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
Kinderärztliches Beratungstelefon am linken Zürisee (Paediatric Advisory Phone Service, left shore of lake Zürich) 0900 57 57 57 (CHF 3/min; 24/7)
swiss medi kids AG (Kinder Permanence) location in Zürich 043 343 00 00, daily 8 – 20 o’clock; Winterthur 052 511 10 10, daily 8 – 20 o’clock; Luzern 041 710 10 10, daily 12 – 20 o’clock, Wil SG 071 911 26 11, Monday-Friday, 8 – 12, 13 – 17 o’clock (by appointment only)
Children’s Emergency Department at l’Hôpital Neuchâtelois has a pediatric 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.
Fun Family Products
Good ID! sells fun and practical products for children and parents.
Maternity Consultancy supports parents with newborn care, sleep training, and more.
Karin Hagelin Life Crisis Coach offers grief counselling, life crisis and stress management coaching. Karin also runs EFT Tapping workshops
Nurture Hub provides support and advice to international families through workshops, consultancy and classes for young children in Lucerne, Zug and Zurich. They also offer a mums’ mentoring programme.
Rockmybaby® Switzerland is a franchise of the international nanny and babysitting agency providing Nannies, AuPairs, Housekeepers and Babysitters to families across Switzerland.
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.
care 4 kidsprovides babysitters and nannies in the city of Zürich, the right , left and lower Lakeside and in Zürcher Unter- and Oberland, including emergency services.
Driving & Swiss Driver’s License
bfu – Kinder im Auto is a page by the bfu (Swiss Council for Accident Prevention) with the regulations and recommendations how children need to be secured in car seats in Switzerland.
Führerausweise provides general information about obtaining a driver’s license in Switzerland (not canton specific).
Der Schweizer Fahrlehrervergleich lets you search for driving instructors and driving schools by the services they provided, including an instructing language search option.
Verkehrstheorie-Schule Oerlikon offers the mandatory “Verkehrskunde-Unterricht” (traffic awareness or traffic or danger sensitisation course) in English in Oerlikon, Zürich.
Fahrschule Müller also offers the mandatory “Verkehrskunde-Unterricht” (traffic awareness or traffic or danger sensitisation course) in English in Oerlikon, Zürich.
L-Studio Bern offers the mandatory “Verkehrskunde-Unterricht” (traffic awareness or traffic or danger sensitisation course) in English on demand in Bern.
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).
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.
Providers of WAB courses in English
Verkehrszentrum Tuggen AG is located in Tuggen, SZ (courses offered SZ and SG) and offers the WAB courses in German and English.
2PA by DRIVESWISS is in Wohlen, AG and offers the course in English and German.