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Kindergarten - zurich

4 to 6 years

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The children in Kindergarten delve deeper into their themed topics using enquiry based learning where they investigate, explore and make predictions about their topics. They are given tools to help them discover their own answers and are encouraged to use their discoveries to ask more questions, prompting further investigations. The children are given daily opportunities to discuss topics, role-play, and create stories to share in different languages.

Kindergarten (4 to 6 years)

Max. 21 children per class

 

1-2 teachers per class

1st Kindergarten: min. 3.5 days (Wednesday afternoon and Friday off)

2nd Kindergarten: 4 days (Monday to Thursday)

German and English, French Friday is optional

 

Day Care: morning from 07:30, evening until 18:30

CURRICULUM

Kindergarten children develop their social and emotional skills and are encouraged to actively reflect on their uses and choices of languages, as well as to notice the similarities and differences between them.

English reading and writing continues using the next steps of the UK program which was started in Pre-School. Reading and writing in German is introduced as well. Most children end their kindergarten years at Tandem IMS with a solid foundation in literacy skills and are ready to take on the challenge of furthering both reading and writing in two languages in first grade. The children are also introduced to numbers, the number system and basic mathematical concepts during their Kindergarten years to prepare them for the beginning of Primary School. Literacy and mathematical objectives in Tandem’s Kindergarten exceed those set for the Swiss public school system.

Other activities such as excursions, project weeks, nature walks, specialist art lessons, music, IT projects and gym will increase throughout Kindergarten 1 and 2.

LANGUAGES

Through our translanguaging approach, children at Kindergarten level are introduced to the daily use of several languages. English and German teachers spend approximately half the week co-teaching each class. We aim to support children in their ability to comfortably interact in different languages whether in academic or social activities. Kindergarten children are given daily opportunities to discuss diverse topics, role-play, and create stories to share in different languages. These discussions often lead to an investigation of the words and expressions used within the language itself. As a result, Kindergarten children are encouraged to progress in language and concept switching.

All Kindergarten children also have the option of choosing French as an additional language.

 

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DAILY ROUTINE

08:30
9-30

Welcome time

08:50
8-50

Circle time
Activities
Morning snack

11:30
11-30

Lunch and outside breaktime

12:45
12-45-1

Golden Götti time
Activities
Afternoon snack

15:40
15-40

School ends
Optional: Late Care or After School Club

FAQs

What is enquiry based learning and what are its benefits?

Enquiry-based learning encourages pupils to engage in the process of gathering data and to seek answers to their questions. Rather than being handed information, children are taught to ask questions, gather information, interpret data, and produce practical solutions. It teaches pupils to develop insightful questions, to take action and to understand context.

How often are there two qualified teachers with the classes?

For approximately 50% of the time in Kindergarten, there are two qualified teachers teaching the class at the same time. In addition to our fully qualified teachers, there are also staff members in training assisting the groups for the majority of the week.

Are your teachers native speakers?

Yes, all of our teachers are native speakers of the language that they are teaching in.

Is it possible to book Early or Late Care for only one or two times per week?

Unfortunately our Early and Late Care needs to be booked as packages.  Children in Kindergarten are able to come from 07:30 in the morning each day if they have the Early Care Package. If they are enrolled for Late Care, they can stay until 18:30. 

Alternatively, if care is required on only one particular day, an After School Club may be an attractive option. In emergency situations, an individual Early or Late Care can be booked in advance and invoiced according to our fee schedule.

What coverage is there during school holidays?

Tandem IMS’ curriculum takes place during the same calendar weeks as the City of Zurich’s public schools. Tandem IMS is however only officially closed for 4 weeks during the year (and some staff development days). These four weeks consist of two weeks at Christmas and two weeks in the summer holidays.

During the other holidays, we offer a range of holiday if additional care is required. Further information on these clubs can be found in our ECA section.

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Your child’s teachers

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Elena Majer
Kindergarten Teacher
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Sophie Clutton
Kindergarten Teacher
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Adam Murfitt
Kindergarten Teacher Substitute
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Melissa Ming
Kindergarten Teacher
Meghan Rediske
Kindergarten Teacher
Amaia Areitio Arpon
French Teacher and Coordinator
Christina Schmid
Art Teacher
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Rebecca Watson
Classroom and Supervision Assistant
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Runa Oesch
Trainee

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS

Tandem IMS

Massi grew up in the translanguaging environment of Tandem IMS, becoming fluent in both English and German from an early age. The enquiry-based learning allowed him to be himself, learning easily by asking questions constantly. We are grateful to all the teachers that accompanied him since he was two years old. Thank you for your patience, professionalism, creativity, and engagement. Tandem IMS and its teachers are putting a lot of effort in recognising each child's needs, adapting to their rhythm, their curiosity, making everyone feel unique. 

Massi and his parents
Early Years, Pre-School, Kindergarten
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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It was an incredible journey for the last 6 years and we will be missing every single day of this experience. Dedicated teachers truly loving the kids and the daily job they do, dedicated educational team, and outstanding curriculum to make sure kids are not only prepared for day-to-day life, but also for the school after. But more importantly, are the social skills which Arthur and Andrew watched and learned every day. Something, one can’t buy for money but have it in your heart.

Arthur, Andrew and their mum
Early Years and Pre-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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