori schools around Zurich are not 'full of foreigners' and tend to be a little biased towards taking families who they feel are likely to enrol for the long-term, rather than 'expats' who are going to be around maybe only 1-2 years. The reason for this is that they don't have a high turnover of children, and the stability can only improve what is on offer.

Do you know where you will live ? The Montessori Primary schools (age 6-12) in Zurich are:
Rietberg Montessori (3-12 years)
d'Insle Montessori (0-12 years)
Lipschule (3-16 years or possibly older)

There are also a number of Montessori preschools/kindergartens, and again, what is on offer does vary a little at each location. No one 'owns' Montessori, but in Switzerland it is licenced by the two Swiss Montessori associations (one on the German, one on the French side) and to use the word "Montessori" in their school name, they have to be accredited by one of those organisations. The accreditation looks at staff training, general facilities and equipment, and the overall programme, and includes on-site visits by one of their representatives.

Anyway, good luck with your success. On the 'plus' side, it's best to start Montessori at age 3, so now is an excellent time to look. Montessori schools will fill places throughout the year, so consider that they might also give you a 'head start' if your child has already turned 3 and you are prepared to enrol before August...
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I am wanting to know if anyone can recommend a maman de jour in the Lausanne /Vevey area who can speak English and/or Italian to look after a 12 month old child approximately 3 half days a week.
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

Hello all,

Not on here very often but a future major change in direction has prompted me to create a post.

Well it looks like I will be getting a new title to my name - that of 'dad' or 'papa'. I was wondering if anyone has some sound advice, in order to plan in a true Swiss style, for this event?

Any advice or help would be warmly welcomed.
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

Hi all,
I'm new in this Forum (and 7 months in Zurich).
I'm 6 months pregnant and I have a few questions about child care in Zurich Kanton:
1. Is now a good time to start looking for a child care or is it too early? I'm planning to go back to work when the Baby will be 6 months old.

2. How do I find out which City has subsidized prices for child care? I understand it can get to 2500 CHF ... we don't mind moving to another place if the child care is good and not so expensive.

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Hi all,
I'm new in this Forum (and 7 months in Zurich).
I'm 6 months pregnant and I have a few questions about child care in Zurich Kanton:
1. Is now a good time to start looking for a child care or is it too early? I'm planning to go back to work when the Baby will be 6 months old.

2. How do I find out which City has subsidized prices for child care? I understand it can get to 2500 CHF ... we don't mind moving to another place if the child care is good and not so expensive.

Thank you for your help
Childcare is expensive full stop. I think CHF 2500 is about average - some of the fancy pants bilingual ones charge CHF 3500 for a 5 day week. Basically you are looking at around CHF 70-170 per day.

I would start looking now. We put our name down at a number of nurseries from when I was about 6 months pregnant and you basically have to let them know every couple of months if you are still interested or they bump you off the list.

At the time I was looking demand outstripped supply but there has been a boom in nurseries opening in the last 3 or 4 years in Zurich so perhaps finding a place these days is a bit easier.

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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

I would definitely start looking now and get your name on the waiting list for all the places you like. I started looking when my son was 4 months and I wanted a place for when he was 18 months so it's quite common. One friend waited for 2 years to get a place in the local krippe.

One point to remember is that the ratio for children to adults under 18 months is higher (I think it's 1 to 4) so there are fewer places available.

I was told by several places that they give priority to those who want full time places so depending on how many days you need that will also be a factor.
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

I know of krippes just outside the city, e.g. around oerlikon/glatt type areas that have places available. City centre krippes tend to be busy, and if you live somewhere outside stadt zurich there might only be one krippe per village so hard to get into. Subsidies depend on your income so contact your local gemeinde and find out whether they offer any childcare support and if so for which krippes.
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

Regarding subsidies:

If you live in Zurich city, then there are very good subsidies for parents based on taxable income. You will need to apply to a kinderkrippe that has subsidized spots (they'll usually mention whether they have subsidies on the web site, if they have one, or you can ask when you visit).

You can do a quick calculation based on this brochure (in English, mostly):

http://www.kihz.ethz.ch/docs/elternbeitragsreglement_EN
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

hi to everybody. We are a family of 4 and the kids are at the age of 16 [girl] and 15 [boy].We will move soon in Neuchatel. The kids are speaking only english and as I check, the bilingual schools are very expensive for two kinds as they are private schools. At this age I don't know which kind of school we shall choose, if they can go in a school to learn the french language for a year in order to be familiar with the learning system, or if I have to choose something else.
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hi to everybody. We are a family of 4 and the kids are at the age of 16 [girl] and 15 [boy].We will move soon in Neuchatel. The kids are speaking only english and as I check, the bilingual schools are very expensive for two kinds as they are private schools. At this age I don't know which kind of school we shall choose, if they can go in a school to learn the french language for a year in order to be familiar with the learning system, or if I have to choose something else.
Hope to help me someone as the kids are not so young for primary school to start...
Is it possible for your children to stay where they are to finish their education? With family maybe or in boarding school.
At that age it will be very difficult for your children to go to a local Swiss school without speaking any French.
If you do bring the kids You will probably be better of enrolling your daughter for intensive French classes as at 16 she is past the age if obligatory schooling so she won't be eligible for French support via the school.
The choice of bilingual schools in Neuchatel is pretty limited and as you say they're expensive but I think it would be the best option for your son if he comes here. He may get extra French help if he hoes to regular Swiss school but it will be very difficult for him to reach the required level in all the subjects if he is only starting to learn now.

Sorry not to be of more help but I really do think it will be a big challenge for your kids to come here at that age.
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

dear belgian mum thanks for the information..
do you know if there is any public school for their age, in english language? or the french language is the only option for public schools?
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

As BelgianMum says, there are no public bilingual schools in Neuchâtel. What year are your kids in in the UK? Will the oldest have finished GCSE's? Is the youngest in year 10?

As BelgianMum says, it is a very very difficult age to join the Swiss public system- which is so different from the UK one, unless where you live still has a Grammar school system. Kids are separated into vocational and academic (it is changing now, but changes will not affect your children due to age)- and it is impossible to be in academic stream unless they speak and write fluent French + have a good grounding in German. If you cannot afford to send them to private school, then I'd say, like BelgianMum, that it would be better for your children to stay in the UK to continue with GCSEs and A'Levels. Post 16 here means continuing to study all subjects- not like the UK system of 4 subject for As and 3 for A'levels- so without French or German, it would be very difficult. Could they stay with friends or relatives- or you could consider one of the many State boarding schools near friends or relatives (in those schools you only pay for baording and not free education) if possible not to far from an airport for regular visits?

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If it is just for one year, and they are doing well at school now - you could consider sending them to the public system here for one year- as total immersion so they can become bilingual- and then go back into the UK school to finish- having acquired sufficient French and German (or Italian, which is the choice in many Upper schools too)- and then be able to study those at GCSE and A'Level later. But I cannot emphasize more what a critical stage this is- and how different the system is. In the UK, a student could choose 4 then 3 subjects at A'Level where a good command of the language is not so paramount (arts, PE, IT, sciences, etc- but even then, they would still have to write essays in those subjects)- but here it is just not possible.

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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

I don't mean to be harsh - and actually I don't know whether there is an English-speaking public school near Neuchatel, but I would assume not since English is not an official language here - but you are talking about moving your kids at a critical point in their school career and it could have life-long consequences for them. I would strongly suggest that you think carefully about whether you should put them through this, and if you must, whether you can stretch the finances to an international school for 2-3 years so they can finish their schooling properly.
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As BelgianMum says, there are no public bilingual schools in Neuchâtel. What year are your kids in in the UK? Will the oldest have finished GCSE's? Is the youngest in year 10?

As BelgianMum says, it is a very very difficult age to join the Swiss public system- which is so different from the UK one, unless where you live still has a Grammar school system. Kids are separated into vocational and academic (it is changing now, but changes will not affect your children due to age)- and it is impossible to be in academic stream unless they speak and write fluent French + have a good grounding in German. If you cannot afford to send them to private school, then I'd say, like BelgianMum, that it would be better for your children to stay in the UK to continue with GCSEs and A'Levels. Post 16 here means continuing to study all subjects- not like the UK system of 4 subject for As and 3 for A'levels- so without French or German, it would be very difficult. Could they stay with friends or relatives- or you could consider one of the many State boarding schools near friends or relatives (in those schools you only pay for baording and not free education) if possible not to far from an airport for regular visits?

my mistake, we are Greeks and not from UK but both have the proficiency level of the english language. Could my problem be solved if they both miss a school year here in Greece and attend a language preparation school in Neuchatel?
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dear belgian mum thanks for the information..
do you know if there is any public school for their age, in english language? or the french language is the only option for public schools?
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French is the only option for public schools in Neuchatel I'm afraid.
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Re: Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland

Not sure this would be allowed for your youngest, as he has to be in 'normal' school by law. That would be possible for your daughter- but then this would have to be private anyhow. What are your childrens' hopes for the future careerwise- do they want to study at uni later? Or are more practical/vocational? Do you think you will be here for a year, or more?

This is very difficult, and I wish I could be more positive in my answers.
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