Children First Association was established to provide care, education and support for families with young children living away from home in Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2006 we have been providing quality early years education in English. In 2015 we introduced German in our preschool and French as an additional kindergarten option.

As the school has grown, we have retained our core commitment to providing education and support on a personal level. We feel privileged to be one of the first places outside the home where children make friends and begin their education; our multi-age groups are structured like a big family, in which each child is encouraged to enhance their own personality, while learning to interact with others.

The curricula we offer enable children to acquire fundamental life skills, as well as a solid academic foundation. The internationally recognised Montessori methodology supports practical skills development using teaching methods that promote creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, care of the environment and sociable learning.

The UK Foundation Stage Early Years Curriculum ensures children are well prepared to start kindergarten with us and to transition into local, bilingual or large international schools.

The strong relationships with all the children here are complemented by our work in partnership with parents. We offer extra support for international families as they embark on a new phase of family life abroad. We can also help you choose your child’s next school after their formative years at Children First.

We are looking forward to discussing with you how we can give your child a head start in life.