Pre-school

Child care

If you have young children, you can call on a childcare centre/nursery or a caring person in a family environment who will take care of them during your activities (work, job search, training, French course, etc.). The price of these services varies according to the parents’ salary.

Please note that places are limited and there is often a waiting list. It is advisable to seek information during pregnancy.
 
There are also home care solutions: this involves finding a daytime mother or an au pair (which you will pay for yourself), regardless of the age of the children.
 
Childcare in the canton of Vaud is organised into networks. You can contact your municipality of residence or the childcare networks listed.
 
More information
 
The different types of childcare
 
Babysitting and emergency care
From time-to-time, you can also call on a babysitter who will take care of your children for a few hours in the evening or during the weekend. The Red Cross trains young people in caring for children and offers its family assistance services according to the net income of the household according to the following rates, as an indication: CHF 4 per hour for income up to CHF 3,500 and CHF 6 per hour if it is childcare during weeknights, weekends or holidays.
 
Vaud Red Cross
In the event of an emergency or if your child is ill or has an accident, you can call on the paying services of the Red Cross to have your children looked after.
 
More information
Service de garde d’enfants malades
Rue Beau-Séjour 9-13
1002 Lausanne
021 340 00 80
021 340 00 81
famille@croixrougevaudoise.ch

Parent-child activities

French courses on the world of school are offered to parents.

Français en jeu
French course “Learning at school”
 
Pôle Lausanne
Place Pépinet 2
1003 Lausanne
021 329 04 49
lausanne@francaisenjeu.ch
 
Pôle ouest vaudois
Rue de l’Avenir 6
1020 Renens
021 552 44 04
ouest@francaisenjeu.ch
 
Pôle est vaudois
Rue des Remparts 7
Case postale 47
1814 La Tour-de-Peilz
021 552 44 05
riviera@francaisenjeu.ch
 
Pôle Broyes et Gros-de-Vaud
Rue Mauborget
1510 Moudon
021 552 44 03
moudon@francaisenjeu.ch

Pre-school workshops are available for children.

From 4 to 15 years old: compulsory school and day care for children

In Switzerland, school is compulsory from the age of 4 and lasts 11 years. All children, regardless of their residence status, are admitted to public schools in the canton of Vaud, which are free. In this context, students who do not speak French will benefit from intensive courses, also free of charge.
 
When you arrive, if you have children of school age, you must register them as soon as possible in the school closest to your home.

Consult the directory of schools
 
For registrations in the city of Lausanne, you must contact the Service des Ecoles et du Parascolaire directly.
 
More information

Service des écoles et du parascolaire
Direction de l’enfance, de la jeunesse et des quartiers

Place Chauderon | 5e étage
Case postale 5032 | 1002 Lausanne 
021 315 64 11
 
For more information, consult all the explanatory documents of the Vaud school system translated into 16 languages.
 
Translated information documents to parents
 
You will also find the diagrams by country where the Vaud system is compared to the system of different countries.
 
For all questions related to compulsory schooling

French courses and reception classes

Depending on their municipality of residence, children who do not speak French are integrated into regular classes with intensive French courses or full-time reception classes. After one or two years, students in reception classes continue their schooling in the regular class of compulsory education or post-compulsory education.

Information for students who speak another language (ALLOPHONES)
 
Office du soutien pédagogique et de l’enseignement spécialisé
The service ensures and supports the education of children and young people aged 0 to 20 years old with disabilities and special needs and supports the process of social integration through vocational training.

Rue Cité-Devant 11
1014 Lausanne
021 316 54 01
info.sesaf@vd.ch

Private schools

The offer of private schools is aimed at parents who want their children to continue their education according to a specific curriculum, in a foreign language, for all levels and ages. The search engine on the website of the Association vaudoise des écoles privées (AVDEP) will direct you to the schools corresponding to your needs.

Day care for children

As soon as your child is in school, structures can take care of them, before, during and after school. They are generally called APEMS (Accueil pour enfants en milieu scolaire) or UAPE (Unité d’accueil pour écoliers). For more information, you can contact the day care network of your municipality directly.
 

Supervised or assisted homework
After school, students have the opportunity to participate in supervised or assisted homework in the presence of an adult. These activities provide a framework conducive to learning. A modest financial contribution may be requested from the parents. For more information, contact your child’s school.

Support for parents

Parent-teacher associations (APE)
There are around forty parent-teacher associations in the canton. They can help you better understand how the Vaud school system works, but also day care for children, supervised homework and transport. You will find the APE closest to you by consulting the website: ape-vaud.ch/ape-locales.

Avenue de Rumine 2
1005 Lausanne
021 341 90 77 | 078 689 63 63
[email]info@ape-vaud.ch[/email]

More information
 
Information concerning support for parents, children and youth

Native languages and culture courses (LCO)
So that your child can develop his or her native language while learning French, native language and culture courses (LCO) are organised in the canton by various immigrant associations and certain embassies. You can enrol your children in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic courses, etc., depending on the existing offers. The schools or the municipality will provide you with the necessary information on the LCO courses that take place closest to your home.

Search for activities

1001 Histoires
Responsable : Institut suisse Jeunesse et Médias (ISJM)
Lieu du cours : Lausanne
021 311 52 20
Animations en langue d’origine et en français autour des récits, des comptines et des histoires
1001 Histoires
Responsable : Institut suisse Jeunesse et Médias (ISJM)
Lieu du cours : Renens
021 311 52 20
Animations en langue d’origine et en français autour des récits, des comptines et des histoires
1001 Histoires
Responsable : Institut suisse Jeunesse et Médias (ISJM)
Lieu du cours : Payerne
021 311 52 20
Animations en langue d’origine et en français autour des récits, des comptines et des histoires
1001 Histoires
Responsable : Institut suisse Jeunesse et Médias (ISJM)
Lieu du cours : Vevey
021 311 52 20
Animations en langue d’origine et en français autour des récits, des comptines et des histoires
1001 Histoires
Responsable : Institut suisse Jeunesse et Médias (ISJM)
Lieu du cours : Ecublens
021 311 52 20
Animations en langue d’origine et en français autour des récits, des comptines et des histoires
1001 Histoires
Responsable : Institut suisse Jeunesse et Médias (ISJM)
Lieu du cours : Bussigny
021 311 52 20
Animations en portugais et en français autour de récits, comptines et histoires
Accueil, rencontre et orientation sociale
Responsable : Appartenances - Espace Femmes Riviera
Lieu du cours : Vevey
021 922 45 23
Accueil, rencontre et orientation sociale en faveur de femmes migrantes avec ou sans enfants
Accueil, rencontre et orientation sociale
Responsable : Appartenances - Espace Femmes Yverdon-les-Bains
Lieu du cours : Yverdon-les-Bains
024 426 03 36
Rencontres et animations en faveur de femmes migrantes avec ou sans enfants
Avanti
Responsable : Etablissement primaire et secondaire Villeneuve Haut-Lac
Lieu du cours : Villeneuve
021 557 35 00
Accueil anticipé et accompagnement des futurs élèves allophones de 1P
Café Bienvenue
Responsable : Commune de Montreux
Lieu du cours : Clarens
078 845 86 18
Ateliers d'échange et de partage d'expériences vécues en français pour femmes migrantes accompagnées de leurs enfants
Chez nous, chez vous / ateliers de français
Responsable : Globlivres
Lieu du cours : Renens
021 635 02 36
Ateliers d'échange et de partage d'expériences vécues en français avec accueil enfants en âge pré-scolaire
Cours "Apprendre l'école"
Responsable : Français en Jeu
Lieu du cours : Pully
021 552 44 05
Cours de français débutants pour des parents qui souhaitent apprendre la langue pour mieux comprendre ce que leurs enfants vivent à l'école vaudoise

From 15 years old

After compulsory school

At the end of their course, students have the opportunity to continue their training by choosing the path that suits them best. They can either continue their studies by following high-school level studies (maturité gymnasiale) which gives access to the Hautes Ecoles and the University, or follow the professional training via an apprenticeship.

AFP and CFC learning
Alternating theory and practice, the apprenticeship (or initial vocational training) leads to obtaining a federal certificate of proficiency (CFC) in 3 or 4 years or a federal certificate of vocational training (AFP), depending on the chosen profession, leading to the labour market and/or to further training. Apprenticeships are highly valued in Switzerland.
 
Regional educational and vocational guidance centres
The 5 regional educational and vocational guidance centres will inform you about the existing possibilities.
 
If you find yourself in a situation of choice of training, the Office cantonal d’orientation
scolaire et professionnelle (OCOSP) offers various services by providing you with a network of vocational guidance specialists as well as a lot of information for training support. OCOSP, with its Regional Centres, can help you develop and carry out your projects which take into account the requirements of the employment and training market, as well as your skills, aptitudes and interests, and your personality.
 
These information services on studies and professions and these advisory services, collective or individual, are intended for students and their families, young people in transition or training and adults, throughout their life.
 
Find which educational and vocational guidance centre you shoud refer to

Finding training upon arrival

From 15 to 25 years old

You are between 15 and 25 years old, you have been in Switzerland for less than two years, you speak little or no French and you are looking for training? The Migration Portal offers you an intake interview.

Portail Migration
Rue de la Borde 3d
1018 Lausanne
021 316 11 40

Scholarships

The State financially encourages apprenticeship and the continuation of studies after the end of compulsory schooling, subject to certain conditions of nationality and residence. This support is intended to complement the help of the family, if necessary to supplement it. Contact the Office cantonal des bourses d’études (OCBE) to find out more.

Office cantonal des bourses d’études (OCBE)
Rue Cité-Devant 14
1014 Lausanne
021 316 33 70

For young people from the age of 16 and anyone in training, Jet Service, the Youth Social Service of the CSP Vaud offers free and confidential social and legal consultations in different places in the canton to answer your questions in connection with scholarships, maintenance, budgets, financial problems, debts, leaving home, family difficulties, labour law, problems with the law, access to benefits, and other legal issues: insurance social security, housing, contracts, etc.
 
Jet Service - CSP Vaud
jet.service@csp-vd.ch
csp.ch/jetservice
 
Lausanne
Avenue de Rumine 2
1005 Lausanne
021 560 60 30
 
Yverdon-les-Bains
Maison des Associations
CSP Vaud - Pôle social
Quai de la Thièle 3
1400 Yverdon-les-Bains
 
Payerne
CSP Vaud
Pôle social de la Broye
Rue des Terreaux 10
1530 Payerne
 
Vevey
Dans les locaux de Ginkgo
Rue de l’Union 15b
1800 Vevey