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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
11-30-2

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 begins

Pre-School

09:00
9am-clock

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

11:30
11-30-2

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.

Available spaces in our Early Years Groups in Uetikon am See and Zollikon.

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Your child’s teachers

Tabea Siegwart
Team Leader & Teacher
Yoko Arima
Teacher
Esther Irovec
Teacher
Monika Murlot
Teacher
Marc Ilgindan
Teacher
Céline André
Apprentice
Anina Menko
Apprentice
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Kinvara Keates
Trainee

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS

Mariana and mum

Mariana thrived in the familiar atmosphere of Tandem. 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, Mariana settled exceptionally well in her new school and was academically well prepared for the new demands. Thank you, Tandem!

Mariana and her mum
Primary School
Casper

At Tandem, 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 was the best choice and the best investment for our child. Tandem 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.

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 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, Cédric progressed impressively and he always felt very safe and was very eager to go to Tandem.

Cédric and his mum
Pre-School
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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 and are missing the team a lot!

Emma and her mum
Early Years and Pre-School

OUR LATEST NEWS

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cookery & sports CAMP

4 November 2019

10.-14.02.2020 | 4-10 year olds
Looking for the perfect combination of cookery and sports? Then you certainly want to check out this camp.
Cookery & Sports Camp Flyer

HOCH-YBRIG SKI & snowboard camp

16 September 2019

10.-21.02.2020 | 5-12 year olds
Your child can enjoy one or two weeks of skiing lesson at the Hoch-Ybrig resort. A coach will come each day to pick up and drop off the children from nearby the school. The days are full of fun with child friendly lessons with trained and skilled teachers. Hoch-Ybrig Ski & Snowboard Camp Flyer

WINTER Multi-Activity Camp

22 June 2019

17.-21.02.2020 | 4-10 year olds
Your child loves to do different activities during the holidays? Well, in that case the multi-activity camp could be the perfect choice.
Winter Multi-Activity Camp Flyer

Thank you for your interest in our school

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