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Childcare according to requirement is a highly topical and political issue in the city of Zürich. Almost every third pupil between the age of 4 and 16 attend some form of childcare service.

The department «Support» is responsible for childcare services before and after school, holiday activities and cultural events for children and adolescents.

Contact information

For more information about childcare, see the contact information on the right hand side. Please note that due to high demand for our services, the phone lines may be busy at times, however, we always try our best to answer your call as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding. The phone lines are open from 8.00 a.m.-12.00 a.m. and from 1.30 p.m.-5.00 p.m..

Childcare costs

You will find all of the important information regarding the parameters used by the City of Zurich to make Subvention contributions to childcare costs as well as what you need to do to be able to benefit from them on Betreuungskosten & Subventionen.

Childcare services

There are many different kinds of childcare services offered in the city of Zürich. Below, you will find an overview of the different child care services and their opening hours, however, there may be some deviation.

«Mittaghort» and «Mittag-/Abendhort»

«Mittaghort» is the term used for childcare during lunchtime. «Mittaghort» usually lasts from 11.55 2.00 p.m., and «Mittag-/Abendhort» which are the terms for childcare during lunchtime and after school, lasts from 11.55 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.. Lunch or a snack is included in the childcare services.


ChildcareOpening hours
«Mittag» (lunchtime)11:55 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
«Mittag/Abend» (lunchtime/evening)2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

«Morgentisch» and «Mittagtisch»

«Morgentisch» is the term used for morning childcare. «Morgentisch» is a childcare service offered to parents who begin work early in the morning and includes breakfast. «Mittagtisch» is also a term used for childcare during lunchtime, however, this program does not include lunch.


ChildcareOpening hours
«Morgentisch» 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
«Mittagtisch»                        11:55 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

«Tageshort» in the «Tagesschule»

In the «Tagesschule» (day school), the «Hort» (nursery) is mandatory on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Wednesdays, parents may choose if they want their children to attend the full day program or just the morning program. Whether or not lunch should be included is also optional.


ChildcareOpening hours
Full day7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Wed. excl. lunch and afternoon7:00 a.m. - 11:55 p.m.

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