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
Paediatric Advisory Phone University Hospital Zürich (Beratungstelefon für Kinder- und Jugendnotfälle): Landline and mobile phones with a contract: 0900 26 67 11 (3.23 CHF/min; 24/7)
Prepaid phones: 0900 26 67 12 (3.12 CHF/min; 24/7)
Kindernotfall (Paediatric Emergency) Triemli offers a paediatric emergency service under the number 044 466 24 12.
Kinderärztliches Beratungstelefon am linken Zürisee (Paediatric Advisory Phone Service, left shore of lake Zürich): 0900 57 57 57 (CHF 3/min; 24/7)
Kindernotfalldienst Pfannenstiel (Paediatric Emergency Medical Services, right shore of Lake Zürich) 0900 900 200 (CHF 2/min; CHF 2/min; daily 8 – 22 o’clock)
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)
Kindernotfall (Paediatric Emergency) University Hospital Basel 0900 712 712 (CHF 3.23/min).
Kinderärztliches Beratungstelefon am Kinderspital Luzern (Paediatric Emergency Advisory Service) Luzern Kantonsspital Kinderspital LUKS 0900 554 774 (CHF 3.23/min).
Paediatric Centre Clinique des Grangettes, Genève 022 305 05 55, daily 10 – 22 o’clock.
Service d’accueil et d’urgences pédiatriques SAUP (Paediatric Emergencies at Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève HUG Avenue de la Roseraie 47; 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 serious 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.
Nutrition A-Z was founded by Sandra Mikhail, who holds a bachelor in nutrition & dietetics and a Master degree by the ETH, Zürich. She is your go-to person for all nutrition-related advice and can refer you to specialists when necessary.
Family Support & Counselling
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.
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 find THEIR KiTa (Kindertagesstätte)/childcare. KiddieLand is a bilingual childcare provider in Zürich.
Ms. Poppins is an English speaking Day Mother Service (Tagesmutter) in Erlenbach, ZH, with over 25 years experience.
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 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.
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).
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 has information, 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.
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.
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 (French, Italian, German).
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
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.
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.