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British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Hi All,

We are moving to Switzerland on 22 November from our current home, in Senegal. My job will be in Geneva, we are planning to live somewhere between Geneva and Lausanne - probably in the Nyon area.

We have a 2 year old daughter and a new baby on the way in February (and 2 cats and a dog...!).

I just wanted to introduce ourselves and perhaps start to make some social contacts.

Top of our priority list is to find a creche/kindergarten (this will obviously depend on exactly where we are living), but also playgroups, nanny/au pair/babysitter. If any of you have any hints or suggestions, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks so much.

Will
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Hello and welcome on board.

Can't help you about creche and baby stuff, perhaps some other have posted about it before.



My only tips, have some warm cloth, we're heading toward winter....
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Thanks SuissRomande! Yes - my wife and I are searching for our warm clothes. We haven't needed them for a while. We will need to buy warm clothes for my daughter when we arrive! I hope there is a good shopping centre in Nyon...!?
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Well, I don't know too much Nyon, but I think there's one or two big shopping centers. I guess some members living there will bring their knowledge soon.

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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Welcome to the forum Will. Gosh you are going the whole hog aren't you, kids, dog, cats, new country.

Don't think you'll be able to hire an au pair as they have to be placed with native Swiss language speakers to help with their language learning.

http://www.perfectway.ch/en/for-fami...formation.html

Check down in the Marketplace section of the forum for people looking for nanny or babysitting positions.

You'll need to take the dog to a vet within 10 days of your arrival so it can be registered on the ANIS database. Also you'll need to do the SKN theory and practical course - more on that down in the Pet Corner. Also check and double check that your pets will be welcome when viewing rental properties. If you can get it written into the rental contract. What type of dog do you have?

Here's the requirements for bringing your pets in from Senegal.

Moving to Switzerland:
  • Microchip (ISO Standard 11784, which only contains digits as identification code according to standard ISO 11785).
    The chip must have been implanted before the present rabies vaccination at the latest.
  • On entry into Switzerland from a country at risk for rabies, the chip must have been implanted before the rabies vaccination on which blood sampling for the antibody test is based.
  • Valid rabies vaccination
  • A blood test (= antibody test) to confirm the effectiveness of vaccination.
    The animal may enter the country provided the following timelines have been observed:
    • Blood sampling for the antibody test 30 days after vaccination at the earliest.
    • After blood sampling a further waiting period of 3 months is mandatory before entry. (Exception: the waiting period does not apply if the blood analysis was already carried out in Switzerland or the EU before departure).
    Since the animals cannot be vaccinated before they are 3 months old, they can therefore not enter the country until they are at least 7 months old.
  • Permit to enter from country at risk for rabies via airport
  • Veterinary certificate
  • If you enter Switzerland directly by air, you have to undergo a customs inspection at the airport.
    If the animals do not meet the import regulations, they are confiscated by the border veterinary service and must be returned to their country of origin immediately at the expense of the person importing the animals. If a return journey is not possible within 10 days, the animals must be put down.
  • If you enter the country overland via the EU, the border veterinary inspection is carried out on entry into the EU. The national authorities responsible charge a fee for this inspection.
    Entries from the EU into Switzerland are subject to random checks by customs to ensure compliance with the entry regulations (no fee is charged for these checks).
  • It is forbidden to import dogs with docked ears or tails into Switzerland.
  • As a dog owner you are required to register your animal(s) in your Swiss place of residence. Your veterinarian must additionally register the dogs in the Swiss dog database (ANIS).
  • Ask the local authority in Switzerland either at your holiday destination or, if you are moving, in the place where you plan to live about special regulations with regard to the requirements for keeping animals on a leash or using a muzzle.
  • Find out about the training requirements for dog owners in Switzerland.
    More (in German) ...
  • This regulation only applies to pets, such as dogs, cats and ferrets, which are kept out of interest in the animal or as a household companion. They accompany their owners or a person designated by the owners.
  • After being taken over the border, pets must not be sold or handed over to new owners. They must already be in the care of their owners in the country of origin.
    If the animals are handed over to new owners after their entry into the country, the regulations governing the commercial animal imports apply.

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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

welcome! There are numerous good creches in your area of interest, really you need to decide where you are going to live first then go see them. There tends to be a waiting list so i would go look at some as soon as you arrive then you have to pay a deposit as soon as they offer you a place. To give you an idea try the link below

http://www.vaudfamille.ch/N191811/ca...-garderie.html
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Hello! I have nothing to add except welcome and best wishes! We are a young family moving in January, good luck with your move in November!
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Welcome Will.
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Thanks so much for your really informative post about the animals and the childcare! I think we are kind of on top of the animals side of things. The dog will have to join us later after she has done her 3 month wait in Senegal after the rabies test. She is a Senegalese street dog that we rescued when she was about two weeks old, living on a rubbish pile, no mother, dodging traffic. She is very grateful! :-)

The info on nannies and au pairs is useful. Thanks. I think we would be looking more for a part time domestic help. The regulations seem to be focused on full time. But is part time something that is frequently done?

Thanks again!

Thanks Skallywag. Really useful link.

Thanks Monica. Good luck to you too! Keep in touch!

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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Hi Will!

I am living in Lausanne with my husband and 13 month old son... We haven't investigated playgroups yet, but if you need anyone to show you around Lausanne then let us know

Good luck with the move!
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

welcome to switzerland!

you will find your way round quite easily, its not a big place I'm working as an au pair over here so I know of quite a few playgroups (in vevey area) but I will keep a look out in your area
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Welcome to Switzerland. My children go to the little green house crèche in Gland. http://www.littlegreenhouse.ch/


We like it because it is a trilingual crèche.
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Thanks katiezoid, pipsywhipsy and macer for your messages. We feel very welcome already! We've actually just found a temporary furnished flat in Geneva itself (Grand Saconnex). But we definitely plan to move somewhere permanent in January or 1st February at latest. We will probably still be looking in the Nyon - Lausanne area for that.
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Re: British Family moving to Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne 22 November 2014

Hi Will,

We are also a British family moving to Nyon area in Feb/Mar. We are currently in the depths of sorting out our move and there seems so much to do, particularly when you have two very small children in tow! My husband is in Geneva this week with work and hoping to view some apartments.

We have a 1 and 2 year old so looking into all the creches at the moment - there seem to be a lot of options in Nyon so worth looking there. If you're interested in future play dates for the children we will be around from Feb/March onwards.

Hope all going well so far.
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