Switzerland's approaches to school readiness

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Switzerland's approaches to school readiness
1 "Kindergarten"
1.1 Children usually start between 5 and 6 and attend for two years.
1.1.1 The general principle is that children in early years settings should not learn to read and write, but to develop their social skills and get used to sitting quietly and paying attention to a teacher.
1.1.2 https://www.nfer.ac.uk/research/centre-for-information-and-reviews/inca/TP%20Early%20Years%20Education%202001.pdf
1.2 pre-school establishments usually take children for between two and two-and-a-half hours in the mornings and for two hours in the afternoons.
1.2.1 On average, classes have between 17 and 19 children.
1.3 there is no national early years curriculum
1.3.1 a new general curriculum for early years education came into force in the French-speaking cantons during the 1994/95 academic year.
1.3.2 the curriculum followed by Kindergarten teachers in German-speaking cantons, include aims which refer to the development of the child's personality, the acquisition of elementary skills, and social behaviour.
1.3.2.1 The recommendation is that the child should be offered a rich and stimulating environment with games, handicraft materials and everyday objects, picture books.
2 "Volksschule" - Primary School
2.1 Attendance at the Volksschule is mandatory for all children in Switzerland
2.1.1 Children must either attend the public school or must go to a private school. The curriculum at a private school is almost identical to the public school.
2.1.2 School begins at the age of seven and lasts at least eight, but usually nine years.
2.1.3 The average class size is 19.9 pupils
2.1.3.1 In 2013 Switzerland came 17th in the League Tables of Education and came above average on the overall reading score with 501 points only 55 away from the top leaders: China
2.1.3.2 Primary schools are coeducational but schools usually only teach in one language (German, French or Italian).
2.1.3.2.1 All subjects are taught by one teacher
2.2 98% of Swiss children attend publicly-funded schools.
2.3 there is no national curriculum for this level of education.
3 There are cantons (sectors) of primary school in Switzerland, one for each language they teach in, French, German and Italian
4 Mathematics performance (PISA):
4.1 Switzerland are 3rd in the table, just behind Japan and Korea
4.2 Reading Performance (PISA)
4.2.1 Switzerland are 12th in the table for reading just behind Norway and Australia
4.2.2 Science Performance (PISA)
4.2.2.1 Switzerland came 14th behind Slovenia and New Zealand
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