Childcare (from 0 to 6 years)

Different childcare possibilities exist both in France and in Switzerland according to the age of the child, the frequency of need for childcare, and the way the care is organized.

CERN offers certain solutions on its own premises and has an agreement with two crèches nearby.


Location Age
0–1 1–2 2–3 3–4 4–5 5–6 6–7


Creche and School of the CERN Staff Association


Agreements with:


CWC Toddler Group


0–1 1–2 2–3 3–4 4–5 5–6 6–7

Nurseries (Crèches)


Primary Education (Ecole élémentaire)


Pre-elementary school*** (Ecole maternelle) - Obligatory schooling as of 3 years old.

Daycare Centre (Haltes garderies)

Child Minders (Assistantes maternelles)

Care at home


0–1 1–2 2–3 3–4 4–5 5–6 6–7

Primary School* (Ecole primaire Obligatory schooling)


Kindergarten (Jardins d’enfants)


Daycare Centres** (Garderies)

Child minder (mamans de jour)

*Compulsory schooling starts at the age of 4.  Any child entering obligatory schooling in Geneva must have turned 4 on or before the 31st July (1P).

**Some Day Care Centres can welcome children from 1 to 5.

*** From the age of 2 and subject to availability in the 1st day of the start of the school year.

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Updated on: 22/02/2019