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? Contact us for ore more information on childcare and education systems.

Activities with children

There is a great deal for children to experience and discover in Bern, such as the bears at the Bern Animal Park or the Dählhölzli Zoo, the adventure park or the many playgrounds in the city.

Childcare

  • Playgroups
  • Childcare Facilities
  • Daycare centers (KITA) for children from 3 months

    General information

    • Daycare centers are open from Monday to Friday, usually from 7 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
    • The KITA can define a minimum number of days on which you must have your child looked after in order for him/her to be admitted (e.g. three days per week).
    • Some KITAs take children until they start with kindergarten and others will take care of your child until the end of kindergarden.
    • The costs depend on the income and assets of the parents, as well as on the amount of care required and the number of children.
    • Certain KITA are subsidized. The city of Bern reduces the costs of childcare with childcare vouchers. The application can be submitted online.
    • Childcare vouchers will also be available for non-residents of Bern from the summer of 2020.
    • Most KITA have a waiting list. We strongly recommend that you reserve a KITA spot at least 9 months in advance directly with the KITA.

    Overview of KITA

    Tip

    Whenever possible, choose a KITA in your own neighborhood, since your child 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
    • A distinction is made between day-care centres, day schools and all-day schools (the city of Bern wants to merge day schools and day-care centres in the future).
    • The service is open to all parents and children.
    • Some centres/schools also offer transportation.
    • The services are voluntary and fee-based.

    Day care centres for school children (Tagesstätten)

    • In the city of Bern: open 50 weeks a year from Monday to Friday.
    • Pupils spend at least three days a week in the day care centre.
    • There are support groups, common leisure activities and holiday camps.

    Day schools (Tagesschulen)

    • They are closed during the school holidays.
    • The offer includes lunch, leisure activities and task assistance.
    • Parents can decide on how many days their child uses the offer.
    • Canton of Bern: Day Schools

    All-day schools (Ganztagesschulen)

    • Unlike a day school, an all-day school has fixed hours (e.g., 3 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) during which all children are present.
    • All-day schools combine teaching and supervision. Students will spend their lessons, lunchtime supervision and leisure time in the same classroom and with a constant teaching and supervision team.
    • Childcare services for children outside school hours (before and after normal class hours, including lunch, leisure activities and task assistance).
    • Bern has four all-day schools: Schulhaus Stöckacker, Spitalackertrasse, Wankdorf and Bümpliz-Höhe.
    • Canton of Bern: All-day schools
  • Fact

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

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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