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Nurseries and kindergartens in Basel

We don't necessarily visit daycare, play schools, nurseries or kindergartens and definitely don't look at them as thoroughly as the primary and secondary schools, but these are amongst the ones in Basel recommended or mentioned by parents. We list them here just to give you a place to start, to help you make up your own short list. 

We always appreciate any feedback from parents (contact us), and we'll remove schools or add them as we hear about them or receive updates, even from this informal list.

What are your options in Basel for the under-five set?  Are you looking for full-time childcare while you head to the office or just a morning here and there to give yourself a well-earned break? Well, whatever you are looking for, Basel probably has it, albeit often with waiting lists and huge fees.  

Making an appointment to visit in order to get a feel for the place in advance is a must. Also ask for a free trial morning.

All places listed below are accessible by public transport.  Insurance for your child is required at all establishments.

Kids Camp International School

Hohe Strasse 150, CH-4104 Oberwil

tel: +41  61 301 00 69 email:

[email protected]

Situated in Baselland. Accept children in nursery 3-18 months, pre-school (18 months to 4), kindergarten (4-6), primary (6-11). English and German spoken.  Good option if you are living in one of the large ex-pat communities in Oberwil. Easily accessible by public transport, although a but out of the way if you are living in Basel Stadt. There is a lot of emphasis on music and sport, with feel of an American style 'holiday camp' about it and they offer camps and events in the school holidays (open to three year olds upwards).

Lots of green spaces around for afternoon walks to forest/farms. Also has a library, computer centre, cafeteria and a large private playground outside. Minimum subscription of 3 half days per week. Early drop off and late pick ups catered for for an extra fee, breakfast (if required) and hot lunch provided. Often the children are taken off premises for outings in kids camp's own bus. 


Sägestrasse 7, CH-4104 Oberwil BL

tel: +41 79 889 84 14

email: [email protected]


Traditional playschool for toilet-trained children aged between 3-5 years. This is a small but highly recommended English-speaking playgroup in Oberwil.

Very welcoming and friendly group, housed in a small building close to the tram line in Oberwil village centre. All children speak english but culturally diverse. Engage in many craft activities, games and stories. Healthy snack provided. Minimum one session per week. Playgroup open Tuesdays-Fridays 8.30-11.30am. No playground on site but children are taken out to nearby playground. One morning per week minimum. They also offer English classes for 4-7 year olds, both native speakers and EAL.

Sunshine Little Learners GmbH

Sperrstrasse 104a, CH-4057 Basel

tel: +41 61 554 89 62

email: [email protected]


Another recommended traditional English speaking playgroup for children aged 2 to 4 run by British Sandra Willi The playgroup (ages 2-4) runs from Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 12.30 pm. Lots of messy and stimulating play. Daily outdoor activities and also may include walks to nearby parks, farm. One morning per week minimum. Long waiting list. This editor feels you'd be very lucky to get a place here. Also offering small afternoon English and Maths classes (ages 4-12) and a four week summer camp for ages 4-12.

Bilingual Kids Academy

Gellertstrasse 25, CH- 4052 Basel

tel: +41 61 311 76 62

email: [email protected]


Accommodates children from 3 months to 6 years and a primary school on a separate campus (6-12). Bilingual environment with English and German used side by side during the day. Daycare available 7am-7pm. Minimum 2 days per week. Easily reached by public transport within Basel area. The Gellert site is surrounded by a large, private park and the Spalentor and Wettstein locations have outside play areas. One to check out if you need long hours of daycare and they also run holiday camps.

Open Door Playgroups

Zwingerstrasse 20, CH-4053 Basel

tel: +41 61 361 17 10

email: [email protected]


A non-profit organisation run as a club with morning playgroups from Monday to Friday (2-4) and Art, Music and Movement classes on Tuesday and Friday. The maximum class size is 12 and there are a minimum of two teachers per class. English literacy classes for children (aged 4-12) in the early and late afternoons; beginners' courses and then teaching the Oxford International English Course from level 3.


Kannenfeldstrasse 28, Im Hinterhof, CH - 4056 Basel

tel: +41 61 271 64 69

email: [email protected]


Caters for children aged between 3 and 7. First Montessori in Basel and has been running for over 30 years. Week days from 7.45 am to 12 noon. The languages spoken are both German and English. There are also special afternoon activities on offer from Monday to Thursday (12 noon to 4 pm) for an extra charge. This Montessori has its own school bus.

Ahead with English 

Kanelmattweg 5, CH- 4106 Therwil & Gartengasse 18 CH-4125 Riehen

tel: +41 61 421 41 09

email: [email protected]


Accepts toilet-trained youngsters aged 3-5. Owned by an American, brought up in Brazil with mother-tongue English teachers and only English is spoken. The pre-school in Therwil (ages two and a half to five) runs from Tuesday to Friday 8.30 - 11.30 am and in the afternoons there are various English classes for children aged 4-14. The Riehen site has morning classes, Monday Wednesday and Friday (8.30 -11.30 am) with a playgroup on Tuesdays (9.30 - 11.30 am) and a Speech Therapy class on Thursdays (8.30 - 4pm). They also run various English classes in the afternoon from 2pm onwards (and online) as well as an adult English conversation class on Tuesdays

SIK (Susanna's International Kindergarden)

Schonaustrasse 67 CH-4058 Basel & Erlenmattstrasse 16-20 CH-4058 Basel

tel: +41 61 361 41 06

email: [email protected]


Bilingual, catering for children 3 months to 7 years. Popular with working parents due to its proximity to Novartis, Roche and Syngenta (the big 3 ex-pat employers) plus easily accessible to Badischer Bahnhof (German railway station), tram and bus. Bi-lingual German/eEglish. The Kindergarten is split into nursery, pre-school and Kindergarten 1 & 2. Each age group has its own space made up of multiple rooms.

Open 7 am - 6.30 pm on weekdays, all year except Christmas week. SIK also offers afternoon care and holiday camps. Onsite playground and courtyard and both of its sites which are located a stones throw from each other. Minimum attendance 60% either 3 full days or 5 half days. An ad hoc evening babysitting service is available if you are enrolled.

LittleFoot Nursery

Voltastrasse 98, CH-4056 Basel

tel: +41 61 535 88 28

email: [email protected]


For children aged between 3 months- 6 years. Bi-lingual German/English. Another facility popular with working parents due to its long opening hours 7 am - 6.30 pm Monday to Friday (to 8 pm Thursdays and Fridays). Garden and playground on site and all meals included in the fees. Sibling discounts available. Open all year, including school holidays, except Christmas week.

International schools with pre-schools

ELA Basel 

Gartenstrasse 93, 4052 Basel

tel:+41 61 313 05 80

email:  [email protected]  


Centrally located not far from the main SBB railway station. Highly recommended by expats, although often mentioned as expensive, ELA is the only one of the international schools in Basel offering daycare for children younger than three. ELA Early Years takes babies, toddlers and pre-school age children from 3 months to 4 years subject to spaces. In a beautiful mansion building in a quiet residential street, with a reputation for a nurturing and well-organised environment, children are engaged in arts, crafts, stories, games, music and physical activities plus free play.

All lunches are freshly made on the premises and are a very sociable occasion. Everyone sits down as a group with the teachers and are encouraged to have get involved in self-serving and to have good table manners. Minimum of 2 whole days including lunch. Early drop off and late pick up options available. Ideal for working parents. Primary school is also available from age 4-11. 

International School of Basel (ISB) 

Fleischbachstrasse 2 4153 Reinach, Basel

tel:+41 61 715 33 33

email:[email protected]


The most well-known of the international schools in Basel takes toilet-trained children from age 3 (before 31 August). Their 'Early Years Centre' caters for children aged 3-6 (Pre-School 1, Pre-School 2 and Kindergarten) located south of Reinach in Aesch in its own modern purpose built campus. Pre-school runs to 3pm in the afternoon Monday-Friday with an extra option of staying in after school activities until 4pm subject to an additional semesterly fee. Pre-school 1 and 2 don't come cheap and cost upwards of 20,000CHF per annum. It's also out of town and parents have been heard bemoaning that it can be a pain to get to. On the plus side ISB has the best on site facilities of all the schools in Basel. North American in theme. IB education offered at ISB up to age 18.

Swiss International School (SIS)

Erlenstrasse 15 4058 Basel

tel: +41 61 683 71 40

email: i[email protected]


SIS is a bi-lingual German/English Swiss IB international school in inner city Kleinbasel. Children aged 3 -4 can start in Kindergarten 1 and ages 4 -5 in Kindergarten 2. Truly international mix of children with a mixture of German and English speaking children and teachers. 50% education provided in German and the other 50% in English.

Great if you already have some knowledge of German and/or have a flair for languages and a passion for learning and intergration into the Swiss culture. Not great if your child is lacking confidence and/or does not have any interest or desire to learn German.

Hours 8.30 am - 3 pm every day, except Wednesday which is a half day. Extracurricular activities after school available some sessions for free, some for additional charge. Hot lunches available for additional cost. Kindergarten 1 & 2.

Academia International School

Bonergasse 75 CH - 4057 Basel

tel: +41 61 260 20 00

email: [email protected]   


AIS offers a bilingual (German/English) education and has a pre-school for children aged 4 - 6 years. Word on the street is that it has a nice atmosphere and small classes so worth checking out if your heart is set on a bi-lingual pre-school. For Pre-school 1 is mornings only 4 days per week (9 am start) and full day (until 4.15 pm) on Tuesdays. Pre-school 2 is 8.30 am - 12 noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday (4.15 pm Tuesday and Thursday). Lunches offered on site. Flexible extra-curricular activities offered until 6 pm daily at additional cost.


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