Les Ateliers du Coeur

This is a guest blog post – contributed by Megan Chalamet. Perfect timing for such post as Valentine’s Day coming tomorrow and the International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15th. Thank you, Megan for writing this! xx

Last year I was in the waiting room of my daughter’s pediatrician’s office, and as I scanned all the announcements, notices and signs stapled and taped up to the wall, a tiny magnet caught my eye, announcing support for children and families with chronic illness or facing hospitalization.


Les Ateliers du Coeur was founded in May of 2013 to provide help to families during hospitalization or chronic illness, so that parents and children might find help with foreign territory; that siblings might find help coping; that friends and teachers might also find resources to help them understand these new challenges.

These services begin in the form of a simple gesture: listening. Then the association orients them to helpful people or places, provides help with paperwork or legal questions, creates support groups tailored to their needs, helps with child care, and hosts creative workshops for everyone.

I was immediately drawn to this Association. Sabrina Penel, founder of the Association, saw an enormous patchwork of needs and challenges after experiencing it first-hand. And as for me, coming from a music therapy background, I had worked with children and families going through these difficulties, and could see the difference these services made. This is exactly the kind of help families need in order to better cope and navigate the medical system, and at the same time support the health and development of everyone in their family.

Les Ateliers du Coeur also offers events that are open to all families. There are regular Saturday workshops with activities such as making cupcakes, jewelry, or learning about massage. Since January, they offer child care every Wednesday from 13:30 until 16:30 at the parish of St. Jacques. This brilliant idea of offering events open to everyone creates a supportive yet light atmosphere where the focus moves from illness to creativity and play. The Association even offers ‘stages de vacances’.


I’ve taken my daughter to the Wednesday group twice. I really believe that she will benefit from going there time to time, to meet new children who might have different challenges than hers, to be able to share and learn from each other. I was also able to benefit of course, and was able to get some breathing space in the middle of a very stressful week.


I haven’t had a chance to get out the Pully Port, but the last Wednesday of every month the Association hosts outdoor exercise with Jennyfer, a volunteer of the organization. Children in strollers or on bikes are welcome!

For those who are looking to volunteer, this is a dynamic and exciting organization. There are already many English-speaking volunteers, or you can become a member by paying the annual dues.

lesateliersducoeur3There are so many ways to support Les Ateliers du Coeur! The jeweler Carole Barby created beautiful bracelets around Christmas last year, and they are available for 18 CHF at Cuppin’s or online at Graine de Shopping.

Sabrina Penel can be contacted for questions via phone or email. I always correspond by email, in French and English, and she is very comfortable responding in English.

Les Ateliers du Coeur
079 291 25 70
info (AT) lesateliersducoeur (DOT) ch
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Rockmybaby: a Nanny & Babysitting Agency – Now in Lausanne! (And There is a Giveaway!)

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Looking for a nanny? Or a babysitter?

Great news, parents: After its success in the German-spaking part of Switzerland, Rockmybaby, one of the largest nanny and babysitting agencies worldwide, has now come to Lausanne!


I registered on the site and took a look around. The process of booking a baby-sitter or nanny seemed to be straight forward and user-friendly (FYI, I didn’t make any booking, as I didn’t need nanny/babysitter at the moment). I, of course, checked the fees of the babysitting service. They are not cheap but reasonable (between CHF22.5/hour on regular day to CHF34/hour on public holidays), and there is a CHF20 agency booking fee (note that there is a 3 hours minimum to book a baby-sitter). There are different schemes and fees for different arrangements of babysitting and nanny jobs, that you can see here. Everything looks very clear and organized. I’m sure Rockmybaby will help many Lausanne moms find great sitters/nannies for their kids!

Now, to celebrate its launch in Lausanne, Rockmybaby will giveaway two CHF20-booking fees (a total value of CHF40) to ONE of you, lovely readers! To enter the giveaway contest, leave a comment and let us know why you think you should win the prize! Comments are accepted until Wed, 6 March 2013 at 11:59pm. One winner will be selected randomly by random.org and the name will be announced here on this post.

Good luck!

Psst… read more about Tanya, the mommy behind the Swiss Rockmybaby via Moms-in-Vaud.

The giveaway is now closed and Sibylle is the winner! Congrats!
And thank Tanya for the possibility to do this giveaway and to sponsor LausanneMom.com

How to find baby-sitters in Lausanne


Word of mouth

We found our (live-out) nannies through recommendation from moms at Lausanne-Kids Yahoo! Group. This is my preferred way as I can trust that the person will do the job well.

The Red-Cross List

The Red Cross of Lausanne can send you a list of people (mostly teenagers) who had passed First Aid and Baby-sitting course with them. You can order the list online, specifying your residence area, pay (currently CHF43) and it will be mailed to you. The list includes the name, gender, age, address, telephone number and the language(s) spoken by the baby sitters who live close to your residence. You can then contact them by yourself. Once you pay and get the list, you are entitled to ask for the most current list for a year. And please don’t share the list with others as this is a public service that depends on donations and the contribution that you pay.

Post your ad

You can use the board at your local Coop and Migros to post a baby-sitter position. You can also use online or newspaper service. WRS Classifieds and anibis.ch could be a good start.

University Students

I have also found baby-sitters through the UNIL website. You can put your ad there for free and the students of UNIL/EPFL who are looking for jobs will see it. This is usually good for the occasional baby-sitting. Make sure you also understand the guidelines and the list of tariffs for the services.

Do you have other ideas or sources? Please share by leaving a comment below! Thanks!

French Conversation Course with(!) Baby Sitting Services (Updated)

If you always want to improve your French but don’t know how to do that with the baby, read on. I received this email recently.

Dear Meta,

Our School Le Bosquet SA (www.bosquet.ch) welcomes more than 1900 students per year from all over the world to learn languages. Our main language being the French language. However, due to the increase of the English speaking community in the Leman region, the English language is becoming another high demand in our school.

For this special program, we are happy to announce that we have joint together with Org-Vac (www.org-vac.ch) to help mothers wanting to visit language classes, have the possibility to do this without having to worry about their child. Org-Vac is responsible for taking care of the child while the mother visits her classes.

Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to call me for further explanation.

I remain with kindest regards,

Josephine Favre
Sales and Marketing Director

Le Bosquet S.A.
Office        +41 (021) 627 70 70
Fax           +41 (021) 627 70 71
Email        sales(AT)bosquet(DOT)ch

For fee of courses and registration form, you can download the pdf file here. For other questions, please contact Josephine Favre at above email and telephone numbers.

In association with Org-Vac Sàrl, Le Bosquet SA is organizing an introduction session to guide you through the registration process and to explain to you the different options provided for the above mentioned services.

This session will take place on:
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 9h00 to 11h00
at Le Bosquet, avenue Benjamin-Constant 1, 4th Floor
1003 Lausanne

A free babysitting service will also be provided for this session.

Please email to confirm your attendance, (the number of children and their age) at the below mentioned email address: sales(AT)bosquet(DOT)ch attn: Mrs Josephine Favre or by telephone : 021/ 627 70 79.
Registration deadline: June 8, 2010.

*Neither the author nor the LausanneMom.com are affiliated with Le Bosquet S.A. or receive compensation by any kind for this post.

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