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Some of the best bilingual schools and nurseries in London
The state educational system in England no longer makes foreign languages compulsory at GCSE level whilst more and more parents would like opt for the private sector and are realising the importance of teaching their children another language. Of course, this is perhaps linked to the fact that families coming from abroad are keen to have their children brought up bilingual or it could also be that parents want their children to be more open to what the world has to offer and that learning a language gives them a real advantage when entering the world of business.
Multinationals and international banks openly favour multilangual applicants. Is three too soon to be thinking of the time your child will be looking for his first job? Experience has shown that nursery children find it much easier to learn a language than when they are 10 or 11 years old. In countries such as Holland and Sweden, children learn English at nursery level and we all know how good they are at speaking it.
Mars Montessori Bilingual Nursery is a small private nursery in the heart of Islington, offering Montessori education and a bilingual environment, coupled with extended daycare for children aged 2-5 years. Mars only has 24 children, and 6 members of staff. The nursery is open from 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday for 47 weeks of the year.
Mars Montessori has operated since January 2000 and has consistently been awarded GOOD Ofsted ratings. In November 2006 the Mayor of Islington presented the school with an award for Raising Quality Standards.
The French Programme was co-developed with a child psychologist following extensive study of the best bilingual (and multilingual) nurseries in Paris.
Christ Church Street French Nursery
Christ Church Street French Nursery is a bilingual school opened in 2007, and operates two nurseries one for children (2-3 years old ) in Caversham street and one very close by for pre-school children aged 3 to 5 years old in Alpha Place . Both nurseries are situated in the heart of Chelsea and Kensington .
The nurseries are opened each weekday for 44 weeks p.a. for the toddlers and 39 weeks p.a. for the pre-school children.
Three options on offer:
1) From 9:00 am to 12:30pm as a morning session
2) From 1:00pm to 4:30 pm as an afternoon session
3) From 9:00 am to 4:30 pm as a full day.
In addition to the what is normally expected from a little private nursery, the school also has a number of sports and musical activities available such as yoga and music session for all the children. Swimming and ballet are optional.
EYFP and Nursery Education Grant registered.
3 Caversham Street
London SW3 4AF
12 Alpha Place
London SW3 5SZ
Tel. 020 7351 9648
L'Ecole des Petits and l'Ecole de Battersea
L'Ecole des Petits
L'Ecole des Petits was the first independent pre-primary school in Great Britain to be officially recognized as an Ecole Homologuée by the French Education Authority (AEFE); a recognition which was confirmed in 1995.
The school houses 5 classes of maternelle from Petite Section to Grande Section and two bilingual classes. They also welcome an English section with two classes: 1st Level and 2nd Level which follow the English Curriculum. (These 2 classes are dedicated to English speaking pupils who wish to continue within the English educational system).
The school caters for English-speaking and French-speaking children and provides learning in both languages. The school welcomes pupils from all over the world
L'Ecole des Petits follows the official French Education National curriculum and offers pupils an education in a warm and friendly atmosphere where, thanks to a policy of small classes, each child is encouraged to express him/herself. All French classes receive daily teaching in English.
The English classes follow the National Curriculum Foundation Stage as recommended by DFES and also receive daily teaching in French.
London SW6 2NB
(10 minutes de Chelsea)
Phone: 44 20 7371 8350
L'Ecole de Battersea
London SW11 3DS
(5 minutes de Chelsea)
Phone: 44 20 7924 3186
L’École des Benjamins
L’École des Benjamins (EdB) offers the Early Years Foundation Stage programme to 2 to 6 year old children in both English and French languages. EdB is a Bilingual private Nursery and Primary school, opened in 1994. They believe in the total development of the child on all levels, physical, social, emotional and intellectual. More importantly, they want children to learn to love learning.
They are committed to excellence in childcare and education. Their aim is to offer the highest standards of professionalism in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. They invite children to join them in an adventure that will last their lifetime.