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A crèche on the Meyrin CERN site

A few months ago (see Echo 175) we announced the opening, at the end of August, of a crèche at the CERN Staff Association’s nursery school. After a very active summer, where a new floor was added to the canteen building, the new school year started in excellent conditions and, as expected, the new crèche opened on Tuesday 27 August.

This crèche, with 13 full-time equivalent places, can accept 18 children aged between three months and two years in a space fully refitted to care for the little ones. A specially designed space for breastfeeding helps moms working on the site to respect their baby's rhythm.

In compliance with the standards of supervision in the canton of Geneva six educators take care of the children in shifts. This new space is fully integrated in the nursery school so that now the crèche, Kindergarten and school of the CERN Staff Association can welcome children aged from three months to six years, from Monday to Friday, and from 8:00 to 18:00 following the school year calendar of the canton of Geneva.

We warmly thank all those who have worked hard to make this project a success in such a short time period, with only 10 months from first discussions until the opening.

We are also grateful for the financial support towards the operation of the crèche by the CERN Management, which has understood the interest and usefulness of a crèche in the workplace for the staff and for the Organization's image. This support allows us to offer rates comparable to those charged in the Canton of Geneva.

We wish a lot of success to this new initiative of the Staff Association.

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