Category Archives : Childcare


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.


Village Camps – Summer for Kids

Village Camps logo small   It’s hard to believe that the February holidays are over and that it’s now time to start thinking about Spring and Summer.   But it is.   What is out there for our kids this Spring and Summer?

One organisation that has been around for awhile and has been recommended to me by many parents that have crossed my path is Village Camps.   This is why I have accepted Village Camps as a sponsor and why I am writing this blog: to let you know about this year’s offerings.  I spoke to Alexandre about Village Camps earlier this year.

 

IMG_2157So, what is Village Camps?

Village Camps is provider of fantastic summer camp experiences and has done so for more than 40 years.  The team is dedicated to these experiences and hopes to make each child’s summer better than the last!

 

Does Village Camps have a philosophy?

The Village Camps motto “Education Through Recreation” is a perfect way to describe our philosophy/ We recognize the importance of having fun while learning in order to optimize the learning experience.

 

Based in Switzerland you have camps here of course, can kids also go abroad?

There are international residential camps in Switzerland, England, France, Austria, Cyprus, USA and Canada, and international day camps in both Switzerland and Singapore.  We have garnered a vast amount of experience and a good reputation and have been around since 1972. We have and continue to uphold a very high standard for all of our programmes and staff, creating a perfect environment for youngsters to spend their summer whilst having fun, making memories, growing and learning with peers from around the world.

 

HPIM8081What camps do you have that are local to the expatparent readership?

Our Summer Village Day Camp™ in Coppet is local to you.  The Camp takes place at the College de Terre Sainte in Coppet and provides a wonderful environment for 4-14 year olds to participate in a wide range of sports & activities, expand their skill base, grow socially through new friendships, increase their self-confidence and improve their French or English.

The Day Camp Starts 7th July and runs to 15 August 2014.

There are also residential places, these open 15 June (in Switzerland) and 29 June 29 (in all other locations) 2014 and are open until 09 August 2014.