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Just wondered if anyone can help on finding child care in Geneva - specifically champel area.  we have signed up for the creches - i am due in may and will be returning to work in october and need full time care from then onwards.  I am not holding out much hope for getting a spot in creche so looking for help/hints on nannies/ maman du jours in champel or surrounding areas?  i have heard lots of stories of nannies but most have no permits.  all help or suggestions gratefully received!
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Just wondered if anyone can help on finding child care in Geneva - specifically champel area.  we have signed up for the creches - i am due in may and will be returning to work in october and need full time care from then onwards.  I am not holding out much hope for getting a spot in creche so looking for help/hints on nannies/ maman du jours in champel or surrounding areas?  i have heard lots of stories of nannies but most have no permits.  all help or suggestions gratefully received!
Jules1Apr 28, 08 23:09
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welcome to Geneva :); we have gone through all this:

  1. official: inscription at BIPE http://www.ville-ge.ch/dpt5/enfance/bipe_f.php
  2. private: there is a number of private creche, garderie, ...in Champel area, just look in the internet under private schools geneva - however the price is of course more expensive
  3. a lot of organizations organize day care (http://www.geneve-enfants.ch/presse.html; http://www.genevefamille.ch/qsPortal/Home.asp?N=61455; ..)
  4. a good explanation can be found here as well: http://www.cagi.ch/en/Creches_Garderies_Mamans_jour_Vaud.htm
  5. Finally - nanny; you can get anything from illegal over refugee to legally integrated in Switzerland just look at the adds in local newspapers. If you go for this solution better consider to register at http://www.cheques-emploi.ch/ in order to be covered against accidents and illegal employment.
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welcome to Geneva :); we have gone through all this:

  1. official: inscription at BIPE http://www.ville-ge.ch/dpt5/enfance/bipe_f.php
  2. private: there is a number of private creche, garderie, ...in Champel area, just look in the internet under private schools geneva - however the price is of course more expensive
  3. a lot of organizations organize day care (http://www.geneve-enfants.ch/presse.html; http://www.genevefamille.ch/qsPortal/Home.asp?N=61455; ..)
  4. a good explanation can be found here as well: http://www.cagi.ch/en/Creches_Garderies_Mamans_jour_Vaud.htm
  5. Finally - nanny; you can get anything from illegal over refugee to legally integrated in Switzerland just look at the adds in local newspapers. If you go for this solution better consider to register at http://www.cheques-emploi.ch/ in order to be covered against accidents and illegal employment.

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thanks very much for all the useful info! lots to look at!

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thanks very much for all the useful info! lots to look at!


Jules1, Apr 29, 08 22:38

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Hi

Surprise surprise i didnt get a place in a creche, so i am now struggling to find something/someone to look after my 6month old, i live in Carouge does anyone know anything that will help me ?

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Surprise surprise i didnt get a place in a creche, so i am now struggling to find something/someone to look after my 6month old, i live in Carouge does anyone know anything that will help me ?
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So did you have any luck finding anything? i have until september to find full time care!

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So did you have any luck finding anything? i have until september to find full time care!


Jules1, May 26, 08 15:31

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No nothing, i want to find someone who knows someone. Have heard of Mama du Jour ? going to apply for that see what happens.
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No nothing, i want to find someone who knows someone. Have heard of Mama du Jour ? going to apply for that see what happens.
Sonia123, May 26, 08 15:47
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i have 2 numbers to try for manan du jours but when i phoned before my daughter was born they said as usual that there is a huge shortage of people on this side of the river!  but going to call them again now my daughter is finally here and see what i can find!

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i have 2 numbers to try for manan du jours but when i phoned before my daughter was born they said as usual that there is a huge shortage of people on this side of the river!  but going to call them again now my daughter is finally here and see what i can find!


Jules1, May 26, 08 15:51

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This place is a joke re:child care...............Anyway, good luck.
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This place is a joke re:child care...............Anyway, good luck.
Sonia123, May 26, 08 15:54
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IceBear gave you the maximum of informations to Geneva, it is a real problem for everybody, however,if you or your husband work for a big  company or organisation, it would be to ask at human resources Dpt to help you, certains organisations have a deal with Crèche.

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IceBear gave you the maximum of informations to Geneva, it is a real problem for everybody, however,if you or your husband work for a big  company or organisation, it would be to ask at human resources Dpt to help you, certains organisations have a deal with Crèche.
Lolita, May 26, 08 17:17

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Have you tried placing an advert on WRS or the kiddie club site for a maman de jour/nanny. Alternatively there are always adverts on there for nannies e.t.c. Also take a look at the market place on this site under jobs as people sometimes advertise there. Good luck
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Have you tried placing an advert on WRS or the kiddie club site for a maman de jour/nanny. Alternatively there are always adverts on there for nannies e.t.c. Also take a look at the market place on this site under jobs as people sometimes advertise there. Good luck
pazzer, May 26, 08 20:39
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You can also try www.greataupair.com if you want to find a nanny or au apair :)



Good luck!
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Aga24, May 26, 08 22:09
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most English-speaking nannies advertise on www.kiddieclub.ch or on the wrs site. You can place an advert too -- you'll receive lots of return calls. You can also advertise in the local papers and seek advertisements by nannies there. Otherwise there are also au pair and nanny agencies (google nannies and geneva). Best is to continue asking around until you finally bump into someone that has a recommendation. Until September you have plenty of time, so don't worry! 
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most English-speaking nannies advertise on www.kiddieclub.ch or on the wrs site. You can place an advert too -- you'll receive lots of return calls. You can also advertise in the local papers and seek advertisements by nannies there. Otherwise there are also au pair and nanny agencies (google nannies and geneva). Best is to continue asking around until you finally bump into someone that has a recommendation. Until September you have plenty of time, so don't worry! 
asafber, May 27, 08 12:12
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Thanks for the great list of child care options. 


I am trying to register for a childcare place on the official inscription at BIPE http://www.ville-ge.ch/dpt5/enfance/bipe_f.php where we pay a % of our income.


 Unfortunately my French is not good enough to understand the link.  How exactly do I register? Are there any rules about when you can register (I am not pregnant but heard the earlier the better for signing up)

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Thanks for the great list of child care options. 


I am trying to register for a childcare place on the official inscription at BIPE http://www.ville-ge.ch/dpt5/enfance/bipe_f.php where we pay a % of our income.


 Unfortunately my French is not good enough to understand the link.  How exactly do I register? Are there any rules about when you can register (I am not pregnant but heard the earlier the better for signing up)


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