English classes for children

Children reading in the library at ELA Basel

is your child in a Swiss school? Do you want to improve their English reading and writing skills?

Why ELA Basel?

ELA Basel is an independent, not-for-profit organisation located in Basel, Switzerland. We are committed to providing high quality childcare and education appropriate for young children from the age of 3 months to the end of Primary School at 12 years old.

We have 30 years of experience teaching young children. Our staff are:

  • highly qualified,
  • native English speakers and
  • highly experienced in teaching children who speak multiple languages, come from several different backgrounds and have individual learning styles. 
ELA Basel children playing in the garden

Enrich your child's linguistic journey with our tailored English Phonics classes – where learning meets fun!

Meet the Teacher

My name is Elizabeth Hatton and I am a Year 1 teacher at ELA Basel.

I am a fully qualified teacher with my PGCE gained through the UK, I have a Psychology degree and a background in children's language development. 

As a class teacher at ELA Basel, I have taught children from the age of four through to seven.  In addition, I have further experience working with children throughout the primary age range.   I have worked at ELA Basel for eight years and am responsible for the school's phonics programme which we use to teach reading and writing skills. 

I have now lived in Switzerland for twelve years and have two children who have completed the majority of their education within the Swiss system.  Having my own children in the local school has made me realise how important it is to ensure the development of their English reading and writing alongside their other language skills.  This has given me an incentive to provide this opportunity for other children from the Basel community.

The English class at a glance.

Our English Phonics class is designed for children attending Swiss schools with English-speaking parents or an English-speaking parent. Additionally, children who have previously attended an English-speaking school are eligible. The class caters to children between the ages of 5 and 9.

There is a maximum of 15 spaces available, reserve your space now!!

ELA Basel children playing in the garden

Stay with us for the entire afternoon on Wednesdays.

Extend your child's learning adventure by enrolling them in our optional extracurricular activities. 

Would you like to find out more about ELA Basel?


Primary years children working together in the classroom

Arrange a personal tour or book a video meeting with the Head of Primary or Early Years. 

Virtual Tour

We look forward to seeing you in person, in the meantime take a virtual tour of our school.


Primary student working on the smart board

We look forward to receiving your application to ELA Basel.