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The Halte-jeux is an occasional childcare centre for all children from 15 months to school age. This type of childcare is primarily intended for parents who do not need permanent day care for their children.

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.

un groupe d'enfants jouent autour d'une table

The Halte-jeux is primarily intended for parents who do not need permanent day care for their children. It is an occasional day care solution.

Age of the children accepted 

Children between 15 months and school age are welcome to visit the Halte-jeux.

Opening times

The Halte-jeux is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.


Children can stay at the Halte-jeux for a period of 3 hours. Attendance is limited to 3 days per week. It is reserved for children living in the City of Geneva.


At the Halte-jeux, a one-hour stay is billed CHF 4, with a charge of CHF 2 per half-hour. A subscription for 10 hours is available at a cost of CHF 40.

Educational activities

During opening hours, the educators organise a wide range of educational activities adapted to the age of each child. These different activities are designed to encourage the healthy development of the children present. Here are a few examples:

  • creative activities;
  • musical activities;
  • movement activities;
  • meetings (fun stimulation events, songs, stories, etc.);
  • free play.

Meals or snacks

The Halte-jeux provides no meals. Parents can nevertheless bring lunch for their children.

Period of adaptation

Adaptation is a period of integration implemented in collaboration with the parents. It is a fundamental step which serves to reassure children by gradually ensuring they become accustomed to separation and creating a mutual relation of trust. The duration of this period shall be defined according to the child’s needs.

Halte-jeux La Madeleine des Enfants

Rue de la Madeleine 16
1204 Genève
Tél. +41 22 310 15 37

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Article modifié le 20.05.2020 à 14:14