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Daycare Blog

BébéBizvFLast year, mompreneur Delphine Stent Torriani got her location, paperwork, and staffing together and was able to open up a new daycare, or crèche, in Mies.

Her goal was to open a facility that could cater to both the Swiss and international communities in the Geneva>La Côte region.  So as to have the experience and expertise of an established business, she opened it as part of the Bébébiz’ SA group, which operates fifteen separate daycare centers in France.  The first in Geneva, Bebebiz’ Mies is located in a newly converted, bright and airy space, measuring 500m2, conveniently located on Route de Suisse just outside Versoix, a short drive or train journey from Geneva and also close to Coppet and other towns in Vaud — an all-around convenient location for parents commuting into Geneva.

The creche has been open for just over a year now, having celebrated its first anniversary at the end if April.  Inside the facilities feature large hand-painted murals with inspirational themes, themes which were chosen specifically to awaken the creativity of the children.  The space can accept up to fourty-four babies, toddlers and preschoolers: 24 babies & toddlers (4 months to 2 1/2 years), and 20 more between 2 1/2 – 5 (up to the start of primary school).

Delphine has this to say about Bebebiz:

”At Bébébiz we recognize that no two children are the same. We offer a personalized service that matches the rhythm of the individual baby/child. Within a broad framework of activities, that includes free play as well as communal games,  meals and naps are scheduled to fit in with individual needs.  We are also able to easily accommodate breastfeeding mothers.

“Our highly trained staff have the experience to recognize the key signs for each child, and respond accordingly to their specific requirements. We also have a purpose-built room, dedicated to siestas, so when the children are ready for their naps, they can be sure of having the right space for a good sleep.”

With the working hours of many parents in Geneva and Vaud, Bébébiz has also decided to take a flexible approach to timings and offers five different drop-off/pick-up options, which can be adapted to each family’s personal requirements. Full-time working parents, for instance, have the option of leaving their child for a whole day between the hours of 7h00 and 18h30, whilst parents needing only part-time options can leave their child(ren) for the morning with lunch, morning with lunch and nap, afternoon with nap, or afternoon only.

LGH_logo_NEWAlso in Vaud, with locations in Gland and Tolochenaz (near Morges) there is the Little Green House.  LGH operates in English, German and French so also caters to both the Swiss and the International communities.  As “green” suggests, outdoor play is a huge part of the LGH concept, in fact after its trilingualism “Nature & Health” and “Flexibility” are its guiding principles.  In addition to being open from 7:00-18:30, they also offer extended care services until 21:00 and for those families where both parents travel for work, and must travel at the same time, overnight care is a service that is being considered.

 

The fundamental principles of LGH are

  • Respect for one another;
  • Make sure to take time to exchange information, clarify conflicts or define common goals;
  • Group motivation!

These two daycare options both come highly recommended by Parents Club Members, so if you are looking for an out-of-home option for your young children, these two are worth checking out.  Contact Delphine and her team in Mies or Barbara and team in Gland/Tolochenaz to arrange a visit and to discuss your situation.

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Not sure about daycare and prefer in-home help?  Try Rockmybaby Childcare to discuss in-home options.   And remember to read our blogs on childcare options to help you figure out which type of childcare is best for your family.


Rights of Breastfeeding Mothers in the Workplace

breastfeeding_symbolToday, 30 April 2014, the Swiss Federal Counsel adopted a revision to the Ordonnance 1 relative à la loi sur le travail (labour law Ordinance 1).  This amendment was introduced so that they could ratify the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 183 on maternity protection which they also did today.

The amendement and ratification establishes the principle of compensation for time spent breastfeeding.   What this means is that, within certain limits, this time is considered as part of a mother’s paid working day.   The full amendment reads (unofficial translation):

Breastfeeding mothers are entitled to time during the working day to breastfeed or express their milk. During the first year of the child’s life, the time taken to breastfeed or express milk is counted as paid working time with the following limitations:

  • For a work day of at least 4 hours, 30 minutes minimum;
  • For a work day longer than 4 hours, 60 minutes minimum;
  • For a work day of more than 7 hours,  90 minutes minimum.

The revision will come into force on 1 June 2014.

For more information on the rights of breastfeeding mothers in the workplace or for assistance making breastfeeding and working happen, please consult:

If you are returning to work soon and want to talk about your options to make it work, feel free to call for a consultation.