Welcome to the Early Childhood Program


The Early Childhood Program at Zurich International School is located in two buildings – children aged 3 to 5 years (Early ZIS, Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten) in the Early Childhood Center in Kilchberg; and children aged 5 to 6 years (Kindergarten) in the Lower School in Wädenswil.

As of August 2019, the entire Early Childhood Program will be located on our campus in Wädenswil.


Qualified and experienced practitioners nurture the development of the whole child through positive and challenging experiences, which are enhanced through:

  • outdoor spaces, including a small forest
  • incorporation of technology into classrooms to enhance learning
  • play-based developmentally-appropriate learning experiences

As framed by the ZIS mission, our goal is to meet students where they are, to ensure that all are challenged and supported to achieve more than they thought possible.

It is always exciting to see young children develop the confidence to manage their own personal needs, take risks and begin to grow into independent learners. In the Early Childhood Program, this is a daily occurrence.

We also offer Before and After School Care if you need to extend the school day.

Laurel Sutcliffe

Laurel Sutcliffe
Early Childhood Assistant Principal

The ZIS Experience