Playgroups

Playgroups

To prepare for the process of letting go, why not enroll your child in a playgroup? This is an ideal environment for children to explore new things and meet children of their own age. In playgroups children aged 2 ½ and older (up to kindergarten) can come together, play games and develop their personalities and social skills. Besides playing, playgroups also offer the possibilities for children to do handicrafts, sing, paint and listen to stories. The activities are adapted to the children’s stage of development and their needs. Playgroups are constant groups of 6 to 10 children who are taken care of by experienced and trained persons. Playgroups have fixed opening hours. They usually take place during two to three hours on mornings. Often children attend playgroups once or twice a week. As playgroups only take place during a limited amount of hours they are not considered a childcare offer but rather a place where children can play and learn. 

The Schweizer Spielgruppen-Leiterinnen Verand (SSLV) offers elementary and advanced as well as specialisation courses for playgroup supervisors. The SSLV's website gives information and useful contacts for your region. Contact your local council (Gemeinde) for more information on early intervention programmes.

Many municipalities provide early language training in kindergarten or even in playgroups – for immigrants in particular, but by no means only for them. Children participate in weekly classes where they develop their linguistic abilities in a playful way. The purpose is to help non-German-speaking children make friends with German speakers and pave the way for a smooth transition into primary school.

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