Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Our professional and friendly team of educators is available to actively listen to and care for your children. Their bilingual “one person/one language” approach (French/English) enables each child to learn, use, and develop both languages.

Young children need support as they grow at their individual pace. We guide them progressively over time through a variety of games and activities to ensure they learn and acquire skills smoothly – step by step, without judgement or comparison.

The children are encouraged to socialise by playing together, singing songs, being creative in arts and crafts, and at lunch and snack times to help them enjoy their first positive experience of community life within a tranquil environment.

A secure playground lends itself to stimulating outdoor play. Children are also taken for strolls by the staff using the crèche’s own pushchairs. Smaller groups of children are regularly taken on forest outings to actively discover nature.

A theme-based programme linked to activities such as storytelling, handicrafts and outings reinforces the learning of language structures and vocabulary in both languages. The strength of this bilingual approach to education lies in the encouragement of personal growth.

A welcoming educational environment

The crèche has two main areas. The first one is equipped with a variety of puzzles, toys and games, as well as a cosy carpeted reading corner with lots of books and soft cushions upon which to relax. There is a home corner for role play which includes a kitchenette, dolls, soft animals and another area with a tool bench and tools. The crèche also includes a complete arts and crafts space where the children can develop their fine motor skills by experimenting with various textures and materials, as well as by holding a paintbrush to paint, a pencil to draw and scissors to cut. Their vocabulary is also enriched as they learn more and more colours in both French and English. The sand and water table that the teachers fill with different materials is used for sensory play, and is very popular with all ages.

The second part of the room has a play house for more imaginative play, and a circuit with a soft slide and piles of cushions for practicing and developing gross motor skills.

A smaller room next to the kitchen and dining room has another comfortable reading corner as well as tables and chairs where the children can sit to build puzzles, take part in arts and crafts, or play with soft toys. This room also includes the rest area where the children lie down on their individual beds for peaceful naps after lunch.

The combined kitchen and dining room is where everyone meets to eat lunch and their afternoon snack. This is a special time when the children enjoy eating healthy and well-balanced meals as well as trying new foods. On special occasions, such as birthdays, teachers and children bake cakes or muffins together.

Monitoring each child’s progress

We provide the very best care for your child in safe surroundings whilst allowing him or her to absorb both French and English. From about 18-24 months of age, children start to speak and interact with others and often enjoy listening to music together. At this age, the rate of language acquisition is at its peak. In this secure environment, children have the opportunity to become more independent, to experiment with new objects and activities, to listen to a rich spoken language, and to learn to express themselves. All of this builds up your child’s confidence.

The children’s creations are collated into a folder which they may take home at the end of the year.

The teachers keep track of every child’s development by jotting down their daily experiences and progress, ranging from what they ate and how much they slept, to periodical observations on newly-acquired skills and knowledge. These notes are then used when meeting formally with parents to share information with them about their child’s daily routines, and to answer any questions or concerns they may have.

Children can stay at the crèche until they are ready to start school. Once a child celebrates his or her third birthday, a visit to the Infant section of Haut-Lac International Bilingual School is offered. In the public school system, every child has to start “Première Enfantine” during the school year which commences after their fourth birthday.