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Childcare in ZRH = Lausanne?

Hello,
Sorry for the probably stupid question, but in Lausanne to get a place in a crèche (childcare centre) you need to sign up on a waiting list ages in advance. I can't find if it's the same in Zürich. Does this sound familiar?

I found this page from the ETH which links to this page of Stadt Zürich, but then I'm very confused:
What's KITAS (mentions a warteliste...)? Is kinderhaus a "crèche"? Is there maybe a french or english written resource that explains how to arrange childcare?

thanks in advance...
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Re: Childcare in ZRH = Lausanne?

noone knows?
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Re: Childcare in ZRH = Lausanne?

You will be looking for "Kinderkrippe" which is the German equiv of a creche.

There is a shortage of childcare places so the earlier you can get onto a waiting list the better. We had my son on a list 4 months before he was born but we got the one we wanted.

Just google a stack of "kinderkrippe zürich" and start ringing round the ones that take your fancy. There is no procedure to approaching them - they normally just send you a form and you have to let them know every three months or so if you want to stay on the waiting list or they bump you off.
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Re: Childcare in ZRH = Lausanne?

The sticky on childcare&schooling has a nice post with all the defintions in French and German relating to childcare and schooling.
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Hello,
Sorry for the probably stupid question, but in Lausanne to get a place in a crèche (childcare centre) you need to sign up on a waiting list ages in advance. I can't find if it's the same in Zürich. Does this sound familiar?

I found this page from the ETH which links to this page of Stadt Zürich, but then I'm very confused:
What's KITAS (mentions a warteliste...)? Is kinderhaus a "crèche"? Is there maybe a french or english written resource that explains how to arrange childcare?

thanks in advance...
KITA = Kindertagesstätte which is a Krippe or Hort aka creche.

Kitas.ch appears to be a website of daycare centers in CH and perhaps there you can look for a spot. It is in de or fr and they do have a section called "platz-suche" (search for a placement)...
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Re: Childcare in ZRH = Lausanne?

Thank you!
So it seems there is no centralized waiting list like in Lausanne (for all the "city-managed" creches here you sign up on one centralised list fr all the inhabitants of Lausanne, and get automatically put on waiting list for the 4-5 creches in your neighbourhood).
In Zurich, it seems one must contact each kinderkrippe (or KITA) individually, correct?
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Re: Childcare in ZRH = Lausanne?

There might be a gemeinde (local council) childcare or two in your area, but to my knowledge there's no centralised booking system. There are hundreds of childcare options in Zurich. I'm not convinced that there are long waiting lists - more a case of finding one that meets your needs the best.
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There might be a gemeinde (local council) childcare or two in your area, but to my knowledge there's no centralised booking system. There are hundreds of childcare options in Zurich. I'm not convinced that there are long waiting lists - more a case of finding one that meets your needs the best.
This is probably true of the mono-lingual daycares in Zurich but there is such a demand for bilingual places there is more often than not a waiting list. Some new neighbours of ours are trying to find a place anywhere in the city and they are on about 6 different waiting lists ranging from 6 months to 2 years.

If you're not too choosy or you are willing to travel out of the immediate city area I think you can get a place fairly quickly, though.
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