Emergency childcare

| UNIL free service (SOS Parents)

As a parent with a UNIL contract, you are entitled to five working days a year to look after a sick child. You can also find an emergency care solution using the resources shown below.

UNIL free service (SOS Parents)

Is your child ill, is the person who usually looks after them unavailable or has something unexpected cropped up at work?

If you are working or studying at UNIL, you can contact our partner la Croix-Rouge vaudoise, who will put you in touch with a Red Cross assistant (minimum period of care: three hours).

Emergency care through the Red Cross is available to you free of charge through the Equal Opportunities Office for up to 35 hours per calendar year, provided that:

  • One of the parents is registered at UNIL or has a UNIL contract*.
  • The need for emergency care is the result of an unexpected short-term situation and associated with a professional or study obligation for the UNIL parent.
  • The parent’s home is in the canton of Vaud.

* Salary paid by UNIL

Above the 35-hour threshold or if you don't live in the canton of Vaud, the Red Cross will bill you for the custody. The rate is based on the Red Cross rates and the net family income.

Contact the Red Cross directly :


by phone, Monday to Friday from 7am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm:

021 / 340 00 80
021 / 340 00 81


Restrictions related to Covid-19 :
The Vaud Red Cross does not carry out any mission if a family member is positive for coronavirus, even if isolated in a room, or if a screening test result is expected.
Furthermore, the space must allow the Red Cross assistant to take care of the child without the proximity of the parents, who must isolate themselves if they are present in the flat. The Red Cross assistant has a minimum of contact with the parents, respecting the social distance of 1.5m.


Other Red Cross benefits (not covered by the Equal Opportunities Office)


  • The Baby-Sitting service
    Proposes to place children under the responsibility of young people who have received appropriate training through our Red Cross Training Sector.
  • The Block Parent Service
    Was designed to meet the emergency needs of parents who are ill, temporarily unavailable or experiencing personal difficulties and who do not know where to place their children in the care of a caregiver.
  • Training for caregivers
    This program aims to strengthen the aids and services that are useful to people who care at home for people of all ages, in a situation of disability, illness or at the end of life.
  • Volunteer respite for caregivers
    As a caregiver, and to take some time for yourself to recharge your batteries for a few hours.

All information and offers from the Vaud Red Cross (in French) : https://croixrougevaudoise.ch/


Vieux Pressoir  -  CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 20 59