Family nurseries offer a high-quality alternative to group nurseries for very young children. Children enjoy an individual welcome and care in the home of a family nursery assistant while benefiting from group childcare at the family nursery.
Related administrative procedures
An online procedure enables you to enrol your child for a form of childcare.
Parents are invited to visit the BIPE offices located at 8 rue du Cendrier, Tuesdays from 8.30 a.m. to midday and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment via Agenda.ch. Families can also contact the Early Childhood Information Office via the hotline on 022 418 81 81, from 10 a.m. to midday, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, or by e-mail: @email.
A mixed service
A family nursery means children are welcomed into the warm, family environment of a nursery assistant’s home. The assistant can care for between 2 and 4 children at any one time.
Accompanied by their assistant, children also visits the family nursery play area one to three times a week to enjoy the advantages of group childcare. The time in the play area is organised and supervised by early childhood educators.
The family nursery organises and coordinates the children’s care, in particular if the assistant is absent. It handles administrative management and billing tasks. It also provides both the assistants and the family with pedagogical support in supervising the children as well as training courses.
A multi-disciplinary team
The family nursery assistants are part of a family nursery and a team of childcare professionals, under the authority of the Director and Deputy Director of a sector, comprising early childhood educators and socio-educational assistants.
Age of the children accepted
This form of childcare is available to children from the end of their mother’s maternity leave until they go to school.
The service is available Mondays to Fridays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The drop-off and pick-up times shall be agreed at registration and included in the childcare contract.
A typical week
It is possible to attend family nurseries on a full-time or part-time basis. The attendance rates of the two family nurseries are organised as follows:
- 5 days per week, full-day care
- 4 days, not including Wednesdays, full-day care
- Minimum 2 days per week, full-day care
- Rates for early childhood daycare centres
List of family nurseries
The family carers are authorised and inspected by the “Service d’autorisation de l’accueil de jour” (SASAJ – daycare authorisation service), which also conducts regular supervision visits. The carers are employed by the nurseries as family nursery assistants.
Training for assistants
The family nursery assistants attend regular continuing education courses provided by the nursery education teams and/or outside trainers. The aim of these courses is to make assistants aware of daily situations in a child’s life, for example:
- first aid techniques;
- child development;
- peer interactions.
Family nursery service
The family nursery organises, coordinates and welcomes the children and their families. It performs all administrative management tasks linked to billing and provides the assistants with pedagogical monitoring.
Accueil familial de jour (crèche familiale)
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Article modifié le 20.09.2023 à 09:59