Family & Education

Daycare center or all-day school – what is the difference? Where can you find childcare in a foreign language? What are the advantages and disadvantages of private or public, local or international schools? We can give you useful information on childcare options and education systems and many more things worth knowing.

Family

Childcare

  • Daycare centers (KITA) for children from 3 months
    • Daycare centers are open from Monday to Friday.
    • Some KITAs take children until they start with kindergarten and others will take care of your child until the end of kindergarden.
    • We strongly recommend that you reserve a daycare spot in a KITA at least 9 months in advance using the online portal KI-TAX
    • Some KITAs are subsided. The cost depends on the income and assets of the parent. Childcare vouchers will also be available for non-residents of Bern from the summer of 2020.
    • A few companies also offer playgroups in English.
    • KITA for Children with Special Needs

    Tipp: Whenever possible, choose a KITA in your own neighborhood, since your child(ren) will be enrolled in the local kindergarten where you live. This ensures that the travel time from the KITA to the kindergarten and vice versa is as short as possible.

  • All-Day Schools for Kindergarten- and School-Aged Children
    • These include childcare services for children outside of regular school hours (before and after school). Many all-day schools also offer transportation.
    • The service is open to all parents and children. All-day school services are voluntary and fee-based for parents (cost depends on income and assets).
  • Fact

    Did you know that certain daycare facilities have been awarded quality seals, such as “Fourchette verte”?

Additional information

Parental Counseling

Education

Switzerland is well known for its accessible, flexible and high-quality schooling system. Which type of schooling best suits your personal situation (financial circumstances, your child's mother tongue, length of stay in Switzerland, etc.)? Which institution is responsible for recognizing a diploma? Where are German courses offered? We can give you impartial, individualized advice on the various educational offers available – just contact us!

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