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Early Years - Zollikon

6 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 6–18 months group

Max. 11 children for 18–36 months groups

 

1-2 teachers per class

2 days min. attendance

German and English

 

Drop-off: 07:30–09:00

Pick-up: 15:45–18:30

Pre-School (3-4 years)

Max. 11 children per group

 

1-2 teachers per class

3 days min. attendance

German and English

 

Drop-off: 07:30–09:00

Pick-up: 15:45–18:30

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 each 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 speaking 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

9:00
9am-clock

Group time begins
Activities and outdoor play

11:30
11-30-1

Lunch time

12:30
12-30

Sleep time

14:00
14-00

Group time begins
Activities and outdoor play

16:00
4pm-clock

School ends
Optional Day Care begins

Pre-School

9:00
9am-clock

Circle time
Structured centres
Snack time
Free choice centres
Outdoor play

11:30
11-30-1

Lunch time

12:30
12-30

Sleep time
Quiet activities

14:00
14-00

Circle time
Snack time
Structured centres
Free choice centres
Outdoor play

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 this adds another two! Research suggests that children absorb and filter the languages in order that they do not get an overload. At Tandem 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 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, 1 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 Kindergarten offered in Zollikon?

We do not offer Kindergarten in Zollikon, 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.

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Your child’s teachers

Lynn Booth
Deputy Head Zollikon
Monica Mourao
Teacher
Livia Lederer
Teacher
Halima Benkarbach
Teacher
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Sokha Sean
Teacher
Karen Rohrbach
Teacher
Marc Ilgindan
Teacher
Sarah Giudici
Apprentice
Glory Ougishwa
Apprentice
Tanja Stanojevic
Apprentice
Tischhauser_Nicolas
Nicolas Tischhauser
Apprentice
Bozcicek_Melin
Melin Bozcicek
Trainee

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS

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
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
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

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