Talks for parents and parents-to-be in Switzerland

 

Choosing home and school languages How will my child learn German best now we have moved to Switzerland? Which German should they learn first, Swiss German or High German? Living with several languages forces you to juggle your child’s needs and your family’s future. In this talk for international parents with young children, Monica Shah Zeeman will present strategies that will help you plan your children’s language learning in the multi-lingual school environment in and around Zurich. 

Why parents should choose early education Learn about brain development and the foundations of your child’s learning in this talk about how to fulfil his or her individual potential. Preparing your child for a brighter future and school success is not always easy but once you know what to look for in your child’s early years learning environment you are well on your way. 

Choosing between school systems in Switzerland Should parents choose a Swiss or an International School? And what is a –Swiss International school? There is a great choice of schools here, each with their own curriculum, language/s and culture. The school you choose has implications for your child’s future. Monica Shah Zeeman founder and Head of Children First in Zurich will share her experience of the pros and cons of each and explain some of the differences between schools and routes to university. 

Reflective Parenting and Presence Play We all want to be engaged parents once we get home as well as keep energetic at work. Children keep you on your toes, they are a challenge as well as a joy! In this talk Monica Shah Zeeman founder of Children First Association presents new strategies including Reflective Parenting and Presence Play to help working mums and dads to act confidently in unpredictable situations and to develop their children’s independence. Sometimes being a parent is harder work than going to the office but no-one gives you any training in it. 

Career and Children: Is it possible? After having a child, your worldview changes forever. Your career, however, is still a huge part of your identity and which will ultimately benefit your family greatly if you pursue it. Many new mothers deal with guilt and the pressure to juggle it all perfectly. With many flexible options and changes in the workplace today it is more possible than ever not just to have a job but to pursue a meaningful career. Having the right network and strategies in place will be key before finding the right job or starting your own company. Monica Shah Zeeman 

will teach you how to manage family expectations, find a support network while living abroad, arrange childcare and important considerations in building your career path in Switzerland. 

Daycare languages How many languages should my child learn at once? What’s the difference between one daycare and another? What do they learn in the early years? If your preschool child is growing up with more than one language come and hear early years expert Monica Shah Zeeman talk about daycare with a difference. 

How to choose a bilingual daycare Developmental daycare is an early years setting where the teachers care about how your child is developing and learning as an individual. Language adds another dimension in a social group. 

Choosing the best school for your child There is a great choice of schools, each with their own curriculum, language/s and culture. The school you choose has implications for your child’s future and ability to realize their educational potential. Get informed from the get-go! 

Parenting Multi-lingual Children We meet parents whose children could speak 5 languages – how to choose which one to encourage first, in which order can they learn to minimize confusion, how can we get results that suit our individual family? This talk can be arranged with individual families. CHF 50 per 30 minutes. 

Choose Zoom or a talk in your company (distance due to Covid regulations apply). 

About the speaker: Monica Shah Zeeman, Children First Association, Founder and Head 

Monica Shah Zeeman has been working with international families since 2006 to support their lives abroad. Founder of Children First, her diploma from the renowned Tavistock Clinic in London informs Children First care and educational services and she runs parenting courses and workshops for teachers in Zurich, Switzerland. 

Monica is the Education columnist for Family Matters (an online magazine in Switzerland) and author of Heinemann Management series ‘Working with Parents’ for secondary school teachers. 

September 2020

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