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Early Years - Uetikon am See

4 months to 4 years

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The focus for our youngest children is on creating a safe and secure environment for each child while stimulating language, cognitive development, social and emotional development and motor skills.

The teachers use enquiry-based learning to allow the children to discover the world around them. They facilitate learning through play and provide infants and toddlers with opportunities to explore various topics using their senses. In Pre-School the teachers continue with enquiry based learning and encourage the children to take a more active role by asking questions and discovering the answers based upon a broad given theme.

Early Years (0-3 years)

Max. 8 children for 4–18 months groups

Max. 11 children for 18–36 months groups

 

2-3 teaching staff per group

2 days min. attendance

German and English

 

Drop-off: 07:15 – 09:00

Pick-up: 15:45 – 18:15

Pre-School (3-4 years)

Max. 11 children per group

 

1-2 teaching staff per group

3 days min. attendance

German and English

 

Drop-off: 07:15 – 09:00

Pick-up: 15:45 – 18:15

CURRICULUM

The Early Years curriculum is centred around the needs of each individual child to discover and develop their curiosity. We therefore provide a safe and secure environment for each child to explore their world through their senses. There are precise objectives in several areas of learning, which will guide the teacher to develop the small child's skills in a caring and holistic manner. Parent teacher conferences are an ideal opportunity to discuss the individual needs of the children, set new objectives and help find continuity between home and school as the children achieve those early childhood milestones.

The Pre-School programme encourages children to fully engage in enquiry-based learning. With this method, children choose topics to learn by asking questions based upon a broad given theme. Teachers then use the children’s questions to guide the direction of the theme and help the children “discover” the answers.

LANGUAGES

With English and German teachers on the group each day, the children are encouraged to ask questions while they explore and investigate their world. Pre-School children also begin to play with the two languages as they begin to notice similarities and differences in the language sounds. While we use baby sign language in the Early Years, literacy is introduced in Pre-School using a UK based phonics programme.

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Daily routine

Early Years

09:00
9am-clock

Circle time
Snack
Activity
Free choice centres or outdoor play

11:30
11-30

Lunch time

12:30
12-30

Sleep time

14:00
2pm-clock

Structured centres
Outside activities
Snack

16:00
4pm-clock

School ends
Optional Day Care

Pre-School

09:00
9am-clock

Circle time
Activities in small groups
Snack time
Free choice centres
Outdoor play

11:30
11-30

Lunch time

12:30
12-30

Sleep time
Quiet activities

14:00
2pm-clock

Outdoor activities
Snack

16:00
4pm-clock

School ends
Optional Day Care or ASC

FAQs

Are children able to cope with more than one language?

Young children’s brains are like mini sponges, soaking up information and bursting with curiosity! It may be that children already have one or two home languages and coming to Tandem IMS adds another two! Research suggests that children absorb and filter the languages in order that they do not get an overload. At Tandem IMS, we offer opportunities for communication and social interaction in English and German and children will process and produce the languages at their own pace.

How does the settling in take place?

Once children are enrolled, the class teacher will contact parents/caregivers close to the start date inviting them to a meeting. At this meeting, along with the child’s routine and habits, a programme for settling will be discussed. As children are individual each settling is different and takes as long as the child needs.

Are nappies and food included?

Yes! This includes morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, wipes, nappies and cream. Of course, if parents/caregivers prefer they may bring in their own nappies and baby food. This can be discussed and organized with the class teacher at the settling in meeting

When are you closed?

Tandem IMS is completely closed for 4 weeks during the year, 2 weeks in the Summer and  2 weeks over Christmas and the New Year.

There are also 6 additional weeks during school holidays (2 in August, one in October, 1 in February, 1 in April and 1 in July). During these 6 weeks we offer holiday care with the regular extended opening hours.

Is a Tandem IMS Kindergarten offered in Uetikon am See?

We do not offer Kindergarten in Uetikon am See, but we do have a school bus that takes children to our Kindergarten in Zurich Seefeld in the morning and brings them back in the evening. There are different bus stops along the lake for convenience.

We have available spaces for 4-18 ppmonths old babies. 

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WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS

Luca and his dad

Seeing our children becoming less and less happy attending public school, we felt compelled to look for a better alternative that could meet their needs.  What we found turned out to be so much more than expected: an inspiring culture, motivating teachers, and an exciting multilingual spirit.  While learning is never easy and often demanding, for our children, it suddenly became a fun and productive experience.  The depth and breadth of the learning opportunity offered by this school is nothing short of great!

Luca and his dad
Primary School
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Neven started in Kiga 1 and stayed until the end of Primary 6, a total of 8 years. He is a very active and lively boy. All the different teachers he had at Tandem IMS were able to motivate and interest him through all these years. They recognised his strengths and supported him when needed. Neven successfully passed the Gymiprüfung and also in Gymnasium it shows how well he is prepared for learning in a demanding environment. As we’re both working parents we always felt understood and supported by Tandem IMS. If we would start again with a younger child we would choose Tandem IMS again.

Neven and his mum
Primary School
Kindergarten

Tandem IMS's sense of community and the depth of care and dedication teachers and staff bring to the school, is what makes it so special. At Tandem IMS, teachers get to know each child individually and take time to understand the best ways to help them learn and grow. Children learn to treat each other with respect, work together, and to appreciate differences of background, identity, and perspective. Both socially and academically, our son greatly benefitted from Tandem IMS's nurturing learning environment.

Viggo and his parents
Kindergarten
Mariana and mum

Mariana thrived in the familiar atmosphere of Tandem IMS. The bilingual education prepared her well for further language study, and the teachers were very professional, committed and caring of my child’s needs. After leaving Tandem IMS, Mariana settled exceptionally well in her new school and was academically well prepared for the new demands. Thank you, Tandem IMS!

Mariana and her mum
Primary School
Casper

At Tandem IMS, I really felt that the children were growing their knowledge and improving their language skills in both, English and German. Caspar entered at the age of 4 into kindergarten 1 and stayed for 2 years. He could not speak one word of English and German when he joined, since we speak Italian and Russian at home. When he finished kindergarten 2 at the age of 6, he could communicate very well in both English and German and we were very proud of him.

Caspar and his dad
Kindergarten
Parents of Andrew

Tandem IMS was the best choice and the best investment for our child. Tandem IMS makes parents confident that their child is in the best hands. The experience, the education and the engagement level of the teachers is set at the highest standards. And as a bonus, our little son was taught in 2 languages, so that for the Kindergarten he is well prepared and speaks, without any difficulties, German and English on top of Russian. Without any hesitations, our younger little baby was also enrolled at Tandem IMS.

Andrew and his family
Early Years and Pre-School
Mother and Cedric

We were impressed how quickly Cédric settled in which was also due to the warm and caring atmosphere that welcomed him. Cédric loved to go to Tandem IMS as he found an environment that adapted to his needs and gave him brain food (he is a very curious boy). We felt that the excellent teachers recognize the strengths of each child individually and support children to develop further. During his time at Tandem IMS, Cédric progressed impressively and he always felt very safe and was very eager to go to Tandem IMS.

Cédric and his mum
Pre-School
emma

Emma enjoyed the inspiring environment, the caring teachers and the super interesting curriculum. Each day was different and the children learned a lot by going through the various subjects that were spread throughout the year. A lot of effort also goes into organising special events through which the children can discover the entire world. Emma benefited a lot from Tandem and was now ready to go to kindergarten. We are very grateful for the great time Emma spent at Tandem IMS and are missing the team a lot!

Emma and her mum
Early Years and Pre-School

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