Child Care in Fribourg Child care and primary school options

Public and private child care services are available in Switzerland. Both are great quality and they are also in high demand. To find the ideal placement for your child, look into your options and apply as early as possible.

Child care services in Switzerland

Child care centres are managed and funded by communes within each canton. Children are admitted to facilities in their local community. Fees for public centres are charged on a sliding scale according to income. Private child care centres have fixed fees and are generally more expensive. However, waiting lists for public centres are frequently longer. It is advisable to apply for child care as soon as you know where you will be living. 

Crèches (day care centres) are generally open Monday to Friday, 07:00-18:30. The age of admittance is from about three months to four years old. They usually follow a pre-school curriculum. Some crèches also offer lunch and after school care for older children, up to about age 11.

 

Child care in Fribourg 

Finding child care in Fribourg can be easier than in some other cantons. Tip: If a facility only has partial availability, start by enrolling your child in one to two mornings. You will be able to add additional days as they become available. 

Here are a few online resources to begin looking for different types of child care in Fribourg:

  • The Red Cross (Croix Rouge, Rotes Kreuz) (DE/FR) offers qualified babysitting services, bookable in advance. This service is for occasional child care support.
  • For day family care the Fribourg Day Family Association: Fédération Fribourgeoise d'Accueil Familial de Jour (DE/FR) is an excellent place to start. Child care workers, or "Assistante parentales", have specific diplomas qualifying them to care for children. They offer care from their private home for up to four children. So children stay in friendly, secured places.
  • The Education Familiale (DE/FR) organises playgroups and café meet-ups at various locations for parents and children to attend together. These provide a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and learn about child care and education in your area.
  • For a list of crèche locations in Fribourg visit the Fédération de Crèches Fribourgeoises (DE/FR)
  • Passeport Vacances Fribourg (FR) offers programmes for older children (about 7 to 12 years old) over school holidays.
  • Anibis (DE/FR/IT) is a popular free website for the French speaking region of Switzerland where private individuals post and respond to ads on all different topics. Use it to find babysitters, cleaners, day care, jobs, apartments, cars, etc.

A few day care centres to start your search:

 

Starting primary school in Fribourg

From the age of four it is compulsory for children to attend kindergarten (Jardin d'enfants) in Switzerland. Primary school is compulsory at age six. Curriculum in schools includes languages, science, mathematics, art, music and sport. 

Public schools in Switzerland often close for the lunch period and children go home to eat. Check with your school to see if they offer lunch for the students as well as before and after school care. Nannies or "mamman jours" can assist with care during lunch and after school. Find them through Anibis or your local commune. Parents from the school often share care responsibilities so it is always a good idea to speak with other parents at your child's school. 

Attending public school can help children learn the local language and make new friends. Public schools offer good language support and tutoring for students at no extra cost. Instruction in English is available at private schools. Find listings of international schools in Switzerland in the Hello Switzerland Directory

Learn more in these two articles: 

Author: Virginie Schumacher

I grew up in France, in Paris. Just after I got my diploma from the hospitality school, I moved to the US (Minneapolis) for 2 years. Then I arrived in Switzerland in 2000 and had the great pleasure to work in beautiful palaces on the French Riviera for almost 10 years. I now live in the canton of Fribourg with my family. I am working with Packimpex as a relocation consultant. If I am not on the road with my clients, you may find me in the forest or in the countryside running. I also have the chance to meet my friends for a drink either at the café des Arcades (by the Fribourg's Cathedral) or at the café Populaire (nearby the university). Now that I've been living in Switzerland for almost 15 years, I learned how to enjoy life!

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