Here you find links to carefully selected organisations and companies I can recommend for the services, products or information they provide.
Rescue & Emergency Services in Switzerland
112 – European emergency number
144 – Emergency medical service EMS/ambulance
117 – Police
118 – Fire services
145 – Tox Centre/Poison Control Centre
1414 – REGA air rescue
1415 – Air-Glacier, air rescue
140 – Break-down service
143 – Crisis line
147 – Children, youth emergency call
163 – Road condition
187 – Avalanche bulletin
044 261 88 66 – Parents’ emergency call
044 211 22 22 – Animal rescue service
More numbers are listed on notfallnummern.ch.
Paediatric Emergency Medical Services
Kindernotfall (Paediatric Emergency) Triemli participates in two paediatric emergency services: the “Kinderärztliches Beratungstelefon” (Paediatric Advisory Phone Service), 0900 11 22 66 (CHF 3.16/minute) and the Kindernotfalldienst linkes Zürichseeufer (Paediatric Emergency Medical Services left shore of Lake Zurich) 0900 57 57 57 (CHF 3/min).
Kindernotfall (Paediatric Emergency) University Hospital Basel You can reach the UKBB helpline at 0900 712 712 (CHF 3.23/minute).
Kinderärztliches Beratungstelefon am Kinderspital Luzern (Paediatric Emergency Advisory Service) You can reach the Luzern Kansonsspital Kinderspital LUKS at 0900 554 774 (CHF 3.23/minute).
Paediatric Centre Clinique des Grangettes, Genève can be contacted at 022 305 05 55 and is open from 10 to 22 o’clock, seven days a week (no appointment necessary).
Service d’accueil et d’urgences pédiatriques SAUP (Paediatric Emergencies at Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève HUG is located at Avenue de la Roseraie 47 and can be contacted at 022 372 45 55 (no appointments necessary).
Urgences Pédiatriques à l’hôpital de Nyon (Children’s Emergency Department) is open for paediatric emergencies 24/7.
Urgences Pédiatriques à l’Hôpital de l’Enfance de Lausanne (Children’s Emergency Department) is open for paediatric emergencies 24/7. Contact 0848 133 133 for advice if you cannot reach your paediatrician.
Children’s Emergency Department at l’Hôpital Neuchâtelois has a paediatric hotline at 032 713 38 48.
Children’s Emergency Department at l’Hôpital du Valais has two paediatric accident and emergency numbers: Sion Paediatric Accident & Emergency at 027 603 41 60; Visp Paediatric Accident & Emergency at 027 970 33 33.
Tox-Zentrum (Poison Control Centre) is an advisory service. Call 145 from within Switzerland and +41 44 251 51 51 from abroad. In case of symptoms or impairment of consciousness, call an ambulance 112 or 144.
Safety Products & Services
FamilySafety Switzerland offers a unique selection of safety products for the family at home and on the way.
Excel Security Solutions offer “Life Skills” workshops on safety, awareness and self defence for children, adolescents, and adults, including gap year preparation and courses for girls and women.
“Healthy” Products & Services for Families
ergolino offers ergonomic products for children and active people.
Yum Yum produces, sells and delivers organic baby food, which is free of additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
Freefrom Supermarket is an online supermarket and sells organic allergen-free products. The website is available in English and German.
Good ID! sells fun and practical products for children and parents.
Maternity Consultancy supports parents with newborn care, sleep training, and more.
Hagelin Grief Recovery offers support and Life Crisis coaching. Karin also runs EFT Tapping workshops.
Family Services and Other Links
KiddieLand published a checklist for parents to help finding THEIR KiTa (Kindertagesstätte)/childcare. KiddieLand is a bilingual childcare provider in Zürich.
ch.ch is the online presence of the Swiss authorities and available in English. The link will take you directly to the very helpful and informational page regarding pregnancy and birth – everything you need to know about registering your newborn, health insurance and much more.
myNanny helps with the search for live-in nannies and provides qualified and affordable childcare.
Ms. Poppins is an English speaking Day Mother Service (Tagesmutter) in Erlenbach, ZH, with over 25 years experience.
Rockmybaby® Switzerland is a franchise of the international nanny and babysitting agency.
care 4 kids provides babysitters and nannies in the city of Zürich, the right , left and lower Lakeside and in Zürcher Unter- and Oberland, including emergency services.
quitt.ch provides the service to employ and register domestic help in accordance with legal requirements.
Driving & Swiss Driver’s License
bfu – Kinder im Auto is a brochure by the bfu with the regulations how children need to be secured in car seats in Switzerland.
Reiseziele – Travel Destinations The website of the Swiss Touring Club lists mandatory requirements for within the car when travelling abroad (German, French and Italian).
AA – European Driving Advice The website of British motoring association AA has great advice for travelling in Europe including a list of mandatory equipment in the most popular European countries.
Führerausweise provides general information about obtaining a driver’s license in Switzerland (not canton specific).
Umschrieb ausländischer Führerausweise Strassenverkehrsamt Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden gives information (in German) about converting a foreign license obtained during a stay abroad (exchange student- or university programme).
Umschrieb ausländischer Führerausweise Strassenverkehrsamt Kanton Baselland also gives information, in German only, about converting a foreign license obtained during a stay abroad (exchange student- or university programme).
Umschrieb ausländischer Führerausweise Strassenverkehrsamt Kanton Aargau is another road traffic department offering detailed advice, in German only, about converting a foreign license obtained during a stay abroad (exchange student- or university programme).
Der Schweizer Fahrlehrervergleich lets you search for driving instructors and driving schools by the services they provided, including an instructing language search option.
Schweizerischer Fahrlehrer Verband explains the different components of the application process and the steps to get your Swiss driver’s license. There is also information about the road awareness theory course (G, F)
Mannhard Fahrschule is a Swiss Driving School located in Oerlikon, Zurich offering the road awareness theory course as a private option at competitive prices in English, Italian, French and sign language.
Fahrschulz is a driving school located in Gattikon, Zurich offering practical lessons classes and theory classes in English (latter ones in an individual base). Contact Christian Schulz via his website.
Fahrschule Peter Berger offers car and motorbike lessons in the areas Dübendorf, Volketswil, Fällanden, Schwerzenbach, Effretikon and surroundings. Peter also offers the Verkehrskundeunterricht VKU (Road Awareness Lessons) in English on demand. You can contact Peter via his website.
Liste des Moniteurs de Conduite Vaudois lets you search for driving instructors and driving schools in canton Vaud.
Liste des Moniteurs de Conduite Genève lets you search for driving instructors and driving schools in Geneva.
écoles-de-conduite.ch also allows you to search for driving instructors and driving schools in Geneva and surroundings.
Road Traffic Authorities in Switzerland has links to all road traffic authorities in Switzerland.
2-Phasen.ch is a website with all information required to learn about the mandatory further education courses (WAB) required before converting a temporary license into a permanent license (German, French and Italian only)
TCS Suisse has information about the WAB courses (in French called Formation en deux phases) on their website.
Canton Geneva also has information about the course “formation en deux phases” on their website (French only).
Providers of WAB courses in English
Drivers Competence Centre DCC AG is located in Biel-Benken (courses offered in JU, AG, BS and BL) and offers the WAB courses in German, English and French. The website is German only.
Verkehrszentrum Tuggen AG is located in Tuggen, SZ (courses offered SZ and SG) and offers the WAB courses in German, English and Spanish. The website is German only.
AES Centre de Formation à la Conduite Sàrl is located in Geneva and offers the WAB courses in French, English and a number of other languages. The website is French only.
AGEC 2 PHASES Sàrl is located in Thonex (courses offered in GE) and offers the WAB courses in French and English and a number of other languages. The website is in English and French.
Health And Prevention
HealthyChildren.org is the official American Academy of Pediatrics website for parents.
Mr. Yuk™ is an educational and poison centre awareness icon by the Pittsburgh Poison Center.
Herzsicher AG has an interactive map to registered AED locations in Switzerland and worldwide.
British Heart Foundation
American Heart Association
Epilepsy Bereaved supports research about Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
Purple Day initiated March 26 as an annual and worldwide epilepsy awareness day.
Schweizerische Liga gegen Epilepsie (Swiss League against Epilepsy)