I've read the threads about Public vs. Private schools, and also how for many working parents Private is the only option because public schools expect the kids to be home for lunch, Wednesday's are off etc. But there is also something called GIAP
(Le Groupement Intercommunal pour l’Animation Parascolaire)? With the help of Google translator and my (very) limited French, I managed to figure out Giap provides supervised lunch and after-school care (only in Geneva?).
I'm hoping to move to Geneva later this year, and will be in a situation where I'll be working full time, with a 4-year old who'll need to attend school, and a spouse with a job that requires extensive travel. So mostly it'll be me and my son for 6-7 months of the year. I would like my son to attend the local public school, but do have concerns with timings, Wednesdays being off, what happens during vacation times etc.
If any parents have used the GIAP support, do please share your experience:
- How has your experience been? Are the GIAP centers within the school premises or outside?
- What happens on Wednesdays (and vacation times)? Does GIAP provide full day care during this period?
many thanks for your responses!