Les Petits Bellots mini-crèche is a new and flexible type of childcare that allows parents to take time out while their little ones enjoy two hours of fun play and learning. Our unique programme lies in the pleasure and spontaneity of studying a new language at a young age.
What we do
Our objectives are twofold: the first is to encourage language learning with easier fluency than learning in later life: young children’s brains are developmentally ready to accept and learn a foreign language, and studies show that language education enhances overall cognitive skills, improves brain development and provides cultural enrichment.
The second objective is to maintain a bilingual environment for bilingual families, and to assist with the learning of the French language in the case of expatriation.
How we teach
Les Petits Bellots follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and ensures that all activities are set to enable children to develop further at their own individual pace.
We employ total language immersion, supported by a qualified team speaking both languages in a safe and stimulating environment, allowing the children to be multiculturally aware while developing their social skills.
Learning is very much through a combination of play and language, and your child’s safety, confidence and enjoyment is key.
L’éveil de vos enfants est notre priorité!
Our two-hour sessions begin with a welcome as children come in, followed by free play and then circle time, where we say ‘bonjour’ to everyone and sing during French Rhyme Time. Structured activities follow for 20 to 30 minutes, where staff interact with all children.
We take care of baby-change if the need arises and suggest toilet visits for older ones. After Snack Time (catered for by parents), we all tidy the room together, then we gather for our second circle time to read a story in French. We then have a dance session, which lasts between 10 to 15 minutes, before finally saying ‘au revoir’ to everyone as parents arrive to collect.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch, especially for the first few sessions to ensure their child has settled. However, most parents do make the most of the opportunity to enjoy some precious time out, dropping their children and collecting them at the end of the session. Our care is bespoke, and each family is different.
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