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Moving to Basel - Childcare options

Hi

I'm moving to Basel in the near future and have 1.5yr old twin girls to put in daycare.

I've seen Littlefoot in Volltastrasse and I can get places at a new Kids & CO in Gellert. Which i understand getting one place can be challenging never mind two!

Our dilemma is that we will both work in Roche Basel. We don't know where we will be living for the first three month, so making an informed decision is difficult and I don't want to screw up as we may have to wait along time to change day care centres. Longer term, we may consider a nanny, but I want the twins to be socialised and to be more settled beforew we look at that in more detail

Littlefoot will discout places for twins, with a saving of 6000 per annum - not to be ignored.

Kids & Co won't discount, however, my friends over there have used them and will put their own lives on how good this group is. but I haven't been there and seen it.

I'm tempted to go with Gellert as it's nearer to Roche, nearer to Basel Land areas we like, and I have several good recommendations from friends I'd rate. Husband on the other hand can't get the money saving out of his head! I'm just a querying as well, whilst they are available to offer two places and discount - why is that?

I wondered if anyone on the forum had experience with either nursery and could provide some of your experiences to try to help us make a decision.....soon

Loads more questions to come no doubt but any advice here most welcome

Thanks
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Re: Moving to Basel - Childcare options

You will find it easier to decide once you have actually visited the second centre as well. In the meantime, which one has the friendliest, more childcentred looking website? I am not saying that is the only thing to judge a centre on, but until you have seen the second one and talked with staff there, you don't have any other equal things to be comparing ( apart from cost.)
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Re: Moving to Basel - Childcare options

Hi,

we haven't had great experience with Basel kindergartens/daycare; and the experience has taught us something.

I suggest you do the following:
  • invest a lot of time to visit several childcare centres
  • make sure you know what is important for you (e.g. bilingual vs. one language; creative environment; going out, etc)
  • their working hours, when it's closed (for summer/winter holidays, other holidays, etc)
  • any other point you consider important
What I generally do not like (and you will see it in lot of places) is that the groups are with kids of all ages (3months up to 5-6 years). Those groups can not invest lot of time in older kids, as 3month old demand lot of attention; therefore it may be not the best environment for 1.5yr old.

Also, you will find that lot of them do not have playgrounds in proximity. this makes it impossible (or very hard) to take kids outdoors, which is important for their physical development. (and it is important for kids to develop motoric abilities, dexterity, etc).

Additionally, I have seen that in some not the great attention is put to child as an individual (what child needs, how it develops socially); that kids are not engaged in the creative play; or in any play during the normal day, they are mostly playing by themselves.

Also pay attention if there's any 'small motorics' development (not sure if it's correct term). Those are done when kids are cutting with scissors, playing with small pins, etc. (to develop fine hand coordination through play).

From previous daycare (in another country) where all of this was somewhat normal we landed into Basel's one where daily activities are not really done in a good way, we weren't impressed. Then again, work hours of daycare were good for us (both working full day).

Now we are changing from 3rd of January to another place. Should be better than the first one; but note that every change is a stress for a child, and requires adaptation period, etc.

All in all - you may consider savings initially (not a small sum, mind you); but if you realize that your kid is spending 75% of awake time in, basically, boring and unsatisfying environment, then is it worth it?

Cheers!
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Re: Moving to Basel - Childcare options

Hi there,

I know this link is quite old but I just wondered if you made a decision on childcare? My son is 1.5 years old and goes to the Kids & Co Gellert. I just wanted to say that we are extremely pleased with this daycare and my son is always happy to go in the morning. He's made some great friends, does loads of different activities, and even eats a bigger variety of food since joining! I've noticed his language skills have improved dramatically and he can speak both English and German now which is always a bonus

All the best,

Naomi
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