Kindergarten is part of compulsory education in Basel. In the new Harmos system, Kindergarten counts as school and therefore the entry into Kindergarten is considered as the beginning of school (‘Einschulung’). Kindergarten lasts two years. The Kindergarten your child attends will be close to your home, with a maximum of 20 children per class. The classes have two age groups and your child will stay in the same class for two years.
When will my child start Kindergarten?
During the transition period, until 2016, the cut off date will shift every year. If your child was born between:
- June 16th, 2009 and June 30th 2010: he/she will start school in August 2014
- July 1st, 2010 and July 15th, 2011: he/she will start school in August 2015
- July 16th, 2011 and July 31st, 2012: he/she will start school in August 2016
During the transition period, requests for an early or delayed school start from parents of children born up to 15 days before or after the cut off date, will be dealt with flexibly.
From 2016, if you are four years old by July 31st, you will start school the following August.
You cannot choose which kindergarten your child attends. He/she will attend a kindergarten close to your home. You may say you have a preference, or ask for your child to be with a close friend, but these requests cannot always be fulfilled. If your child attends after-school care, you can ask for him/her to attend the kindergarten closest to the childcare. If you need lunches and day care, do make sure you discuss this early with the school administration as not all schools offer the service.
Kindergarten is every morning from 8:00 until 12:00 Monday to Friday, with one afternoon a week from 14:00 to 16:00, usually Monday or Tuesday.
How to register?
A form will be sent to you automatically by the administration. You can also contact the administration at the following address: Volksschulen Basel-Stadt, Kohlenberg 27, 4001 Basel
The BaselConnect Education site is the first resource to provide information in English about the new system for schools in Basel.