Children at this stage have their first experience of separation from their families and of meeting with other children. We welcome them with respect for their individuality and pace of development, providing a space of creativity and conducive to discovery, experimentation, exchange and games.

Your child will develop their capacities and self-confidence. The educational team creates a climate and an environment that promotes pleasure, the joy of discovery, for children to express themselves freely without being judged. Individual and collective activities alternate harmoniously.

Registration priorities

Le Jardin des Particules is open to children of CERN staff members and, subject to availability, to children whose parents do not work at CERN. The order of priority for registrations is :

  • Re-registrations
  • Siblings
  • Children of CERN staff members (MP) or of Le Jardin des Particules staff; single parent families having priority
  • Children with a parent working on the CERN site
  • Children with a parent working in another international organization
  • Others

If you would like to know if a place is available, please contact us.

Short-term registrations

If places are available in the relevant age group, children may, on an exceptional basis, be enrolled for a short period. Interested parents in a short-term registration should contact the secretary to :

Arrangements for reception

The creche is open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Different attendance options are available:

  • 2 full days a week, on Monday and Tuesday or on Thursday and Friday.
  • 3 full days a week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday or on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • 5 full days a week

The creche welcomes children from end of August to July (only 3 weeks in July).

Host groups are organized as follows:

  • The Baby Group, the Coquelicots group from 4 to 12 months old
  • The Todler Group, the Myosotis group from 12 to 24 months old
  • The group of the bigger, the Trèfles group from 24 to 36 months old