Functioning of the Jardin des Particules

Children join the school of the Jardin des Particules at the age of 3 and begin their schooling in a pre-school reception class: 0P. They then pursue it in 1P, 2P and 3P in agreement with the PER (Plan d'Etude Romand). Being the school of the Cern Staff Association, we regularly welcome children who come from around the world and, sometimes for a short period, we have to adapt our educational program to best prepare them and meet their needs.

Children are placed at the center of our educational concerns and pedagogical thoughts, taking into account the multicultural and multilingual diversity of our environment.

The different educational philosophies that we follow—Montessori, Reggio Emilia, flexible class—help and facilitate the learning of concepts for each child, because each child is unique.

English awareness sessions are given in small groups every day, specially on Wednesday. 

The school is open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a canteen service is available upon registration.

Children develop their self-confidence and curiosity in a stimulating yet peaceful environment.

Registration priorities

The Jardin des Particules is open to children of CERN staff members. However, subject to availability, registration may be open to children whose parents do not work at CERN.

Registration priorities are as follows:

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

If you wish to know if a place is available, please complete the pre-registration form.

Arrangements for reception and attendance

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

The school welcomes children aged over 3 to 7 years old for five full days per week. Host groups are organized in double level classes :

  • the Dahlia classroom (0P-1P)
  • the Tournesol classroom (0P-1P)
  • the Jasmin classroom (2P-3P)


The school welcomes children from end of August to June. A Summer camp is offered for the 3 first weeks in July.