BackSHARE Family Living in Europe | Day care, schooling & family related issues | Switzerland Here you will find everything you need to know when you take your family with you to Switzerland. Pregnancy and maternity As an employee you are entitled to a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave (98 days) beginning from the day of the birth. Children In Switzerland, children usually begin compulsory schooling at the age of six/seven. They often attend kindergarten two years before starting school. Schooling and education Since the Swiss educational system is organized in accordance with the federal political structure, each canton is responsible for its own education system.