September 15, 2023

20 years of "Les Tournesols" daycare at CSEM: A joyful celebration of community and family

We proudly celebrated the 20th anniversary of "Les Tournesols" daycare at CSEM! Discover photos from this special day and the complete article tracing two decades of family support and work-life balance.

Two children standing on a green mat.

On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, "Les Tournesols - Sunflowers" daycare in Neuchâtel celebrated its 20th anniversary

In 2003, CSEM distinguished itself by being the first private company in the Canton of Neuchâtel to open a daycare facility for its staff. Today, this heartwarming initiative has evolved to embrace the wider community. Jeronima Huguenin, who has been a steadfast part of the daycare since its inception, shared her reflections:

"CSEM had already set itself apart as a trailblazer in family-friendly polices when it opened “Les Tournesols” daycare in 2003. Today, the company proudly holds the ‘equal salary’ label, a testament to its unwavering commitment to gender equality.”

Since its establishment “Les Tournesols” has enabled over 50 families to balance their professional careers and family life by provided providing a safe and nurturing environment for children.

A balloon artist makes balloon animals for children.©CSEM -

A balloon artist makes balloon animals for the celebration

The anniversary event was attended by more than 100 people, including kids, families, and members of CSEM’s leadership team. The attendees enjoyed a diverse range of activities, from captivating stories to a balloon artist to an enthusiastic musical performance—there was something to delight everyone.

Alexandre Pauchard, CEO, CSEM, stood on a podium giving a speech©CSEM -

Alexandre Pauchard, the CEO of CSEM, and Véronique Leresche-Roy, CSEM’s Vice President of Human Resources, delivered an engaging speech.

Alexandre Pauchard, the CEO of CSEM, and Véronique Leresche-Roy, CSEM’s Vice President of Human Resources, delivered an engaging speech, highlighting the vital role that childcare facilities play in our community and the outstanding work performed by our early childhood educators.

Note to Parents

As staunch supporters of allowing people to have a work-life balance, we take pride in our heritage and remain resolute in our commitment to this path. That is why, on the occasion of “Les Tournesols’” 20th anniversary, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for entrusting us with your children day in and day out. You inspire us and reinforce our dedication to a future where family life and careers thrive harmoniously.

Congratulations to “Les Tournesols” on its 20th anniversary!

A pair of children walking on a sensory path
A large 20 number made from balloons
A group of people stood in a room in front of a welcome sign
 Early childhood educators standing in front of a large 20 number made of balloons