Childcare Outside School Hours and School Holidays

Understand what childcare options are available for the working parent, and when the school holidays fall in Switzerland...

In some communes childcare facilities are available outside of school hours for the children of working parents. Information about what possibilities are available can be obtained from social services or the school department of the relevant commune.



  • See the Vaud cantonal website
  • Bureau d'Information aux Parents
    At: 9 place Chauderon, 1002 Lausanne
    Tel: +41 (0)21 315 60 00
    Note: only for the city of Lausanne


  • See the Neuchatel cantonal website
  • L'Unité Enfance
    : 28, rue de Tivoli, 2000 Neuchatel
    Tel: +41 (0)32 717 74 62
    Note: only for the city of Neuchatel

School Holidays

In German-speaking Switzerland the school year begins between mid-August and the end of August.

In the cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Neuchatel the school year begins at the end of August.

For dates for school and public holidays

Queries About School

In the first instance parents should turn to the class teacher, who can advise them on how the class functions, on the curriculum, and on any individual problems that may arise.

Parents can address more general queries or concerns to the commune office responsible for the school. When disputes or problems arise, mediation and counselling is provided by the schools' inspector.