We are making it easier for attendees with children (ages 6 months – 10 years old) to attend RIPE Meetings by offering a professional, on-site childcare service. Parents no longer have to choose between participating in the RIPE Meeting and staying home to take care of the family. This initiative is an action from the RIPE Diversity Task Force. The goal of the task force is to increase diversity in the RIPE community. We aim to remove barriers that prevent participation, particularly those that affect underrepresented groups in the community.
It was really useful for me to know that Juan was having a nice time and I could enjoy the event and to be able to travel with my son for work. Thank you RIPE for this great service!
– Gianina, mother of Juan (8 months)
George was very well looked after and immediately seemed relaxed with the ladies in the room. All very nice and seemed totally comfortable with the surroundings.
– James, father of George (20 months)
We partner with established, certified childcare providers specialised in event childcare. They provide qualified childminders, set up a safe and fun childcare room with a variety of activities and develop a week-long programme for the kids that changes daily.
You can sign-up for childcare when you register for the meeting. If you want to register for childcare but already signed up for the meeting, you can log in to My Registration to sign up later (or cancel).
Please sign up early to avoid disappointment as space is limited! Signing up early also means that we can try and find a childminder that can speak your child’s native language.
RIPE 78 Childcare includes:
- A safe, secure daycare facility run by a professional childcare provider at the meeting location
- Childcare from 8:30-12:30 and 13:30-19:00
- Highly-trained childcare staff
- Age appropriate toys, arts and crafts, sports, games, etc.
- Tailored activity programmes that change daily
- Lunch (see below for details)
- Optional in-room babysitting in the evenings
We will provide a separate space in the lunch area of the RIPE Meeting for parents and their children that are using this service. Parents must remain with their children in the lunch area. From 12:30-13:30, you are responsible for your child.