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schools in Vaud (or surrounding)

Hi first post here on this site. Wasn't sure where to post this. We're looking to move to Switzerland next year. What age do Children start school and Kindergarden in and around Vaud. How many hours do they do? considering state and independent routes. Do they have to go home for lunch?
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Re: schools in Vaud (or surrounding)

I beleive this thread overlaps with the other started by OP, but will let the mods decide.

Vaud starts at age 4, technically optional until age 6, but some 90% or more attend, so sort of de-facto expected to send at age 4. With implmention of HarmoS in 2012, Vaud will have obligatory schooling from age 4, with cut off date of 31 July.

Generally they go home for lunch for about 2 hours, the length depends on the individual schedule of the school/commune where you reside. Some communes have instituted UAPE/parascolarie which may give you the possibility to have children go to that facilitiy for lunch, but this is very new so not all schools have it, demand outstrips supply, and you have to pay for it. The quality of this service also varies tremendously.

The hours for kindergarten, ie. the first year of enfantine at age 4 are generally a gradual introduction for the first year. This of course depends on the commune and what the individual school has decided, so you have to check locally, some are starting to regularise, others keep the gradual introduction. Typcially in the first year, a bizarre, non-regularised schedule of a few hours here, a few hours there, sometimes afternoons, sometimes morning, etc.
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