Kindergarten and Primary School

Kindergarten and Primary School

Kindergarten-und-Primarschule

At last, today is the day you have been waiting for: your child’s first day in kindergarten. You have probably been mentally preparing for this day for a while and are looking forward to it. Some kids can barely wait: they finally get to be just like their big brother or sister and go to kindergarten!

In all cantons of Northwestern Switzerland compulsory schooling begins with kindergarten. The two-year kindergarten now belongs to the primary level and is considered the first stage of schooling.

HarmoS

HarmoS is an intercantonal agreement on the harmonization of the compulsory school period. With HarmoS, two years of kindergarten become mandatory.The minimum age to start Kindergarten (4 years of age), and the date (31st of July) by which the children must have reached that age, are being harmonized in the Cantons who have signed the agreement. These rules must be put in place by the beginning of the school year 2015/2016. You can find out whether your canton has signed HarmoS, and how far it has gone with the harmonization, on the website of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK).

Solothurn, Basel-Land and Basel-Stadt have signed the HarmoS agreement. Aargau has not signed the agreement so far (as of September 2015), but has nevertheless introduced the two-year mandatory kindergarten.

Switzerland

Addresses and links

  • Information about HarmoS by the "Swiss conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education " (EDK) " *www.edk.ch

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Aargau

Addresses and links

  • General informationen on the school system in the Canton of Aargau: www.ag.ch

Basel-Landschaft

Addresses and links

Basel-Stadt

Addresses and links

Solothurn

Addresses and links

  • General information on the school system in the Canton of Solothurn: www.so.ch