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finding a nanny in Zurich

Our family is moving to Zurich soon, we both work full time, and we will be needing a nanny for our children, probably around 20-30 hours per week. Does anyone have advice to offer about how to find someone well qualified (such as particular websites or local forums) and also about a reasonable hourly rate of pay locally? Sometimes the babysitting will be for only one child, other times for all three, ages 8, 10 and 11.
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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

The lilliput.ch website has postings for nannys:

https://www.liliput.ch/kinderbetreuung

This childcare agency is run by an EF member, iirc:

https://www.rockmybaby.ch/pages/home
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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

Also www.perfectway.ch

The site also has info on salary and other obligations you need to be aware of.

https://www.perfectway.ch/en/for-fam...mestic-workers
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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

A nanny will be expansive. Given the age of the children look also into Tagesmutter and Hort. The Hort is part of the school but they also offer supervised care before and after school.
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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

Thank you that's interesting, I hadn't heard of that. I had heard that you could pay to have your child stay at school over lunch, but that this could be quite expensive too. Is this part of the same system, that you pay a certain rate to have lunch and after school care?
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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

Hello, and welcome to the forum. You're to be commended for doing your research before hand.

Within each Sub-Forum here, for example this one on Education
https://www.englishforum.ch/education/
you'll find several threads classes as "sticky". Someone has put them there because they answer the main questions that are asked, over and over again, by people moving to Switzerland.

Here, for example, is a whole bumper thread on Childcare and Schooling in Switzerland.
https://www.englishforum.ch/educatio...itzerland.html

Some newbies arriving here are concerned that the information may be out-of-date, because a thread was started several years ago. Rest assured, not only will there be newer posts at the end of the thread, but in general things change very slowly in Switzerland, so the gist of is is very likely still to be the same.

Also, if you scroll right down to the end of the page, you will find threads which the software deems to be similar to your own. It's a bit hit and miss, but can help.

If you're searching within the forum, it seems to work better to google including "englishforum" as one of your searchwords, rather than trying to use the more laborious and less useful search funtion (top right-hand corner) of the forum itself.

In all cases: know that things are different from Canton to Canton, and sometimes even from municipality to municipality. This is especially true for all matters to do with children.

Since you're moving to Zurich, your life will be much, much easier if you speak German, or are fully intending to learn it. This will be less so professionally (but there also) but will be increasingly important with regard to your child(ren) because a lot of the information you need is available only in German... or right here on this very forum, so welcome!

In case you don't read German, "google translate" can help, although "deepl" seems to generate better translations and it sometimes helps to compare the two.

Hope that helps you get started.
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Thank you that's interesting, I hadn't heard of that. I had heard that you could pay to have your child stay at school over lunch, but that this could be quite expensive too. Is this part of the same system, that you pay a certain rate to have lunch and after school care?
School lunches are arranged by the municipality and their cost depends on the family/parent's income. You should ask the school to provide you with all the forms/info for lunch and Kinderbetreuung (child supervision/care).
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A nanny will be expansive. Given the age of the children look also into Tagesmutter and Hort. The Hort is part of the school but they also offer supervised care before and after school.
Not necessarily. Given the children's ages, they will be in school until 12:00 every day and then they will have to have lunch in the Hort and stay there from 15:30 until about 18:30. Lunchtime care will cost about 24-33 CHF a day per child (depending on where you live. Zürich City was 33 CHF last I checked) while care from 12:00 to 18:00 costs about 73 CHF per child (Zürich city charged the full 73 CHF even if the child only attended school until 15:30 last time I lived there). If the OP pays 73 CHF per child:

73 x 3 x 5 = 1095 CHF per week.

I doubt the OP will be entitled to any subsidies. They will need to pay the full tariff. If they find someone to come at 11:30 and cook for the children and stay with them until 18:00, it might work out cheaper.

Of course one could argue that the children are old enough to go home after 15:30 but they will probably all have different schedules so the 8 year old might need to be home alone some days. Children going home after school can same money but not every parent would be comfortable with that.

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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

Hi Rebecca!

If you will be in Zurich city the price for lunchtime and hort are pretty much what DerDieDas confirmed. I find it is good to have "one foot in the hort" as also provides holidays hort etc. This can be useful when both parents work.

The children will likely all attend the same neighborhood school and hort is attached to it.

The older children will likely have school 3 or even afternoons a week until 15:30. The youngest 2 or 3 afternoons a week. Wed afternoon is always free.

So perhaps you can do a flexible model where you have a minder on Wed & Fri from 11:45-18 to cook lunch, take to activity and supervise and the other days the children can do lunch hort and then be home by themselves after school or perhaps with Hort for the younger one?

If you are both working maybe look for someone who can also help with housework - at that age the children will essentially need an adult around more than someone who entertains them.

Most swiss people are comfortable with the children being alone and responsible from a young age and depending where you live, they will be out to play a lot with neighborhood friends.

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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

For Zurich - salary guideline around 30chf - 35chf/hour or possibly more if you want someone with full professional qualifications and to do housework as well.


If the kids are all going to the local school then each of them will have a different schedule and even their lunch breaks may not be the same.


Also ask if either your or your husband's company are listed with ProFawo - they can provide support with preparing a contract and making the necessary insurances/tax etc for your nanny. The regulations are quite clear in Switzerland and employing someone improperly could have implications for permit/citizenship in the future.



https://www.profawo.ch/en/offers
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Re: finding a nanny in Zurich

Here's a thread setting out the requirments on an employer, to hire en employee legally. This particular thread was started about hiring a cleaner, but the rules are the same for any employer.
https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-li...stic-help.html
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