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The Cerf-volant parents-children reception centre (Plainpalais)

The Cerf-volant reception centre is a meeting place and recreational centre for children of any age up to their 4th birthday. The children come with their parents or another adult who can receive guidance concerning their difficulties and questions.

Early childhood information office (Bureau d'information petite enfance - BIPE): you can complete your procedures and registrations online.
The BIPE emains at your disposal by email: @email and via a hotline: +41 22 418 81 81, from Monday to Friday (10 am to 12 pm).

The Cerf-volant is a centre dedicated to play and sharing intended for children up to the age of 4. In this reception centre open to all, children are accompanied by their parents or another adult who stays with them.

The visitors are welcomed by a trio of professionals, including a psychoanalyst. The centre is similar to the Maison Verte created by the psychoanalyst, Françoise Dolto.

Who is this centre intended for?

Children up to 4 years old can visit the centre accompanied by their parents or another adult.

There is no need to make an appointment. Attendance is anonymous and requires no administrative registration.

Opening times

The Cerf-volant is open: 

  • Mondays to Fridays from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.;
  • Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
  • Saturdays from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.


The financial contribution is left to the discretion of the user.

Children at the heart of the meeting place

At the Cerf-volant, the aim is to lend a sympathetic ear and offer acknowledgement. Children are treated as people in their own right who have earned their place at the table. The people accompanying them can meet each other, sharing information and creating ties. This centre serves as a forum for communication and sharing. The staff remain on hand, both for the children and the parents. By encouraging those present to express themselves, they play a discreet role, respecting the position that everyone involved desires.

“At the Cerf-volant, a child is not someone we talk about but someone we talk with.”

Further reading

“Accueillir parents et enfants, vingt ans de vie au Cerf-Volant”, by E. Bitton, D. Chatelain, M. L'Evêque and P. Willequet, Ed. Slatkine, Geneva, 2011, 184 p.

Le Cerf-volant

Boulevard Carl-VOGT 82
1205 Genève
Tél. + 41 22 329 58 90

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Article modifié le 27.10.2020 à 14:47