La Petite École

La Petite École

La Petite École is a French immersion preschool programme where 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. This programme seeks to engage children to participate in learning French and in developing their sense of community and cultural identity through a fun-centred learning environment.

 Who: Kids between 3 & 5 years old
Thursdays from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm 
Half-day session or all day
      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 provided that there is space available.
At our premises 275 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central
$49.50 per day (even for half a day)

Parents need to provide:
- morning tea
- lunch (we have a microwaves to heat up meals)
- water bottle
- warm jacket
- sunhat


La Petite École has a clever bi-cultural curriculum and follows the guidelines for both the école maternelle (French Ministry of Education’s preschool) and the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki. These guidelines are incorporated into thematic units, which explore a variety of stimulating topics consisting of age-appropriate, engaging activities. Throughout the year, these thematic units allow children to explore the world around them, learn self-expression through the arts and stimulate their creativity, while learning in a full French immersion environment. This bi-cultural curriculum offers the best preparation to continue into our primary school bilingual units: while French is the medium by which all subjects of the curriculum are taught, it has strong links to the New Zealand school curriculum.

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

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

2022 TERMS

Term 1: 3rd February to 14th April
Term 2: 5th May to 7th July
Term 3: 28th July to 29th September
Term 4:
20th October to 15th December

Our usual routine


Parents and children arrive, coloring pages & games in autonomy
Roll call, presentation and Bonjour to every child followed by a song
9h15-10h Lesson of the day in French through games or craft activities
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! 

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