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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.

Re-opening of the Cerf-Volant activity centre on Monday 2 June. In order to comply with the health and protective measures in force, access will exceptionally require prior registration by telephone for one of the time slots defined (2 slots of 1 hour 30 per half day) so as to limit the number of people (children and adults) present at any one time. Furthermore, provisions have been made to ensure the systematic cleaning and disinfection of the equipment and premises at regular intervals throughout the day, between the time slots open to the public and at the end of the day when the centre closes. Hydro-alcoholic gel is available and visitors are advised to wash their hands on arrival, when leaving and whenever necessary when present on site.

From Monday 27 April, the nurseries subsidised by the City of Geneva will expand their minimum care service that has been in place since 16 March 2020. The City recommends that families call the facility which would normally take care of their child in order to check if there is space for him/her. This change in the care service provided is subject to the current health criteria as well as strict supervision standards. More information

A telephone hotline is in place to provide you with information from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 12:00, tel. 022 418 81 81.

During the summer period, the Cerf-Volant is open from 2 July to 24 August 2018, on Mondays and Thursdays from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

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 14.07.2020 à 10:31