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How to become a childminder in Zurich?

Hi everyone,
I am currently a registered childminder in London. I have a degree in Child Studies from Canada and more than ten years of working experience with young children.
My husband got a job in Zurich and because I love what I am doing I am hoping to be able be a childminder in Zurich.
However, I do not speak German at all . Some people told me that in order to be a childminder in Zurich I must know German and I need to take a course in German as well for childminding.
I have of course a course for Childminding from UK since I am registered here as well as my degree from Canada.
Does anyone know if it is necessary to take the course there?
also, if it is a legal requirment to be registered with a government body as a childminder and if yes which is this organization?
Please inform me about anything regarding Childminding in Zurich because I do not know how different things are there.
Thank you so much for your interest I truly appreciate it!!!!!
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Re: How to become a childminder in Zurich?

Maybe it would help if you told us exactly what 'a childminder' is. I'm not splitting hairs or trying to be difficult, but the more facts you give us, the easier it is for us to see what the rulings here might be. Some people certainly look after other people's children without speaking German. (read all the ads on here!) There are strict rules for running a 'Krippe' or a 'Hort' though.
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Check out other posts on here to give yourself a few more ideas of what might be involved.
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hi, thank you for the reply childmindrer means tagesfamilien as I found in the dictionary

Childminder/tagesfamilien in UK is a registered person in a government body that take care of children in his/her house. Has all the paperwork that a daycare/nursery has and generally is a nursery that runs from a house. The difference to a nursery is that you can have maximum 9 children and the ratio is one staff for three children.
In UK is illegal to take care children in your house as a paid job.
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Old 01.03.2011, 12:01
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Re: Childminder looking for work in Zurich Area

Yes you have to be registered. Once you know where you will be living ask at your Geminde/Kreis Bureo for details of your local Tagesfamilienverein, they are the one who deal with registration & also with payment of wages etc.

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Hi, I am a registered childminder in London as well. My husband got a job in Zurich so I am looking as you to be a childminder in Zurich. I am wondering how can we register as childminders in Zurich. Is being registered a legal requirement as in UK? Please tell me anything you know about it because I do not have any idea how things are working in Switzerland regarding childcare...
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Re: How to become a childminder in Zurich?

Hi, I am a nanny in Zürich and have my cert from The Open University. I have no swiss qualifications and have not been asked to do one either. I have worked with both swiss and English families and have had no problem finding work.

There are websites www.liliput.ch and there are dozens of job offers there. If you want something more serious there is one nanny agency www.nannyvermittlung.ch which offers a professional service. I got several interviews and each job I took as a nanny I got via them. They make sure that you have a contract and if you have any concerns you can ask them. Also because the people looking via them have to pay to gain access to your infomation, the families are fairly well off and are less likely to abuse the power.

Alot of swiss families like that you will speak english and teach it to their children so the real need for german is to get along in daily life but saying that the swiss love to speak english. I have lived here 7 years, can speak swiss german, am married to a swiss and have a dual swiss/irishh passport, once they realise I speak english there is no chance that the german is back in conversation.

Good luck with the job search, it will be easy. If you need any advice just let me know.
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