Many thanks for your interest in the International School of Lausanne.

You have the options below to contact or be contacted by the school. Alternatively, you are welcome to call us on +41 21 560 02 02. The best time to call is between 10.00 and 15.00 from Monday to Friday.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any question that is not answered below, please do not hesitate to send us an email.

What are the school hours for the Early Childhood (EC)?

You can drop-off your child between 08:15 and 08:30. Reception 3 finishes at 12:00 if children are attending mornings only. The school day ends at 15:30 for Reception 4 and Reception 3 students who are attending the afternoon session.

After-school supervision is available through our After-School Care (ASC) programme, which runs in sessions from 15:40 to 16:50 and from 16:50 to 18:00. Additional information regarding the ASC can be found here.

Does my child need a snack and a lunch?

All EC students will have lunch with their classmates. Students may bring a packed lunch or register for a hot lunch through our cafeteria.

EC classes operate a morning snack system whereby parents supply a snack for the whole class on a rota basis.

Why is the cost for the Reception 3 morning session more expensive than the afternoon session?

There is a difference in cost because the children have two outside play times and a nap in the afternoon. However, there are still structured learning experiences in the afternoon, as well as three specialist lessons.

What are specialist lessons?

Specialist lessons are taught by someone other than the homeroom teacher. In the EC, the children will have an opportunity to have the following specialist lessons:

  • music twice a week
  • physical education twice a week
  • library once a week
  • French

When do the specialist lessons occur for Reception 3?

Three specialist lessons will occur during the morning sessions, and three will occur during the optional afternoon sessions.

What do I need to do if I want my child to start attending the afternoon session in Reception 3?

You will need to complete an online form to register for one or more afternoon sessions. The form will have to be submitted before the 15th of the month for the following month. Please note that the number of afternoons can be increased, but not reduced.

How does the drop-off and pickup work at ISL?

In order to ensure that our youngest learners are safe, we require a hand-to-hand morning drop-off and afternoon pickup. Once you are enrolled, you will receive an EC card that you can display on the windscreen of your car. This will allow you to park in the EC parking area before and after school so that you can walk up to your child’s classroom.

What language will the teachers speak in class?

Many of our teachers speak a variety of languages, and they may use those languages to help with the initial transition. However, for the majority of the day, children will be taught in English. French will also be regularly used within the classroom.

Parents are often worried that their child does not speak English when starting at ISL. This is certainly not a problem for our EC students, as play is the common language in the classroom. It is not uncommon to see three students playing together where each is talking in a different language while happily sharing the same area.

If English is not your home language, we do ask that you leave the English instruction to us, and please keep speaking your home language at home. As research shows, students benefit from having a strong home language when learning additional languages.

Will my child have an opportunity to learn French?

Yes. Our EC French teacher is a qualified and experienced early childhood educator. She will be working with all the EC classes through a combination of team teaching, working with small groups, or working with the whole class. The French teacher will always be modelling the French language when working with the students, and the students will be able to learn concepts that are introduced in the curriculum in both languages. Each class will have at least seven hours of French integration per week.

Do the children go outside to play?

Absolutely. Interacting with the natural world and getting some time to play/ explore outside is an integral part of the programme. We ask that the students keep their wet weather and snow clothing at school in the winter. On average, the students will have three different outside play times each day.

How can I learn more about the curriculum in EC and the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at ISL?

We will organize multiple opportunities for you to learn more about our teaching and learning. This will often be done through morning curriculum workshops. After the workshops, you will have the opportunity to interact with your child in the classroom and observe how these practices are put into place.

Our Primary Years Programme Coordinator will also hosts a number of school-wide information sessions for parents throughout the year. These will be advertised in the weekly school Newsletter.

What types of supplies will my child need if they attend ISL?

Here are copies of the equipment list for Reception 3 and Reception 4. If you are unsure of where to purchase all the items on the list, please do not worry about arriving on the first day with everything. The teachers will be happy to show you examples of what is required and give you some suggestions on where you can buy the different items.

What are the class sizes in the EC?

Each classroom has a full-time homeroom teacher and a full-time teaching assistant. We have a ratio of 1 adult to 9 children.

How do I get in touch with my child’s homeroom teacher?

As you can probably imagine, the teachers are busy working with your children throughout the day; however, they are always available to contact through email. If there is an emergency, you can call the school reception (+41 21 560 02 02) and the receptionists will ensure that your message is passed onto the teachers.

Teachers and parents can also take advantage of the morning drop-off and afternoon pickup times to touch base about a child’s progress and share any changes in the routine.

How will I know what is happening in the classroom?

Teachers will communicate the learning activities and upcoming events through a variety of methods. The display boards around the EC are used to communicate the learning journeys that the students are experiencing in the classrooms and are a great way to see how the curriculum is designed around the children’s interests.

The homeroom teachers will also update a classroom blog on a regular basis. This blog will be where the teachers share pictures of the different activities that are occurring and information about upcoming events.

Important information or events will also be published in our weekly Newsletter.

Is it possible to visit the school before applying?

Yes, and we encourage you to come and visit our EC so that you can see the learning environment in action.

Will my child have access to the library?

The EC students will have one scheduled library lesson each week. This will be an opportunity for them to enjoy literature through story time, as well as check out books to take home for the week. The library is open before and after school, and families are welcome to come and enjoy the library environment during this time and change their books on a regular basis.

As parent, you may also register and get a family card for the library. This will allow you to check out additional books, either for you or for your children.

Do you organise transportation to and from ISL?

An outsourced bus system is available from the age of 6.

How will ISL manage the risks of my child’s allergies?

We have a full time nurse available. Upon acceptance, you will be required to complete a medical form.

John Holmes
EC Coordinator
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