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Old 02.06.2008, 15:02
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Hello all - moving to Basel

Hi everybody,

I am currently living in the UK and moving to Basel this summer with my husband and 2 kids. We came to Basel last week for house/school hunting. Our girls loved the city and already picking up Germen words which is amazing!

My girls are age 7 and 3. They speak English and Chinese at the moment. My older daughter will join Swiss school as soon as we move over (I know it will be tough for her in the begining). We will learn Germen when we move over but in the meantime I would also like to find English speaking playgroups for my younger daughter.

I've already got some useful information from reading some of the threads. As a new comer, I'm sure I will have a lot more questions to ask. I am very excited and looking forward to a new life in Switzerland.

Lei
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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

Welcome to the forum, Lei.
Here's wishing you and your family a wonderful experience living in Switzerland.
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Old 02.06.2008, 16:22
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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

We are moving in July. Our plan is to rent a house for 6 months to a year then possible buy. Question is where? We want to put our children into Swiss local schools and preferably not to move school again. We are looking to live in a nice village on the main tram line of Basel or train line to Basel SBB. We have started looking at Reinach, Oberwil, Thelwil and Bottmingen but can't decide. Any ideas?
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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

Hello and welcome to EF. I hope you will love Basel as much as we do. Lots of English speakers, easy to get around. I hope you will have a safe & easy move here. Cheers!
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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

Hello Lei

As you'll see from my post, we're moving to Basel too, though a bit later than you - end of Sept. Going out in July to look at apartments. Haven't looked to see if there's a 'newbies moving to Basel and their experiences' thread, but if not, would love to hear how you get on as you'll be doing it all a few months ahead of us

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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

Hi, I know of a great initiative in Basel to help English-speaking children aged 6 – 13 years have a smooth transition in Switzerland culturally but more particularly educationally in thier move from an English-speaking school into the Swiss school system. It’s called “Step in”. The curriculum is taught in German and is adapted to “fill the gaps” that each child has between what they've learnt in other school systems and what they need to know at that level in the Swiss school curriculum. This course lasts a year, is approved by Basel-Stadt and includes culturally integration too. Sound interesting?
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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

Hi SET, it sounds very interesting! I've always hoped that there is something like that to help my daughter get into the Swiss system. So how does it work? Is it a after school program? Where and when and how many lessons a week does my daughter need to do? And how do I get in touch with them? Thanks for letting me know.
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Hi, I know of a great initiative in Basel to help English-speaking children aged 6 – 13 years have a smooth transition in Switzerland culturally but more particularly educationally in thier move from an English-speaking school into the Swiss school system. It’s called “Step in”. The curriculum is taught in German and is adapted to “fill the gaps” that each child has between what they've learnt in other school systems and what they need to know at that level in the Swiss school curriculum. This course lasts a year, is approved by Basel-Stadt and includes culturally integration too. Sound interesting?
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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

Hi Lei,
It's a full time course which lasts a year and is greatly supported by Basel Stadt because the children learn the syllabus they would learn if they were in a Swiss school but at the same time, they learn the language (German & Swiss German) and about the culture, all of which makes for good integration once they join the Swiss sytem.
If you're interested, the best thing would be to speak to the people who are involved in the school and to visit it with your child. Have you got a contact email address that I could pass on to them?
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Re: Hello all - moving to Basel

Hi Lei,

There's a English speaking playgroup in Oberwil which is about 15 minutes from Basel and they also teach a little bit of German. My daughter goes there and likes it very much. It's called Kids Camp and they have a nice facility. There is a waiting list though for the mornings I think right now. Their website is www.playintheusa.org

Another one is called Open Door I think and it is located in Basel but I don't know any specific information but you can probably find them in the internet.

There are also Spielgruppe (playgroup) in the local towns here that you may want to look into once you settle in. They are in Swiss German but my 4 year old goes a couple of days a week along with the English speaking one and seems to like it.

good luck with your move.
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