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Old 13.02.2011, 20:20
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Meals for 4 year old at school

Hi,

couldn't find anything on 'meals primary school' in the history, so that's why I'm starting this thread now.

I will be subscribing my 4 year old for school coming week and I am wondering if it is possible to let him eat there during lunch time?
If so, approximately what are the costs for this?

Somehow I cannot find this info anywhere on the numerous websites and links etc.

I can choose between 2 locations and one of them is near his infant brother so if he can stay there all day I can easily drop them off/pick them up at the same time, otherwise I'd rather have hum at the school in our village.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 13.02.2011, 20:42
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Re: Meals for 4 year old at school

Have you tried calling the school to ask what the lunchtime arrangements are?

Just a mad thought, like.

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Re: Meals for 4 year old at school

Having lunch at school / provided by the council (or, for your child's age, playgroup) is a very recent development and not standard practice. If at all, you might be able to find a "Mittagstisch", but they are usually only for older children.
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Re: Meals for 4 year old at school

At 4 years old it's kindergarten rather than primary - the normal situation is that there is no lunchtime possibilities - no supervision, no canteen, school locked up even and kids are expected to go home for lunch.

In some places there are "mittagstisch" - that is, somewhere which will give your kid lunch at lunchtime but this may not be available for kindergarten age - often it's age 7 plus (primary school age) and kids will be expected to get themselves there and back to school afterwards. It could be in the same place as the school or somewhere completely different.

A new development is the idea of "Tageschule" - which provide supervision all day, including lunch, these are relatively rare in Switzerland as a whole though - although it's "on the up" so to say. In Basel Stadt for example there are now several day schools. In my area there's nothing like that.

The local Gemeinde or the Schulrat will be able to advise you what's available in your area. If you're working and need to find something for lunchtimes then your best bet is to find a Tagesmutter (childminder) - again the Gemeinde will be able to point you to the Tageselternverein in your area.
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Re: Meals for 4 year old at school

As you are in VD, the school or more likely commune providing supervision and lunch is a very new thing. The quality, what is on offer, and relating provisions are very 'spotty' at best--ie. some have suburb facilities/situation, while others having nothing. Best to ask around your commune and your neighbors to get their input, it really is a 'local' thing. Also, be aware even if they offer this, you still may not get a place. As like creches, too few offered for generally high demand, so places are not guaranteed.
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Re: Meals for 4 year old at school

Like others have said, lunch facilities are very school-by-school. For example, our school has a lunch creche, but it only has around 30-something places for a school with over 1200 kids... Priority there is given to single working parents. The provision is often not managed by the actual school, and can involve the children having to walk elsewhere to attend.

At 4, he'll also only mostly be doing mornings - 1st yr enfantine at my school is 4 mornings and 1 afternoon - so may not be eligible for lunch club anyway as he won't have school most afternoons.

Most villages have one or more 'maman de jour' (childminders) who turn up at the school, grab a gaggle of kids, and head off for a couple of hours. Again, these places can be in high demand - the ones I see picking up at our school usually have at least half-a-dozen kids.

Costs for any provision can vary: some do a flat rate, others base it on your household income.

Are you sure you can choose between two locations? That would be very unusual, unless you make an appeal for work/childcare reasons. The norm is that you're told which school he will attend; personally, I'd go with the nearest to your house for future friendships.

Good luck with the start.
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