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Family Information for New People to Switzerland

I have started to put together a list of various useful details to help mums/families that are new to CH and (unfortunately only) the Zurich area (as thats where I know).
I will add more as & when I can...

Useful links for those with babies/toddlers/children:

Childrens Hospital Zurich
Address:
Kinderspital Zürich
Universitäts-Kinderklinik
Steinwiesstrasse 75
8032 Zürich

Tel: 044 266 71 11
Website: http://www.kispi.unizh.ch/

Other:
Medical information and consultation for parents
Telefon: 0900 266 711 (CHF 3.23 pro Minute) If you are unsure whether to take your child to the hospital then this is the best number to call. And you can ask for someone who speaks English.

Assistance with Breast Feeding (German Name = Still Beratung)
La Leche League (free phone assistance)
Joanna Koch
Kilchberg 8802
Zurich
Tel: 044 715 1946

Breast Feeding Consultation
List of advisors, area & language spoken.
http://www.stillberatung.ch/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemi d=39

Publications for English Speaking Parents
New Stork Times
http://www.thestork.ch/nst/

Mothering Matters
Susan Straubinger, 044 772 36 55
www.mmjournal.com

Child Care Options:
Day Care/Play Groups: Talk to your local Gemeinder/Kreisburo for a list of Play Group (Kinder Krippes) and also registered babysitters for your area.

Day Family Care/Tages Familien
This is a government assisted organisation that assists families find placements for babies/children within local families within their own homes & to you specification (non-smoker, no animals etc). If you prefer a more personalised care for your little one then I can recommend this option.
http://www.tagesfamilien.ch (site is in French & German)
If you are looking for a babysitter, or looking to work as one:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/babysitters_in_switzerland/
Au Pairs in Switzerland:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aupairs_in_switzerland/


Families Living in the Zurich Area
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Families-in-Zurich/


Other
www.montessori-zuerichsee.ch

The following link already has many useful links etc. so instead of re-doing work that has already been done:
http://www.xpatxchange.ch/index.php?option=content&task=category&sectionid=8 &id=24&Itemid=41

Other General Useful Sites if new to CH
www.swissinfo.org statistics, info on what’s happening in CH etc, also in various languages
www.directories.ch telephone directory also in English
www.search.ch
map.search.ch
http://www.zuerich.com In English – what’s on in & around ZRH
www.find&dine.ch
www.myswitzerland.com
www.cityguide.ch
www.freetranslation.com
www.comparis.ch a comparison site for various services e.g. health insurance, credit cards etc.
http://www.singandsign.ch/ For babies

If I’m not sure on health symptoms etc. I use
http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Smoking Free Restaurants
The site below lists various non smoking restaurants
http://www.zuerich.com/restaurants/search/category/search.html?submit&selectArt=/Restaurants/Nichtraucher/

www.starbucks.ch
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Re: Family Info for New People to ZRH/CH

Thank you soo much for this. We are moving to Zurich May 1st with a 2 year old and a 5 month old. Just what I have been looking for.

Cold I ask about immunisations? How do I go about completing these for my daughter? Do they have a GP system?

Thanks


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Re: Family Info for New People to ZRH/CH

Hi,
some links for the french speaking side.

Website with lots of liks to childcare, schools, childminders, camps, kids clubs http://www.lafamily.ch/qsPortal/DispArt.asp?N=106326

Childcare etc http://www.pourvousaider.ch/
http://apef.pagesjaunes.ch/home.aspx
http://www.parent.ch/content/section/25/144/

General info http://www.bif-vd.ch/

State Hospitals http://www.santeromande.ch/cgi-roman...?browse+HOP+VD

Private Clinics http://www.cagi.ch/fr/Cliniques_priv...anton_Vaud.htm
http://www.cagi.ch/fr/Cliniques_privees_Geneve.htm

Doctors http://www.amge.ch/
http://www.fmh.ch/ww/de/pub/homepage.htm

Family allowance/benefits http://www.guidesocial.ch/fr/fiche/478/

Private schools http://www.avdep.ch/
State schools http://www.web-vd.ch/vd_dgeo/etablissements/
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Re: Family Info for New People to ZRH/CH

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Thank you soo much for this. We are moving to Zurich May 1st with a 2 year old and a 5 month old. Just what I have been looking for.

Cold I ask about immunisations? How do I go about completing these for my daughter? Do they have a GP system?

Thanks


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Children do not see GP's here, you register them with a pediatrician who have practices set up in each town/area. There is an immunisation timetable just like back in the UK, the pead with give these when required. I find it's a much better system as children get specialised care right from the first hint of a problem instead of waiting for a referral to hospital.
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

Resources for Francophones in the Zurich area...

Here is our resource file for those French speaking members of
Families-in-Zurich http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Families-in-Zurich
and Expats-in-Zurich http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Expats-in-Zurich .

If you have any info (or corrections) that we can add to it to help other members, please let me know:-) Carmen

This is a discussion group for those of you in the Zurich area who speak French...
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ANousZurich

Here is one for craft ideas for little ones:
http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/Petitsbricoleurs

Zurich-Accueil
They have a playgroup for kids every Wednesday and other
activities for individuals and family.
http://www.zurichaccueil.ch

Zurich for Francophones
http://zurichfr.free.fr

Zurich Cultural info for Francophones:
http://www.auxartsetc.ch


AllianceFrancaise de Zurich:
http://www.afz.ch

Le Cercle Francophone de Zurich (CFZ):
http://www.cercle.ch

Le Club Romand d'Aarau:
http://www.club-romand-aarau.ch

French International School in Zurich
http://www.lfz.ch

LaFamily.ch has forums in French...
<A href="http://www.lafamily.ch/" target=_blank rel=nofollow><A href="http://www.lafamily.ch/" target=_blank rel=nofollow>http://www.lafamily.ch

Club Toastmasters en français
réunions jeudi 19:00-21:30, tous les deux semaines
Restaurant Werdguet (Morgartenstrasse 30, 8004 Zurich)
www.francparleurs.org
(Meetings every second Thursday, 19:00-21:30)

Cercle francophone L’ESCALE Zoug
Weidstrasse 15, 6343 Rotkreuz
Telefon 079 414 76 72
Telefax 041 790 72 06
Kontakt Maïté Rast
E-Mail escale@gmx.ch
Le cercle francophone L’ESCALE est une association à but non lucratif,
ni réligieux, ni politique, ni professionnel et réunissant des personnes
de langue française ou des couples dont l'un des conjoints est
francophone.

For 19 francs a year you can subscribe to KIDY which is a Swiss Family magazine that comes out 4 times a year. You can order it in either French or German and it has lots of articles and info on things related to family life here in CH. Write to: info@kidy.ch for subscription info.

"Le Mini Club" is French language playgroup which meets Monday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 in Zurich in the Gemeindshafzentrum in Buggenplatz.
Contact: Valérie at
<A href="http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=valerie_phili@hotmail.com" target=_blank rel=nofollow>valerie_phili@hotmail.com


* Groupe de jeu Kinderatelier à Bonstetten,
http://www.kinderatelier-bonstetten.ch


* La farandole à Meilen, grouvinez@bluewin.ch

Teaterolino
Pour jeunes et enfants des 5ans
THALWIL
Mecredi
13h30 a 14h30
14h30 a 15h30
ZURICH-WIEDIKON
Jeudi
16h00 a 17h00
Gabrielle Rouvinez
01 720 34 11


Group de Jeu
Un Espace Pour Les Enfants
de 2 Ans 1/2 a 5 Ans
Buehlstrasse 11
8005 Zurich
Francoise Muret
01 780 23 39
076 348 60 99

* La ribambelle à Zurich et Au,
http://www.groupedejeu.ch

Francoise Muret runs a small French language playgroup in Au (ZH), the next level up which is in Horgen.
Day: Thursday
Place: Alte Landstr.80
Time: 2:00 - 5:00
Number of children: maximum 10
Age: 2 ½ - 5
Cost: 22 SF per session
Contact: 01 780 2339 (Francoise Muret)

Cours FLAM (Francais Langue Maternelle) - they run courses in French 2 hours a week for children in the Zurich school system who at least understand French.
For KG and first grade, it is all oral; starting in second grade they learn to read & write in French. This year the classes are in Horgen, Meilen, Wallisellen, Winterthur, Zollikon, and Zurich (Ilgen, Stadelhofen, Weinberg).

The price for the year is 1050 franks for 1 child, 1995 for 2, 2914 for 3.
You can email
Pascale Bellot p.bellot@bluewin.ch (KG and grade 1)
or Sylvie Boutard Conoscenti conoscenti.boutard@freesurf.ch
(grades 2 & up).

L'école maternelle TANDEM PRE-SCHOOL bilingue Anglais-Allemand ouvrira
en aôut 2006 une nouvelle section bilingue anglais-français pour enfants de 2 à 6
ans à Zollikon, Zürich et Bâle.
http://www.tandempreschool.ch

WINTERTHUR
* Playgroup "Les Petits Lutins" was founded more than
10 years ago by two moms, one of them is still
managing and organizing the groups.
For the time being, we have 3 groups (Monday
afternoon, Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon),
and about 35 kids enrolled. The playgroup is open to
French speaking children (Les Petits Lutins is not a
place to learn French, but an opportunity for children
who speak French to meet with others), from 2 to 5
years old (also on diaper !). We are four French moms
to run the playgroup, and we are always two with 8 to
12 kids. Our activities are: crafts, games, story
time, songs, and we also let the kids play together in
our nice play facility in Winterthur.
To see some pictures or to contact us, you can go to
http://www.lespetitslutins.suisse.st
We are looking for new little imps who would like to
join us for next school year!

WINTERTHUR

* Association "Les Amis des Petits Lutins" has just
been founded after the big success of a puppet show
the playgroup organized last year to celebrate its
10th anniversary. We then became aware of a need among
the French speakers from the Winterthur region for
family activities in French. We have many ideas, we
have a lot of projects, and we aim to adapt our
activities to the needs or wishes of our members. For
the time being, we have two activities that have
started:
- a mum-and-baby group to let moms (or dads!) have an
opportunity to share experiences in their native
language; this group meets once a month.
- a storytelling and snack & yack, once a month: we
tell a story with puppet or shadow theater (during
about 20 minutes, so it is not suited for younger than
3 who can't remain quiet that long...); the parents
stay with the kids during the story, and we have a
snack afterward: the children can play and the parents
chat! Anne
annesuisse@yahoo.fr
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

hello, im new here and am looking for play grounp or mothers group in Bern , english speaking would be best but open to any, my baby is only 14 months old and i dont no any one here with kids. help!!!!!
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

Fantastic - thank you for this info. I'm a swiss living in Chicago IL. I have a 3month old and I'm trying to convince my husband to move to zurich. He wants me to do all the research and I don't even know where to begin! So thank you for your info.
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

here are some more links (choose english)

The Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation
http://www.admin.ch

Federal Department of Home Affair
http://www.edi.admin.ch

State Secretariat for Education and Research
http://www.sbf.admin.ch

especially here, useful info on swiss education
http://www.sbf.admin.ch/htm/themen/bildung_en.html

The Swiss Portal
http://www.ch.ch
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Thanks so much for this! We have a one year old son and looking for family information on a possible move to Basel. Is there anyone from Basel, who can post similiar information? It would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

I too have just moved to Switzerland from the UK and am a fully qualified child behaviour therapist and an adult counsellor and offer online and face to face counselling if anyone is interested

http://www.confidentialcounselling-t...unselling.html
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

i am new in zurich (just arrived on october 7th) and looking for baby stores, like babiesrus in the US. i need twin strollers, cribs and so on. i am due in february and i can't postpone to get these stuff any longer also if anyone knows a place to sell secondhand baby things, please let me know.

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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

Top tip is that Winterthur Kinderspital is often much quieter than Zurich so can usually been seen much quicker there.


Re baby stuff, there is a babyrus in toysrus in Dietlikon, near Ikea, there's also another big baby shop just up the road, opposite Bastelino, and, charmingly, erotic megastore or whatever it is.

Also, if you need loads of baby stuff, I could possible help you out, as I have everything you can imagine, and more, and I've called it a day in the baby production dept...
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i am new in zurich (just arrived on october 7th) and looking for baby stores, like babiesrus in the US.
You can't really compare to Babies"R"us, but ProBaby in Bassersdorf (near airport) has quite a selection.
http://www.probaby.ch
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

well, i am expecting twins, girls, and got a bunch of cloths already. but i need to get that twin stoller! looking on the internet and getting more and more confused. i would love to see one upclose. and all the stuff babies need, honestly i am not even sure exactly what. furniture, little bathtub, cribs. what else?
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well, i am expecting twins, girls, and got a bunch of cloths already. but i need to get that twin stoller! looking on the internet and getting more and more confused. i would love to see one upclose. and all the stuff babies need, honestly i am not even sure exactly what. furniture, little bathtub, cribs. what else?
I don't know how good your German is but a great website for you is www.zwillinge.ch

Is this your first child or better said children?! Forget the little bathtub and use your normal bath with a bit of water in. With twins you need a baby seat for the other baby while you wash one. Cribs go for a bigger siized one and put them both in it. You can ask your paediatrician. With twins this is highly recommended. Once they are 6-9 months old you can put them in two beds. Also a lot of the stuff you will not use for long so buying second hand is a great idea. Lilliput.ch also has a great selection of used stuff. Make sure though it is only lightly used. Also check Ricardo.ch

If you have any questions about twins just PM me.
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

Hi there,

Just wanted to post the address for a site called ABC which is geared around families with children in the Lausanne\ Vevey areas. There is a weekly play date get together with the children and loads of great local information. The address is http://homepage.bluewin.ch/abclausanne/

Check it out, it is very informative.
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

Hi I'm not sure about a store like Babies R us I'm wondering about that myself but I can ask my mom who lives in zurich about one.
She also has a second hand store by her! I will get the exact address location and let you know.
we are moving to Zurich ourselfes, how long have you lived in zurich?
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GP/OB/GYN and hospital/clinic recommendations in Fribourg

Hi Folks, I hope that some one can help me? I would appreciate if any one has recommendations for an GP/OB/GYN in Fribourg who speaks English. I do speak some French, but medical talk would be beyond my limited vocabulary . As well, advice on hospitals/clinics close to the town center . I have been here for a year but find myself just pregnant. Without a Doctor or a clue how they do things here. So it is all a little confusing at the moment. I am sure things will be ok? With a little help hopefully things will go smoothly.
Many thanks in advance, any help or advice is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Family Information for New People to Switzerland

Hi,

Thank you this is great information!

Perhaps you could add that:

Gymboree Play & Music will reopen in the Zurich area in Zumikon on
1 March 2008!
The link is www.gymboree-zurich.ch
There is a contact formula that can be filled in or those interested can call me on my cellphone: 076 509 6268

Regards,

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