“Learning opportunities for children up to age 4” is a project of the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich. With this project, the Department of Education aims to play a role in implementing the 2015–2019 directives of government policy.

Films for parents and professionals

The video clips are two to four minutes long and are available in 13 languages. They are available in Switzerland’s four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh) as well as in nine other languages: Albanian, Arabic, English, Portuguese, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Tigrinya and Turkish. The video clips are designed for parents and caregivers of small children, as well as professionals in early childhood education, care and upbringing. They are intended to be a source of information, i.e. to provide information and encourage adults to recognise and pick up on the educational processes concerning young children in daily life.

2014 and 2019 video clip series

The Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich published video clips on learning opportunities in daily life for children up to age 4 for the first time in 2014. The video clips on early language acquisition supplement the first series. There is now a total of 65 video clips available on early childhood learning. In addition, there will also be six video essays with explanations on childhood language acquisition.

Framework

The 2014 video clips on learning opportunities relate to the “Orientierungsrahmen für die frühkindliche Bildung, Betreuung und Erziehung (Orientation framework for early childhood education, care and upbringing)” (2012) published by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO and the Swiss Childcare Network. The educational concept “Early language acquisition” (2017), which was developed by the Thurgau University of Teacher Training (PHTG) and the Marie Meierhofer Institut für das Kind on behalf of the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich, is the specialist reference point of the “Frühe Sprachbildung 2019” (Early language acquisition 2019) films.

Contact

For parents and caregivers of small children: If you have any questions, please contact one of the support centres for parents: e.g. family support, parental counselling or education. These centres are available here:
www.kjz.zh.ch/angebote-4

For specialists in early childhood education, care and upbringing: Information on further training offers is available here:
www.bfs-winterthur.ch/weiterbildung

For information on or suggestions regarding the video clips:
info@kinder-4.ch

Project partner

A project of the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich

With financial support from

In collaboration with

Frühe Sprachbildung 2019

Lotteriefonds Kanton Zürich; Stiftung Mercator Schweiz; Marie Meierhofer Institut für das Kind Zürich, Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau, Netzwerk Kinderbetreuung Schweiz

Lerngelegenheiten 2014

Lotteriefonds Kanton Zürich; Jacobs Foundation; Stiftung Mercator Schweiz; Viktor Dürrenberger-Stiftung Zürich; Marie Meierhofer Institut für das Kind Zürich; Partnerprojekt des Orientierungs-rahmens für frühkindliche Bildung, Betreuung und Erziehung der UNESCO-Kommission und des Netzwerks Kinderbetreuung Schweiz.