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Day Mother / Child Care

Hi can anyone help please? I am looking to start as a Day Mother / Child Care for English speaking children based at my home (in Lengnau) for 1 or 2 children of preschool age. Could anyone advice of what qualifications are required before you can legally look after children, apart from being a Mum of 1 which comes under experience.
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Re: Day Mother / Child Care

Well, I can only really comment on the situation in our area - and I'm sure it varies from place to place.

Here to be an "official" Tagesmutter you need to do a short course (a few days) run by the Tageselternverein - and I think you pay a registration fee to get on their list after you've done it. Then that's it really. They put you on the list and wait til they find someone who matches you. There's very little regulation as far as I can tell - nothing like there is back home in the UK anyway (where there are all kinds of procedures to be written and background checks and inspections). I should also mention that on our Tageselternverein "requirements" list it says that to be registered with them you must speak one of the Swiss official languages.

But from what I've seen just around - on lilliput.ch and in the local coop ads there are loads of unofficial tagesmutters out there - people who just advertise and I've no idea about the legalities of that. There are plenty more people who just make an arrangement with a friend or someone they know from school.

If you want to do it "properly" then I think it makes sense to first of all contact the Tageselternverein in your area and see what they say - probably they will have all the info you need.
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Thank you very much for that, very helpful.
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