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Organize childcare during a Wikimedia event
problemMore and more members of the community are parents
solutionOrganize childcare
creatorSylvain WMFr
created on17:07, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

What problem does this solve?


During the organization of an international event, bringing a large number of participants, it is important to take account of all logistics matters.

One of the things we considered early on was childcare, because we think this is an important way of not leaving committed people behind: there are more and more couples of two Wikimedians with children. Indeed, from the beginning of the organisation of the Hackathon Wikimedia 2015, which took place in Lyon,we have had several requests concerning the acceptance or not of childrens. To the best of our knowledge, no Wikimedia event had childcare before.

What is the solution?


To meet this demand, the association Wikimedia France has set up a center that allowed parents to be able to free up time to code. It was open from 10:00–13:00 and 14:00–18:00 hrs. A room with games, and two nannies were present for the care of children.

Things to consider

  • Analyze the need before the project.
  • Conduct a survey to determine the number of children, their ages and the language spoken.
  • A study of the various associations or babysitting business in the region where the event will take place.
  • When selecting professional, make sure they meet the standards in force in your country (in France, it's one babysitter for every three children; a special diploma is required for children younger than a certain age).
  • Also make sure that babysitters speak well the language spoken by the children.


  • The tranquility of the parents
  • Greater involvement of these
  • A definite asset to attract participants


  • Costs time and money.

When to use

  • Big events with dozens of attendees



See also