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Kindergarten for the school year 2021/22 starts on Monday 23rd of August 2021 for children born between 1st of August 2016 and 31st of July 2017.

Kindergarten has been compulsory in Zürich since 2008 and there are currently about 4,600 attending the free lessons.

Entering Kindergarten is a very important step in the life of a child. In Kindergarten children learn with all their senses. It is a smooth transition from learning to play to learning by playing. In additional to individual and group playing, teachers organize lessons which are based on the Cantonal curriculum.



Children that reach their 4th birthday before the cut off dates mentioned below will attend Kindergarten the following year.

Within the schoolyear 2019/20 there is no more possibility to make an earl admission to Kindergarten.

In the city of Zürich all parents of children with a date of birth before the cut off date will receive a Kindergarten registration form. The registration with further information from the local school administration will be sent to the parents by the end of February. The Kindergarten assignments are sent by mid-June.

Admittance to the kindergarten

Date of birthAdmittance to the kindergarten

until 31.07.2016

Your child is required to attend school.
01.08.2016 to 31.07.201723rd of August 2021 
01.08.2017 to 31.07.201822nd of August 2022
01.08.2018 to 31.07.201921st of August 2023
01.08.2019 to 31.07.202019th of August 2024


Block schedule

5 mornings per week (1st and 2nd year of kindergarten)
Drop-off time: 8.15 - 8.35 a.m.
Lessons: 8.35 - 11.55 a.m.

2 afternoons per week (only 2nd year of kindergarten)
Drop-off time: 1.40 p.m. - 1.50 p.m.
Lessons: 1.50 p.m. - 3.20 p.m.

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