Bilingual crèche

A bilingual nursery isn’t the only option in London for your little one to learn French. We look at why bilingual creches offer an excellent alternative to the traditional nursery setting.

Choosing childcare is one of the most important decisions a parent will make.

Building the foundation for your child’s education in a setting that supports your child, your family and your lifestyle is so important.

Childcare is essential for working parents, but increasingly seen as advantageous for stay-at-home parents too who wish to add time to their day, and enrichment to their child’s life.

Nurseries in London vary greatly in terms of provision and quality, and require research to fully analyse and understand how best they can support your child. The parent is often committed to sending their child for an extended day, sometimes starting at 8am and not finishing until 6pm.

Crèches offer an alternative setting to a nursery, offering flexible hours, a shorter day and the chance for the parents to remain onsite, if they choose to. They will take children aged from six months and will support them until they start school. Recent research has shown that children who attended a crèche, found it easier to adjust to formal schooling, allowing children to see adults as mentors able to provide positive guidance.

Bilingual nurseries and crèches in London are an increasingly popular choice amongst the many options out there.

They offer children aged six months and up the benefit of being exposed to French and English, building their confidence to try another language. In these early years, children develop the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in school.

As we live in an increasingly global society, more children are being exposed to more than one language, with French being one of the most popular choices. Research shows the benefits are wide ranging and include bilingual children being able to focus more clearly and ignore distractions, through to improved social sensitivity.

Bilingual crèches offer children the chance to learn songs, rhymes and simple vocabulary, building their confidence and motivating them to learn more language at a later stage in their education. They can improve your previous experiences within a traditional bilingual nursery setting, by offering a supportive and nurturing environment, with the flexibility of ad hoc child care in a small class setting.

Les Petits Bellots is an independent, multi-branch, bilingual mini-creche located in London, welcoming children aged 6 months to 4 years. To find out more, please contact us on telephone: 07401 862 326 or email:

Separation Anxiety

How to deal with child separation anxiety

Separation anxiety in children is when they struggle with the absence of their primary caregiver, or close family member.

While we are well aware of children being affected by separation anxiety, we hear less about parents separation anxiety. Parents also struggle with strong and sometimes overwhelming feelings in relation to the potential and real absence of their children.

While parents mean everything to their children and children mean everything to their parents; they cannot provide everything for each other. A parent will need a financial income in order to provide food, clothes, etc. and their child cannot provide this. A child will need to socialise with children the same age in order to develop, and a parent cannot be the same as a group of children.

Parents and children have their own needs to address in order to grow and progress, and some needs will not be possible to achieve without including a separation.

There is no such thing as a child (or parent) being ready for a separation. But as we are all unique individuals, some of us can adjust quickly to a new situation and some of us take a little longer.

In order to have a smooth transition, here are a few tips:
  • Talk about it Talking to your child and explaining the situation, what is going to happen or where you are going will settle your nerves and prepare your child.
  • Don’t show your stress/anxiety Babies and children are programmed to pick up on every emotion because of their survival instincts. So if you are anxious about heading off, your child will detect it and it will increase their anxiousness and the child will find it harder to settle.
  • Don’t sneak away It might seem easier to sneak off while your child is distracted, but this could make your child fearful you’ll disappear without notice at any time. Yes, there will probably be tears as you say goodbye, but make sure you explain to your child the situation properly before leaving. Something as simple as words or actions repeated each day, such as “I’ll see you later” or a kiss on the forehead, will help prepare your baby for your departure. Once you go, stay gone until it is time for pickup. Many parents come back to comfort their child when they start to cry, prolonging the goodbye and making the experience more traumatic for everyone.
  • Keep yourself busy Find an activity that works for you in order to control your stress or anxiety. It could be anything from yoga, meditation, reading a book, grocery shopping, catching up with friends… as long as you are enjoying it. Remember that it is beneficial for you and your child to spend time away from each other. Whether you’ve hired a sitter, enlisted Grandparents to help, or chose a childcare setting for your first separation, trust yourself that you’ve made the right choice. You obviously put a lot of time and thought into finding the right caregiver for your little one, so don’t submerge yourself in guilt or second thoughts. You are doing a great job!

How to teach french to a toddler – resources


This is one of the songs we’ve been singing through the term! Click on the button below to watch the video animation and practice singing along in French!

Song words

You can WATCH THE VIDEO here!

Story: Un Grand Cerf, by Virginie Guerin

Un grand cerf

This is one of the books we’ve been reading this term!

Summary: In his house, a large deer watched a rabbit coming to him through the window. All children know this rhyme. Here it is today, in an animated book. Surprise and humor guaranteed! Materials to touch: Deer fur, Deer antlers, Rabbit fur, Bees Animations: Cutout window, Tree shaped cutout page, Door to open, Final pop-up, and many materials and surprise activities!