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. 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 Solothurn
Child care in Solothurn is in great demand but there are many options available. Here are a few places to begin looking for different types of child care in Solothurn. Look for more places in the Hello Switzerland Directory.
- Kinderbetreuung Solothurn offers information on childcare options in the canton.
- Verein Tagesfamilien Kanton Solothurn (DE) lists registered day care services at home with families.
- The Red Cross (Croix Rouge, Rotes Kreuz) (DE) offers qualified babysitting services, bookable in advance. This service is for occasional child care support.
- Ferienpass Solothurn (DE) lists holiday programmes on offer in Solothurn.
- Easy Kid Care is a private bilingual nursery in Solothurn that offers day care for children between the ages of three months and six years.
- The Swiss International School has a close working relationship with the private bilingual day school and care centre Fitzgerald, between Olten and Aarau for children of nursery and preschool age.
- Kinderkrippe Giraffe (DE) offers classes for children ages three months to six years.
- Playgroup "Heubürzli" in Biberist (DE) offers classes (including German as a second language) for children ages three to six years.
Starting school in Solothurn
As a preparation for primary school, it is compulsory for children from the age of five to attend kindergarten in Solothurn. Primary school is obligatory and begins from the age of six. Children attend the school in their neighbourhood. 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. Parents from the school often share care responsibilities so it is always a good idea to speak with other parents at your school.
In Switzerland, children attend the school closest to their home. It is not always a possibility to visit schools before moving to an area, but all schools meet the same high standards. Each public school district has its own website with contact and application information. It is advisable to contact the local school as soon as you have registered at your permanent address.
Attending public school can help children learn the local language and make new friends. Language integration courses will be offered to students who need them. The duration of integration classes depends on the child. Once the child has sufficient knowledge of German, they can join the local school. In surrounding villages, integration classes generally take place in the village school itself.
Instruction in English is available at private and international schools. International schools in Switzerland have their own programmes and do not require German knowledge. These are private fee paying schools and must be applied to individually.
Some international schools in the area are below. Find more listings in the Hello Switzerland Directory
- International School Solothurn-Olten
- Swiss International School
- The British School of Bern
- International School of Bern
Learn more about public and international school options in the following articles: