La Petite Ecole

A French immersion preschool programme in Christchurch, at the Alliance Française, for children aged 3 to 5.
We took our inspiration from La Petite Ecole based in Auckland.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRICE IS $495 (even for half the day)
and that we are full FOR TERM 2 and TERM 3.
There is a waiting list for TERM 4.

TERM 3 2021 will start on Thursday 29th July            
We will run the programme over 2 sessions

Morning session : 8.30am - 12.30pm
Afternoon session : 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Term 1: 4th February to 15th April
Term 2:
6th May to 8th July
Term 3: 29th July to 30th September
Term 4: 21st October to 16th December

Please note that LPE children can take part in our children holiday programme on Thursdays between 2 terms.

You can enrol your child(ren) over one or two session(s). Children can join at any time during the year providing there is space available.

All instruction is in French and is taught by native-speaking teachers in a half day session for a ratio of no more than 9 students per teacher or teaching assistant. French will be spoken around the children during the sessions.

La Petite École seeks to engage children to participate in learning French and in developing their sense of community and cultural identity through a fun-centered learning environment and interaction that promotes diversity and socialisation.

Activities include:

  • French language, stories, songs
  • Writing, maths
  • Painting, drawing, crafts, physical activities

Children are also taught French etiquette, manners, hygiene standards, and health and safety.

Our usual routine


Parents and children arrive, games in autonomy
Presentation and Bonjour to every child, we sing a song
9h15-10h Lesson of the day in French through games
Outside games
Morning Tea
Workshops around graphism, maths, logic, geography, creativity ...
Recap of what we did in the morning and what we learnt, storytime
Games in autonomy


13h-13h45 Relaxation - Yoga
13h45-14h45 Craft or baking related to the lesson of the day 
14h45-15h15 Outside games (weather permitting)
15h15-15h45 Pedagogical games related to the lesson/theme of the day
15h45-16h Recap of what we did in the afternoon and what we learnt, storytime
16h-16h30 Parents arrival, time to see with them how the day went

Au revoir until next Thursday! 

Si vous êtes intéressés par le programme de notre Petite École et souhaitez inscrire votre/vos enfant(s), veuillez envoyer un email à

To know more about our curriculum and objectives: click here.

For all enquiries, please feel free to download the enrolment form and send it to

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