Stepping Stones pupils, who have reached the Swiss mandatory Kindergarten age, are required to attend the minimum amount of hours stipulated by the canton of (their) residence. Children residing in the canton of Zug are required to attend a minimum of 17.5 hours. These hours do not include lunch breaks.
What is the mandatory Kindergarten age in Canton Zug?
It is mandatory for children who reach the age of 5 years by the end of February to attend the mandatory number of hours in Kindergarten in the following August. Children who turn 5 by 31st May, who are intending to go to school after 1 year of Kindergarten, must also attend the mandatory hours required in Kindergarten.
How many days should your child attend Stepping Stones to cover the mandatory minimum if you reside in Canton Zug?
A child of mandatory Kindergarten age, residing in Canton Zug must attend a minimum of one of the following options:
- 5 mornings/week from 9.00-12.30
- 3 full days/week from 9.00-15.30 plus 1 half day/week from 9.00-12.30
- 2 full days/week from 9.00-15.30 plus 2 half days/week from 9.00-12.30
Families residing outside Canton Zug must check with their local authorities.
Kindergarten pupils who have not yet reached the mandatory Kindergarten age may attend as often as set out in the Stepping Stones Class Schedule. We do however advise that Kindergarten pupils attend daily in order to cover the Kindergarten curriculum.
Stepping Stones receive a cantonal contribution for each child of mandatory Kindergarten age residing in Canton Zug, provided they are enrolled at Stepping Stones before 1st November of that school year. Stepping Stones are, by law required to forward 50% of this contribution to the parents. This is done by giving a Kindergarten remuneration in the third school term and is directly deducted from the third term invoice sent out in March.
For more information about Mandatory Kindergarten, please contact the authorities in the town or village of your residence.
You may also contact us if you have any further questions.
Stepping Stones Management.