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School holidays in Geneva - any ideas?

Hello

We have just moved to Geneva from Australia. We have our 5 year old daughter in school and our 2 year old son with a maman-de-jour. Soon it will be summer holidays and both the school and the maman-de-jour will close for a long time. My husband and I both work full-time and we don't have any family or support in Switzerland, or even in Europe! We are wondering what the local children do during the holidays.

I have contacted the local slj (govt department for youth) and they have various options such as camps and day-activities. I cannot imagine sending my 5 year old away for a week-long camp, and the day-activities are mostly for 8 year olds and above. I have just two options suitable for her, so that leaves another 6 weeks to fill. Even nannies are hard to find because they are taking their holidays too! We can take a family holiday for one week, but any ideas for the rest will be gratefully appreciated...
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Re: School holidays in Geneva - any ideas?

What about the day camp in Coppet?(10 mins from Geneva), They organise a bus service to and from Geneva. It's for kids from 4-13 years, Monday - Friday 09:00-16:00 or 09:00- 18:00. bilingual camp English/French. 3 x two week sessions. starting 7th July- 15th August. It's run by Village Camps. been around for 37 years.Their web site is www.villagedaycamps.com
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Brilliant! Thanks so much Tranter!!
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Re: School holidays in Geneva - any ideas?

Most of the international schools do summer camps throughout the summer. So you could look in your area to see which schools are nearby. For example I work in a school in Champel and they have summer camp inscriptions at the moment. Look up international schools in google and check their websites for dates and prices.
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Re: School holidays in Geneva - any ideas?

Sorry forgot to say, most of them are for 4 year olds and up and have different themes for different weeks.
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Re: School holidays in Geneva - any ideas?

Thanks Heather. Great idea.
I checked some, and suitable programmes I found were:
the International School of Geneva http://www.ecolint.ch/ecolint/ch/en-ch/index.cfm
http://www.dynamic-learning.ch/Summer%20Workshops.htm
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