Infants – 3 months to 18 months
Toddlers – 18 months to 2.5/3 years
Preschool – 2.5/3 years to 4 years
Our offerings and activities provide a wide variety of opportunities for children to develop their personalities. Teaching is done in English and German, with both languages spoken equally and consistently throughout the care hours. Guided group activities, structured playtimes and field trips are organized either for the entire group of children or a select small group. These activities are planned on a situational basis depending on the children’s needs, teacher’s observations or proposals from outside the academy.
Basic stance on education
Every person is equal regardless of nationality, religion or cultural background. We offer children age-appropriate activities while taking into consideration their individual interests and abilities as well as their communication skills and ability to cooperate. We get a lot of exercise with the children, go on field trips, experience Basel’s diverse range of cultural offerings. We also help children experience the change of seasons in a creative and musical way to help them develop their full potential. At the Bilingual Kids Academy, each child is accepted as a unique individual and nurtured in such a way that he or she can navigate this world both independently and with self-confidence.
Our teaching staff observes each child’s individual developmental stages, and use these as a basis for establishing relationships or for choosing games and educational offerings. Structured group activities, playtime and field trips are organized either for the entire group of children or a select small group. These activities are planned on a situational basis depending on the children’s needs, teachers’ observations or proposals from outside the Academy.
Our offerings and nurturing activities provide a wide variety of opportunities for children to develop their childhood personalities. The Bilingual Kids Academy aims to offer children a setting in which they can unfold and develop in accordance with their individual needs.
Playful bilingualism in our institution
As the headquarters for international groups, a center of research and a city of culture, Basel also has a greater need for English-speaking child care centers. We offer a stimulating educational environment in which children can playfully develop their German and English language skills. Our qualified caregivers consistently speak to children in just one language. This necessitates a conscious use of the language. That means that everyday activities, songs and games are conducted in German and English. This way, children are clearly aware of each of the two languages and they have an opportunity to learn to clearly separate the linguistic structures of each language while also expressing themselves in both. Among the children, both languages are used equally and side by side. Meetings with parents can be held either in German or English as desired.
Adjustment for new kids
The adjustment is of uttermost importance for the child, the parents and the staff. After a first meeting where the child, the parents and the staff get to know each other, the parents may bring the child for shortened periods of time a few days during the first two weeks until the child is familiar with the new situation.
What we provide:
Diapers, wet wipes, creams, toothbrushes, meals, activities.
Infant parents are required to provide any baby formula, baby mash and/or cereal for their children.