School History

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Stepping Stones, The school for Early Childhood Education was established in 2002 under the guidance of the founders; Annemarie Schellinger, Liz Christensen and Linda van Veelen. After 14 successful years working together, Linda retired from her position at Stepping Stones. Dedicating much of her life to the school, Linda had been a strong pillar. With her loving care, so many children grew and blossomed. In September 2016 Fay Marbot joined Liz and Annemarie as joint owner of the school. This was an easy transition as Fay had been a dedicated member of the teaching team for over 12 years and had always supported the school with her hard work and enthusiasm.

The aim at Stepping Stones was clear from the start: to provide a secure and caring environment where children can learn through play and stimulating activities, where their need for care and emotional support as well as for learning experiences is recognised. Every day the Stepping Stones team strive to and maintain this goal.

When Stepping Stones first opened its doors in August 2002, there were facilities for 25-36 children per day. With the increasing demand for early childhood education in English, Stepping Stones was able to increase its facilities in 2007, to provide places for up to 66 children per day.

In 2010, when mandatory Kindergarten was introduced in the Canton of Zug, Stepping Stones received it’s certification enabling the school to continue to offer a two-year Kindergarten programme in accordance to Swiss rules and regulations.

The school is located in the peaceful area‚ Im Jöchler’ in Baar, away from busy roads and perfect for nature walks. The building itself has a homely touch with individual classrooms, a well equipped indoor free play area, a large art area and it’s own garden for exploring and playing. The „Robi-Playground“, adjacent to the school is available to the school twice a week and offers an extensive natural play landscape where the children can move and discover to their hearts content.

Stepping Stones is a popular choice for expat families of all nationalities as well as long-term residents and Swiss families, with over 22 nationalities represented at the school.

The Stepping Stones team looks forward to many more exciting years ahead.

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Founders:
Linda van Veelen, Liz Christensen and Annemarie Schellinger

stepping-stone-teamAnnemarie Schellinger, Fay Marbot and Liz Christensen

If you would like more information about Stepping Stones or if you would like to visit the school, please call 041 760 11 18 or contact us