Childminding outside school periods

Day care for schoolchildren

Recreation centres in France generally cater for children aged between 3-14 years depending on the commune/district.

These centres provide artistic, cultural, sports and outdoor activities for children during the week:

  • before and after classes
  • on Wednesdays
  • during school holidays

The cost of these activities is dependent on income.
It is not necessary to live in the commune in order to enrol your child.
Registration is done directly with the head of the Recreation centre.

List of recreation centres in the Pays de Gex area. Check also with your local town hall.


Holiday camps and language courses abroad

  • List of some agencies that provide recreational facilities during the school holidays.
  • List of organizations that organize language courses abroad.

"Stagiaire aide familial étranger" and "jeune au pair" 

A "stagiaire aide familial étranger et jeune au pair" is aged between 17 and 30 and lives with a francophone family in a cultural setting in order to perfect their language skills.  The "stagiaire aide familial étranger et jeune au pair" must enrol in a French course and receives lodging and pocket money in return for looking after the children and doing household chores.  The maximum working time allowed is 25 hours per week.

Hosting an EU "stagiaire aide familial étranger" gives rise to a written agreement between the "stagiaire aide familial étranger" and the host family established by means of a form called "accord de placement au pair d'un stagiaire aide familial"

It should be noted that for non-EU "jeune au pair", an agreement must be established between the "jeune au pair" and the host family by means of a form called "convention conclue entre le jeune au pair et la famille d'accueil".

The host family must also declare the person to both the Social Security and the URSSAF.

The Social Affairs Team can also be contacted for assistance.


Baby-sitters

In France, there is no network that offers lists of baby-sitters. Generally, parents use the services of older children around them (friends, neighbours...) who want to earn some pocket money.   

Alternatively, ads can be found in the local newspapers or on CERN Marketplace.

Day care for schoolchildren

Canton of Geneva

The canton of Geneva has a large network of community and recreation centres which are continuously developing youth activities as well as activities for all residents.

The Recreation Department's Youth Office organizes activities for children between the age of 4 and 16 on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and also runs activities during the Swiss school holidays.
The activities available range from cultural to sportive activities.

Organizations that offer recreational services during the Swiss holidays are listed here.


Holiday camps and language courses abroad

  • List of some agencies that provide recreational facilities during the school holidays.
  • List of organizations that organize language courses abroad.

"Jeune au pair"

A young au pair lives with a francophone family in a cultural setting in order to perfect their language skills.  The au pair must enroll in a French course and receives lodging and pocket money in return carries out child minding and household chores.  A young au pair is allowed to work a maximum of 30 hours per week.

An au pair is aged between 18 and 30.  He/she can be a foreigner or Swiss as long as his/her mother tongue is not French.

For more information, we invite you to consult the following websites:


Private Employee in Switzerland

By virtue of the agreements concluded by the Organization and its Member States, including Switzerland, staff members enjoy privileges and immunities. These are accorded solely in the interest of the Organization and not in their own interest.

Through these agreements, members of the CERN personnel have particular privileges and immunities under the Vienna Conventions of 1961 and 1963. As such, they have the option of having the services of a private employee at their disposal.

The application process for appointment of an employee are made with the Social Affairs Service.

Please note that only staff holders of legitimation cards "B", "C", "D" have this privilege.

Please see the link for more information about engaging the services of a private employee

For more information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.


Baby-sitters

Canton of Geneva

The Chaperon Rouge agency has a list of baby-sitters who provide evening and weekend services.  All persons registered are over the age of 16 and have been trained by the Red Cross in Geneva.

Priorité Enfants is a specialist recruitment agency offering a range of services to meet the needs of families, ranging from full-time/part-time home care and babysitting.

Uni-emploi helps connect students from the University of Geneva with individuals through its services online.  An annual fee of CHF 30 will be required for access to this service. The University also suggests the amount to pay for various baby-sitting services.

You can contact the childcare information centre which organises day care in your commune of residence.  They may also provide a baby-sitting service.

Canton of Vaud
Updated on: 04/07/2019