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Family and Children

Parent and Child in Zurich

Work and Family

UZH is very dedicated to enabling a good work and family life balance. You can concentrate best on your studies, teaching and research knowing that your children are well-cared for. If you need extrafamilial childcare or a school for your child, it's important to get familiar with the Swiss childcare and school system early on in order to find the best solution for your family. 

If you’re looking for general information on offers for parents and children or if you’re expecting a child and need information or advice, the city of Zurich has compiled information and links on important topics such as pregnancy consultation hours, being a single parent or a brochure on Zurich with children (in German).

City of Zurich information for parents (in German)

Advisory Service for Mothers and Fathers

Advisory services for parents exist in all districts of Zurich and in many communities of the canton of Zurich. They aim at supporting parents of children aged 0 to 5 in all questions concerning care, development, education, nutrition and dealing with difficult situations. Their advice is free of charge and can be sought in your local advice center, over telephone or – if necessary – at your home.

Advisory service for mothers and fathers of the city of Zurich

Advisory service for mothers and fathers in the canton of Zurich (in German)

Extrafamilial Childcare

Every child has the right to a spot in a daycare facility in the city of Zurich. Extrafamilial childcare is voluntary and subject to a fee. In many facilities, fees are calculated according to the financial situation of parents and it is possible to apply for a subsidy. Depending on your choice of childcare, costs and flexibility will vary. The most frequent childcare solutions for babies and infants are listed in our subpage.

Weiterführende Informationen


UZH and ETH together have their own foundation for childcare called KIHZ. It runs its own childcare facilities including crèches, childcare on demand and holiday clubs. KIHZ supports parents and prospective parents with information and advice about childcare opportunities and offers.

City of Zurich

The city of Zurich offers extensive information on the different forms of extrafamilial childcare on its website (the detailed information is available only in German).