Our offer

The children are taught in a safe learning environment in German and English.

Kindergarten
(3 groups of 13 children)

Our lessons are based on the Swiss kindergarten curriculum (Lehrplan 21). The children are supported in all areas of development in a variety of playful and cultivating ways in order to prepare them for primary school.

Daycare
(4 groups of 11 children)

The Daycare group’s first priority is to take good care of the children and give them the love and attention they need. They provide a wide range of games, toys and books as well as music and movement.

Kids Club
(5 to 12 years old, 1 group of 10 children)

Kids Club offers after school care for children between 12.00 and 18.30. The focus of Kids Club is to support children with homework and to offer fun and age appropriate activities. Our Kids Club is offered in English.

Holiday Club
(5 to 12 years old, 1 group of 10 children)

Our Holiday Club offers a vast array of activities and outings. Many of the outings are weather and season dependent (swimming, skating, etc.). Children who attend the Kids Club have a priority space in the  Holiday Club.

We strongly believe that all children have tremendous potential. Not only are they capable of learning a great deal and quickly, but they grow daily in their desire to explore the world. They seek exposure to a variety of things and continuously ask questions. It is our responsibility to nourish their interests and offer them answers.

We offer a challenging learning environment, where children are exposed to a variety of activities and encouraged to learn new things. By allowing the children to develop in a multi-cultural and nourishing environment, they are given the skills to be become confident young individuals.

For working families we offer a support system where family life, school and work can be combined. Parents can be assured that their child/ren receive a high quality of care and education, whilst they can focus on their working day. The Daycare and Kindergarten is bilingual, English and German/Swissgerman. Each teacher speaks to the children in one language, their main language.

The school was formed as the result of the needs of the owner, who has children attending the school and therefore has a personal interest to provide the highest quality of care and education.

Daycare team

  • Head of Daycare (SKV recognized)
  • Qualified child care worker (SKV recognized or equivelant), German speaking
  • Qualified child care worker (SKV recognized or equivelant), English speaking
  • Apprentice (SKV recognized)
  • Assistant 1 per group, German speaking

In each group the children are cared for by a German speaking child care worker, an apprentice and an assistant. The English speaking child care worker only speaks to the children in English, and supports in all the groups.

Kitchen & housekeeping team

Qualified chef, Apprentice cook, Assistant housekeeper, Part-time cleaner

Staff: Kindergarten, Kids Club and Holiday Club

  • Head of Kindergarten, Kids Club and Holiday Club (SKV and EDK recognized)
  • Early years teachers (English speaking, SKV recognized or equivelant)
  • Kindergarten teachers (German speaking, SKV recognized or equivelant)
  • Assistants
  • Apprentice (SKV recognized)

Each class is managed by a German and English speaking teacher, as well as an assistant or apprentice.

All employees attend first aid and fire safety training.

Wings School abides by the rules and regulations given by the SKV, VSA and Swiss educational governing bodies. Regulations regarding holidays, working hours, further training and training are adhered to.

Philosophy

Every single child is perceived, respected & valued.

The early years in a child’s life have a great impact on their development, both psychologically and socially. It is part of our professional role as their educational environment, to support the children on their path into adulthood. Our philosophy focuses on the child as the individual, supporting them in their educational as well as social growth and allowing them to develop into future adults, parents and constructive members of society.

  • A safe, clean and healthy environment where the children can learn and develop themselves both individually but also as part of a group.
  • Provide stimulating and motivating activities which encourage involvement and social integration.
  • An environment which promotes qualities such as self-confidence, respect, knowledge, judgment, thinking, communication, responsibility, self-control, honesty, courage, decision making, kindness, sharing, caring, helping and forgiving.
  • A NON-discriminative and NON-denominational environment where every child is treated equally regardless of color, race, religion, looks or other.
  • A diversity of subjects and social issues which are interpreted through projects and activities focusing on cognitive thinking, psychology, physiology and language. Children are exposed to all the world has to offer in order to broaden their understanding of the world and their role in it.
  • An environment where parents and staff work together in order to attain mutual goals. Open communication with parents allows each child to be supplied with the «wings to fly».
Communication & Education

Information and a good flow of communication between parents and caregiver.

Neither the parents themselves nor the school alone can provide everything a child needs. Both are necessary and should support each other. Open communication promotes healthy working relationships.

  • In addition to the short information exchanged with the parents daily at drop-off and pick-up times, the parents of each child will have at least one yearly meeting with the responsible member of staff where the development, strengths and weaknesses of that particular child will be discussed.
  • Parents will be informed of how we experience the child as an individual and in group social situations. Likewise we expect and want parents to share with us their experiences and provide us with any important information that may be necessary to enable us to support the child in their development as an individual.
  • At the beginning of each term, the parents will receive a program summarizing the focus points for that term. This allows parents to be informed and involved in the program that is presented to their child. Feedback is always welcome.
  • Regular meetings take place with the staff in order to provide prompt and effective communication. These enable problems or needs to be identified very quickly and to react accordingly. There are short weekly meetings on various levels and larger meetings monthly.
  • The school information board in both the Kindergarten and Daycare should be checked regularly.
  • Each class has an information board at the entrance of the class or group, please check for updates.
  • Twice per year a newsletter is distributed with information and updates.

The school has relationships with larger companies, which reserve fixed places at the school for the children of their employees. We also keep in touch with other institutions as well as with research on educational developments in and out of Switzerland. This enables us to be stay up to date with changing educational issues.

As their educational setting, it is our responsibility to support them in their development. Research tells us that a child’s developmental potential is heightened if he/she feels secure. We are also told that children need boundaries and structure to feel safe. Therefore, during each day, children are offered a clear structure and focus.

Children thrive most when they are stimulated not only mentally but physically and creatively. Children deserve mutual respect where they learn to grow as individuals.

Our environment focusses on learning from mistakes rather than experiencing them as failure.

By offering a supportive, nurturing, non-judgmental environment, we believe children can learn to grow from not only what they learn educationally, but their mistakes, their social interactions and their own recognition of who they are as an individual. We thrive to expose them to all forms of education and highten all their senses.

Class and group allocation is based on the group constellation. Mixed age groups or classes offer the child the opportunity to sense their own boundaries and achieve their potential. Variety and diversity promote social skills.

In the Daycare there is a selection of German and English speaking staff. The Kindergarten classes each have one educated English speaking and one educated German speaking staff member. Lessons are prepared and presented in the Teachers main language; this means there is always one clear language per activity. These activities and the languages are equally planned throughout the day.

Safety & Cleanliness

Safety & cleanliness is just as important to us as the well-being of the children.

The building contains all necessary fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, emergency plan, etc. Each staff member must also undergo a fire safety course. An evacuation plan is put into place and all teachers and members of staff are trained to act accordingly in an emergency situation. In addition to this, fire drill exercises take place twice throughout the year, where all children and staff practice an orderly evacuation. The fire-department has reviewed the premises and approved us as safe.

Cleanliness and safety is the most important aspect of any school. This minimizes health hazards. In order to enable this:

  • First aid boxes are available for both Daycare and Kindergarten
  • Each staff member must undertake a first-aid course
  • The rooms are cleaned daily at the end of each day
  • All food items are stored in appropriate places and it is ensured that they are fresh and within their sell by date
  • All dangerous items such as medicine, cleaning equipment etc. are kept locked and out of the reach of children
  • In emergency cases, children are brought to the closest hospital (Triemli). In case of an emergency or illness parents will be informed immediately.
  • No one except the parents are allowed to pick up a child unless the parents themselves have previously given instructions and permission
  • All children are required to have a filled out medical form. This will ensure that the school is aware of any information such as allergies.
  • Children with fever, diarrhea or contagious diseases must remain at home until they have recovered
  • The parents must supply at least one telephone number at which they are reachable at all times.
  • Nappies are provided by the Daycare for all children.
  • With regards to dental hygiene, individual tooth brushes, as well as tooth paste are provided for each child. The tooth brushes are replaced regularly.
  • The kitchen is regularly assessed by a health inspector, and the guidelines for hygiene are abided by.