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La Petite Ecole is 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.

TERM 3 2020 will start on Thursday   23 rd of July                  
We will run the programme over 2 sessions

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

You can enrol your child(ren) over one or two session(s). Children can join at any time during the year providing there are 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. Only French will be spoken around the children during the sessions.

La Petite École seeks to engage children to participate in learning French and develop 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 arrival, games in autonomy
Presentation and Bonjour to every kids, we sing a song
9h15-10h Lesson of the day in French through games (C'est qui? Les émotions, Ce n'est pas grave..)
Outside games
Morning Tea
Petits ateliers (workshops) around Graphism, Maths, Logic, Creativity...
Recap of what we did in the morning and what we learnt, storytime
Games in autonomy

13h45-14h45 Craft or baking related to the lesson of the day 
14h45-15h15 Outside games
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 remplir la fiche d'inscription et l'envoyer par 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