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Usually, children are accepted in a day care centre as soon as the mother’s maternity leave is over.
Despite public, semi-private and private efforts to provide day care, day care places are difficult to find. If you want to be sure of getting a place, start looking early on, if possible as soon as you know you are expecting a baby. Waiting lists are often very long.
Your commune will be able to give a list of child day care centres in your area.
There are several organisations which can provide information on child day care and the cost of external childcare, which may be means-tested and also varies from canton to canton, such as the Swiss childcare association Kibesuisse.
Some companies have their own day care facilities – ask your employer if this is the case where you work and what the conditions are (opening times, prices, age limit etc.) If there are enough free places, workplace childcare facilities may accept children whose parents do not work for the company. You can find out more from your local commune.