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C’est la rentrée !

Since August 28th ‘Le Jardin des Particules’ is back to work for the year 2018-19 and is welcoming 104 children between 4 months and 6 years old, organised in groups of 4 to 18 children depending on their age.

Like every year, leaving one's parents or adapting to a new rhythm, a new environment and new people, is not always easy, but the whole team was very strongly involved such that every child and every parent could familiarise themselves with the kindergarten and the school.

A pedagogical team composed this year of around 40 professionals (director, deputy director, secretaries, teachers, educators, assistants, helpers...) is ready to welcome your children around a wonderful educative project.

The pedagogical project

This year, a special attention has been given to the canteen and the pedagogical project.

The team is trained into ‘Positive Discipline’ and will propose activities to the children to give them the possibility to explore the ways of living together, of respecting themselves and others, while fostering autonomy and self-confidence.

Every child will be placed at the centre of a learning experience, like a young researcher. The child will develop in a firm but kind environment, stimulating his or her creativity, laughter, well-being and joy of living.

The pedagogical team has chosen this year the theme of the human body as the common thread for their activities. Several activities and trips will be carried out during the year around this theme.

Learning foreign languages will not be left behind. Activities dedicated to the discovery of the English language for children in 1P/2P will be organised four times a week during the afternoon, starting mid-September.

The summer was also the occasion to make numerous organisational and structural changes!

More spaces in building 562

The spaces available for the 3-4 years old group and one 1P/2P classroom in building 562 have been enlarged, with openings on neighbouring classrooms. This will allow the children to enjoy a larger space for activities and will foster work in larger groups.

The morning group for 2 to 4 years old children has been relocated closer to the 2 to 3 years old group. This new arrangement has allowed the creation of an aisle for the kindergarten regrouping all children 2 to 4 years old, while maintaining sub-groups for 2 to 3 years old, 2 to 4 years old and 3 to 4 years old children.

This new arrangement will favour exchanges between children and professionals for this age category.

The group of 3 to 4 years old children (previously “jardin d’enfant”) will benefit from a more specific support (activities centered around autonomy) to guide them smoothly towards their future schooling in 1P the following year, easing the transition from kindergarten to school.

And re-painting building 662, and more

The entrance halls and the staircase of building 662 have been repainted in beautiful hues of mauve and white.

In the garden and in the kindergarten, new and more functional sunshades have been installed; a change greatly appreciated by children and adults alike.

A big Thank-You to all the persons who have worked over the summer to make sure everything is ready for the start.

For information, there are still a few places available in the 2 to 3 years old group, for 2, 3 or 5 days a week. Please contact us at “Le Jardin des Particules” for any additional information!

All other groups are already full for this year.

“Le Jardin des Particules” is now ready for a wonderful year, full of discoveries, experiments, human encounters and rich emotions.