LittleMandarin Pre-school

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小橘子中文学前班

Locations and weekdays:

  1. Lenggstrasse 26a, 8008 Zürich (every Monday)
  2. Dörflistrasse 18, 8942 Oberrieden (every Tuesday )
  3. Alte Landstrasse 82, 8800 Thalwil (every Monday)
  4. Langackerstrasse 22, 6330 Cham (every Tuesday – NEW starting from October 2024)

Children from 2 years to 4.5 years are welcome in our Mandarin Pre-school Playgroup (maximum 10 children and 2-3 native speaker teachers). The small size of our class allows each child to receive individual attention.

The children develop a foundation in Mandarin whilst learning across all subject areas such as music and movement, communication, math, science, creative art and crafts in a fully immersive Chinese environment. From the age of 3, children also starts with character recognition activities.

LittleMandarin Playgroup employs the theme-based curriculum which integrates different subject areas into a common theme. For example, the children learn about animals, time, family, daily life and the seasons. After two terms (one year), your child should be able to speak and understand about 50 commonly used words (or increase their vocabulary by 50 new words).

Exposure to traditional Chinese cultural elements, arts and history helps to deepen each child’s love and understanding of the Mandarin Language. Our structured activities include learning Chinese children’s songs/dances, Chinese nursery rhymes, language games, traditional Chinese poetry, painting/calligraphy, Chinese stories, festivals and traditions.

By employing inquiry-based approach, we encourage independent thinking and nurture the curiosity for acquiring language. Our program is focused to enable children to develop confidence, independence, responsibility and cultural competence.

Time and Price

Core morning activity time: 9am-12pm

Core afternoon activity time: 2pm-4pm

(Additional early drop-off from 8am and late-pick up services until 6pm are upon request)

During our lunch break (12pm to 2pm), we provide a healthy, balanced and freshly made lunch

Total CHF 499 per month for from 9am to 4pm in Zurich, Oberrieden and Cham

Total CHF 529 per month for from 9am to 4pm in Thalwil

(half day, optional extended early/late care upon request)

The playgroup fee must be paid three months in advance. No refund is made in case, your child is sick or otherwise absent.

Not included in the price

Morning snack, house shoes, water bottles, pacifier, changing clothes, raining boots

Playgroup holidays

The Playgroup is closed during public holidays and during the two weeks of Christmas holiday. During summer break the playgroup is also closed for three weeks. During all other school holidays, our playgroup remains open.

Please register via google form

Example daily routine

Time Program
8am-9am Optional early care and arrival of students
Morning core activity time Baby Gongfu

Snack time

Morning circle time and Mandarin Chinese/culture learning

Structured activities

Indoor/Outdoor play

12pm-2pm Lunch break/midday care
Afternoon core activity time Afternoon circle time and Mandarin Chinese/culture learning

Structured activities

Snack time

Indoor/Outdoor play

4pm Core activity time ends and pick up time
4pm-6.30pm Optional late care