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Nursery School


The Jardin des Particules is open Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6.15 p.m., following the Swiss school calendar and observing CERN’s closure dates.

The Jardin des Particules is open to the children of members of the CERN personnel. Depending on the availability of places, registration may be opened to children whose parents do not work at CERN.

The Jardin des Particules welcomes around 100 children, grouped by age:

  • The crèche welcomes children aged from 4 months to 48 months for full days and mornings (for those aged 24-48 months).
  • The school welcomes children aged from 4 to 6 for full days, with teaching following the first and second primary class curricula (moyenne section and grande section in France).


The education provided by the Jardin des Particules prepares children for life in the local area (starting school, in particular), as well as for their potential reintegration in their home country.

The environment at the Jardin des Particules facilitates the development of each child’s personality through education that respects their individuality, helps them to develop their independence and their personal abilities, stimulates their desire to learn and their creative talents and awakens their sense of cooperation, friendship and harmony, regardless of nationality, gender, religion and social circumstances.

Day-to-day learning: cooperative and active learning.

Children take an active role in and are at the heart of their learning, supported by caring professionals who pay close attention to their development.

The educational team comprises around forty trained early-childhood professionals (teachers, educators, teaching assistants and helpers).

They monitor the progress of each child, taking into consideration as far as possible his or her pace, age and needs within the common rules that apply to everyone.

Children evolve day by day in a stimulating and reassuring environment that enables them to shape themselves as individuals and develop their own skills.

Beginners’ English workshop for children aged four to six.


Nursery School Steering Committee


The Nursery School is dependent on the Staff Association. The latter entrusts the administration of the Nursery School to a Steering Committee. The Staff Association appoints the Staff Association representatives in this committee, in accordance with the conditions set out in the Statutes of the Nursery School.

The Committee is composed of seven members divided into three colleges:

  • the employer’s college, composed of three representatives of the CERN Staff Association (elected by the Staff Council for a renewable mandate of three years);
  • the employees’ college, composed of one representative of the Nursery School teachers (appointed for a mandate of one year by the teachers of the Nursery School) and one representative of the assistants of the Nursery School (appointed for a mandate of one year by the assistants of the Nursery School); and
  • the parents’ college, composed of one representative of the parents (appointed for a mandate of one year by the representatives of the parents of each class following their election, class by class);
  • and one ex officio member: the Headmistress of the Nursery School.

Each college also has an alternate, who may attend the meetings but does not have the right to vote, except when one or more members of that college are not present at a committee meeting.

The employer’s college has two alternates.

The Committee has, in particular, the following tasks:

  • set a provisional budget including the amount of school fees, examine the balance sheet and the treasurer’s accounts which are sent to the Staff Association President for approval;
  • manage the funds of the Nursery School in the framework of budget approved by the Staff Association;
  • fix the budget for « minor purchases » managed by teachers, for the day-to-day needs of the Nursery School;
  • set out recommendations concerning the appointment of qualified staff for the Nursery School (definition of needs, choice of staff and length of contracts) in accordance with the Rules for Nursery School staff, for decisions by the Staff Association President;
  • manage the staff contracts of the Nursery School (for example leave, replacements, training etc.);
  • define the general conditions of admission and departure of the children entrusted to the Nursery School;
  • ensure that the teaching project and methods of the Nursery School conform to the Aims and Mission set out in the Statutes;
  • ensure that the Nursery School is sufficiently equipped;
  • inform the parents of the activities of the Nursery School and take their proposals into consideration;
  • report at least once a year to the Staff Association on the functioning of the Nursery School, any decisions taken and problems encountered;
  • present to Staff Council an annual report on the activities of the Nursery School;
  • advise the Staff Association as soon as possible of any financial problems encountered by the Nursery School.

In the event of a recommendation being made by the Committee to the Staff Association, the latter may deviate from it for reasons justified in writing.



Members: Céline GROBON, Lynda MEICHTRY, Nicolas SALOMON, Yves SILLANOLI

Alternates: Jean-Baptiste ZENNER