Childminding outside school periods

School and official holidays for the Canton of Geneva and the Canton of Vaud.

The Social Affairs Service has some agencies' brochures available for consultation purposes.

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 Household 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.

For more information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.

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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.

Centre de carrière 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.