ylaa is at the Expat-Expo!


On Sunday, 29.01.2023, ylaa will present itself at the Expat-Expo at the Congress Center at Messe Basel.
But what exactly is the Expat Expo? Here is an excerpt from the official website:

“Expat-Expo is a one-day, admission-free event for the English-speaking residents of Switzerland. Our event gathers various local, English-speaking businesses, organisations, museums, clubs and service providers together, under one roof to showcase their goods and services. Integrating into a new country can be a daunting process and Expat Expo is designed to help the Anglophone community feel quickly at home here. Expat-Expo contributes greatly to the successful integration of newly arrived families and veteran expats alike and reduces the stresses of integration.”

We also want to make our contribution to making expats feel at home in Switzerland more quickly by finding a place where they can entrust their children to our pedagogically valuable child care.

Come and visit us at our table number 68 right next to the bouncy castle.

We are already looking forward to seeing you.

Myki workshop goes into second round


After the first successful Myki workshop in the fall of 2022, a second one followed recently.

With the aim of integrating Myki even more into our pedagogical work and to enchant the children with his play, the artist Urs Auckenthaler took us on a journey. He taught us how to bring Myki to “life” and how to practise with him in a variety of ways.
Additionally, Urs Auckenthaler taught us magic tricks that for sure will also delight our children.

We are already looking forward to further successful workshops and thank all participants for their motivation and participation.

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kidéal celebrates 15 years


A slightly different year at kidéal Kitas

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of kidéal ag (ownership of the child care centres Chinderstern and ylaa as well as the school complementary centres Tagesstern), we have planned several exciting activities.

As a kick-off, Renato Zanetti, the CEO of kidéal, will visit all 18 institutions in the first quarter of the year and bring a small gift to each location. This gift will accompany the care team, as well as their children, throughout the anniversary year and make them part of the festivities.

Of course, there will be one or two further surprises, but we do not want to reveal everything at this point.
Thank you for your trust in us. We are happy to care for your child in this exciting and eventful year.

First aid courses 2022


The annual first aid courses took place this year in november 2022 again. Over two days, our staff learned how to deal with emergencies involving children and adults. They learned more about self-protection, alerting, survival chain, first aid in case of illness and first aid in case of accidents. There was a lot of learning, training and laughing and valuable knowledge was exchanged. It is important to us that our staff feel safe in case of an emergency and that the children are well protected in our child care centers and school complementary centers.

Pictures with sensory boxes


We are in the heart of autumn season and sensory autumn bins could not been missing from our activities. These bins provide children the opportunity to explore and learn through hands that engages theis senses. Pumpkins, leaves, millet, trucks, spoons are making the children enjoying it lots.

“Mathis Hof” – the farm you can touch


Every year, the “Mathis Hof” is a highlight for the children in autumn.
We visited the pumpkin market with the children and they were allowed to inspect over 250 pumpkin varieties.
With pumpkins you can bake and cook, do crafts for Halloween and cognitive activities. There were different sizes, shapes and colors, which fascinated the children very much.

Many thanks to the nice staff of the “Mathis Hof”.



We are happy that Orienga Guldimann will continue to work at ylaa Bruderholz as a co-educator after successfully completing his apprenticeship.

His motivation to stay in the company was: “I want to implement what I learned during my apprenticeship and prove/show what I can do.”

We are looking forward to further cooperation.


Charity Event


Every Summer we are all looking forward to our Charity Event, an event where the ylaa Bruderholz staff, parents and children come together and enjoy the weather, good food and have fun. Also this year, the ylaa staff organized many fun activities and workshops such as yoga, tattoos, craft stress balls, waffle and burger station, ice painting and a movement parkour. Each year, parents are able to buy tickets for the activities, and the money that is raised will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages. This year we are proud we raised over CHF 500.-.

A big thanks to all the parents of ylaa Bruderholz for being so generous!

We say goodbye


This time of the year we have to say goodbye to some of our kids leaving to go to the kindergarten or to the primary school. Most children have been with us since they were a baby. Taking the next step can be very exciting but also sometimes scary or sad, an emotional rollercoaster. To prepare the children for this goodbye, we start talking about it weeks in advance and the children are able to choose their favorite things to do, for example: bake their favorite zvieri, go on their favorite trip. The Koala Bears made a special school bus poster where the children count down their days at ylaa.

On the last day we all join in a circle time and sing their favorite songs. The children receive their portfolio to take home including all their artwork and development steps they collected along the years at ylaa.

We wish all our leaving children a lot of fun in the new school or kindergarten! We are happy and thankful we were able to guide them along their first years and will miss them very much!

Sustainability market FAIR TRADE TOWN BASEL


Ylaa attaches great importance to healthy and balanced nutrition, regional, seasonal and whenever possible organic and Fairtrade. Even children can learn what sustainability means and are actively involved in all activities related to food in our everyday lives.

We are very pleased to have participated in the first sustainability market FAIR TRADE TOWN BASEL in the Markthalle Basel on Saturday, 14.05.2022. We could give the visitors the opportunity to get to know our philosophy, our values and our concept.

We are convinced that we as an institution and child care centers in general, can make a great contribution to sensitizing children and thus also parents to topics such as sustainability and Fairtrade by integrating this philosophy into everyday care.

Big thanks to the organizer. It was a successful and exciting day for us.