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Early Years - Zurich

2 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 (2-3 years)

Max. 11 children per class

 

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 class

 

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 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

09:00
9am-clock

School begins
Register
Circle time

09:30
9-30-1

Snack time

10:00
10-00

Free choice centres
Structured centres
Outdoor play

11:00
11-00-1

Lunch time

12:15
12-15

Sleep time
Quiet time for non-sleepers

14:00
14-00

Free choice centres
Snack
Structured centres or Outdoor Play

15:45
3-45

School ends
Optional day-care or ASC

FAQs

How does the settling-in process work? (2-3 Years, Early Years)

The parent spends time in the setting with his or her child and interacts with the teacher, plays with the new toys, and helps the child discover the new surroundings. On the first day, this can be an hour, hour and a half, during a morning or afternoon. The following days we repeat the same routine and gauge the child's comfort level in the new rooms with new faces and decide when to try the first short separation. The process is very much based on the child's needs, as well as the parent's comfort level, so it is difficult to put an exact time frame on this special process. We gradually lengthen the separation time and begin adding routine elements of our day: circle time, snack time, activity/play time, lunch, sleep, afternoon routines, until the child is comfortable with a full Tandem IMS day.

How does the settling-in process work? (3-4 Years, Pre-School)

Settling-in for Pre-School children is typically a faster process than Early Years settling-in and full days are often possible from the very beginning. As the process is very much based on both the child's and the parents' needs, we can of course start slowly with half days and gradually work up to full days.

Do you teach literacy and numeracy?

We offer a playful introduction to letters and numbers based on the children's interests. The BBC phonics programme Alphablocks is introduced to children in Pre-School and the children are also encouraged to play with the sounds within both English and German.

How often do you go outside with the children?

We go outside once a day, regardless of weather. We strive for at least two Outdoor/Forest Mornings a month and often spend an entire day outdoors once the weather is warmer in the spring and summer months.

How do you support toilet training?

This is a child-initiated process and is closely observed and supported by the class teachers in Early Years and Pre-School. Close communication and teamwork between teachers and parents help this important process immensely.

Interesting to know

Baby Sign Language

Baby Sign Language

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Extra-Curricular

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees

Get all the information you need regarding tuition fees.

Your child’s teachers

Julia Helling
Team Leader & Teacher
Judith Közle
Teacher
Michaela Suter
Teacher
Christina Schmid
Art Teacher Pre-School
Michelle Trummer
Apprentice
Iris Velu
Apprentice
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Delia Mitric
Trainee

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS

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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
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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
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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

OUR LATEST NEWS

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Multi-Activity Camp

22 June 2019

15. - 19.07.2019 | 4 - 10 year olds
Tandem's summer camp is a wonderful kick start to the summer. It is a multi activity camp aimed to provide fun and exciting activities for your child. There will also be time and space for children to relax and socialise with friends. Find out more

Playball & English Language Camp

21 June 2019

12. - 16.8.2019 | 5- 9 years old
A camp for children who want to improve their English language skills in a playful and engaging way. Playball will run sports session and our native English teacher will take the children on fun adventures full of stories, games and excitement. Find out more.

Holiday Camps - School Year 19/20

20 June 2019

12. - 16.8.2019
Wondering what camps we have planned for autumn 2019 or winter, spring and summer 2020? Get to the overview here.

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