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Family daycare (family nursery)

Family nurseries provide an alternative form of childcare compared to collective nurseries. They provide childcare from the end of the mother’s maternity leave until school age in the home of a family nursery assistant while ensuring communal time.

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.

Childcare both in the home of a nursery assistant and at the nursery

A family nursery means your child is 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, your child also visits the family nursery play area two or 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.

Age of the children accepted

This form of childcare is available to children from the end of their mother’s maternity leave until they reach the age for going to school.

Opening times

The service is available Mondays to Fridays between 7.30 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 total number of hours must nevertheless not be below 20 hours or exceed 50 hours per week. The frequency of attendance depends on the availabilities of the family nursery assistants. It is organised as follows:

  • 100%: all day;
  • 75%: mornings with lunch and nap;
  • 50%: mornings with lunch;
  • 45%: half-day without lunch.


  • Rates for early childhood daycare centres

Responsible supervision

The assistants are recruited by the nursery committee after completing interviews and training courses. They can take care of two to four children in their home. The authorisation to provide childcare and the number of children accepted are determined by the SASAJ.

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;
  • diet;
  • child behaviour.

Family nursery service

The family nursery is responsible for organising and coordinating the care of your child. It performs all administrative management tasks linked to billing and provides the assistants with pedagogical monitoring.


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Article modifié le 20.05.2020 à 14:14