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Our Pedagogical Project

We believe that this period of the life is an excellent period to develop in a lasting way in your children
the natural and spontaneous ability to switch from one language to another.

Our educational system respects the following principles:

One day, one language

For each group, the children are immersed in an alternate bilingual environment, one day in French and one day in English. Our objective is to maintain a balance between the two languages in terms of time of exposure to the language.

English days and French day at the Yen Akat Centre
Early Years SectionHorizon SectionFlying Start SectionLittle Travelers SectionGlobetrotters Section
English Days

Tuesday, Thursday, Alternate Friday

Tuesday, Thursday, Alternate FridayTuesday, Thursday, Alternate FridayTuesday, Thursday, Alternate FridayTuesday, Thursday, Alternate Friday
French Days

Monday, Wednesday, Alternate Friday

Monday, Wednesday, Alternate FridayMonday, Wednesday, Alternate FridayMonday, Wednesday, Alternate FridayMonday, Wednesday, Alternate Friday
One adult, one language
“An adult, a Language” is the principle that we are attached to. This allows the child to associate a language to an adult and to learn the two languages at the same time and without confusion. The children have two teachers, one French-speaking and the other English-speaking.
One week, one theme
For each of the five sections, a theme is taught each week in both French and English, this allows the child to discover little by little the different aspects of the world that surrounds him and increase his vocabulary conjointly in the two languages.

For Early years and Horizon Sections

The curriculum that we have put in place for the first two years of our nursery (Section Early years and Horizon) is based on the British Early Years Foundation – EYFS and also on the criterias of the French Organisation « Protection Maternelle et infantile »(PMI)), which authorised childcare in France. In conformity with these two references, we have put in place an educative project that will allow the child :

  • To understand community life rules ;
  • To feel in security, to live different experiences, to move towards independence ;
  • To awaken one’s intelligence
  • To discover and to develop one’s potentialities
  • To develop one personailty and one’s creativity
  • To establish relations with other children and adults
  • To live within a group.

For Flying Start, Little Travellers and Globetrotters Sections

The bilingual sections Flying Start, Little Travellers and Globetrotters of Acacia are for children aged 3 to 4 years old, 4 to 5 years old and 5 to 6 years old respectively. These classes continue the global educational project of Acacia which is to reinforce the bilingualism of the children and to develop in them a natural and spontaneous ability to switch from one language to another.

The program that we have created for these two sections followed the French Ministry of Education Curriculum for the first and second year in Kindergarten « Petite, Moyenne and Grande Section » and the British Curriculum for the K1 and K2/Reception, Year 1 program.

Our program consists of 5 learning domains:
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (Mathematics)
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Science)
  • Physical development and Body Coordination
  • Creative development (Arts and Crafts)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The objective for children enrolled in our kindergarten program is to allow them to join with no difficulty, at the end of the cursus of Acacia, the French School or an international school.

An individualized welcoming

Acacia Nursery offers each child and his parents an individualized welcoming. The staff makes sure that the separation, which can be a stressful time, is done smoothly and in the least traumatizing way possible for both parents and child. The teachers and assistants work in close collaboration with families by communicating daily with a correspondence book and by taking the time to interact and to recount the child’s day.

he teachers take care to establish, to develop and to strengthen the links of confidence with the children who are entrusted to them while at the same time respecting their educational choices, their cultural identity, and their values. A harmonious and open communication, without any skill rivalry, is essential in order for the children to feel safe and welcome. The staff implements everything to permit the child to join the group smoothly.

Socialization and autonomy

The mission of the nursery is also to initiate the child to live in a group and to anticipate his schooling. The child learns to respect others, to share, to accept limits, to wait for his turn…Therefore, he can structure himself and build his personality. Acacia Nursery works with children at their own rhythm and assists them smoothly towards an autonomy that will encourage and support their psychomotor, emotional and intellectual development.

Meal

Meals are moments of pleasure, of conviviality, of exchanges, of discoveries of new flavours and of new textures. The younger children are fed on request and the diversification with new food is made in relation with each family. Specific diets in case of allergies or food choices of families (halal alimentation, casher…) are respected. The team encourages the autonomy of a child who learns progressively and at his own pace to eat by himself and with cutlery. Meals are also a great time for socializing where we have to wait for our turn, listen to others, say “please” and “thank you” ,
and wash our hands before and after meals.

Emotional life and safety

Self-esteem and love take up an essential place in the development of a child giving him the strength to confront the outside world. Each member of staff knows how to be encouraging, whether by a look, with words, a cuddle or a reassuring gesture, so that each child feels loved and safe, but without taking the place of the parents. The nursery staff respects the privacy period when a child isolates himself, relaxes, dreams or plays alone. These free times are essential because they allow him to develop his imagination, his personality, and to cultivate his own gifts, thereby making the integration of acquisitions easier. Each child is unique and evolves at his own pace and it is essential not to compare him with another child. A child can keep his comfort blanket, if he wants to, during the nursery time.

Nappy and toilet training

Nappy changing has to be made with great respect of the child’s body and as often as necessary, watching over the good state of his skin and taking care of it if needed. The toilet training is an important step of the corporal and social development of the young child. Potty-chair and toilet training will be made progressively according to the physiological and psychological maturity of each child and in agreement with the parents. Training is progressive and without constraint.

For each of the three sections, a theme is taught each month in both French and English, this allows the child to discover little by little the different aspects of the world that surrounds him and increase his vocabulary conjointly in the two languages.

Early Years

Month
SeptemberMy nursery: the first days, the ritual of the nursery, the nursery and its people
OctoberTaste: food, textures, colors, shapes
NovemberThe body, the 5 senses, and Loy Kratong
DecemberWinter, the family, Christmas
JanuaryKing and Queen, friends and music
FebruaryClothing, costumes, the carnival of animals, preparation for the carnival
MarchThe city, the garden, transportation
Aprilchocolate eggs, Water festival, water and its states
MayMother’s Day, farm animals, forest animals jungle animals
JuneFather’s Day, the ocean and the sea, the mountains, air and earth

Horizon

Month
SeptemberMy nursery: the activities,places and people
OctoberTaste: colors, shapes and Halloween
NovemberThe body, the 5 senses
DecemberClothing, winter, Christmas and the family
JanuaryMusic friends, clothing and accesories
FebruaryParks and gardens,the carnival of animals,weather
MarchCountryside and nature,the city and transportation
AprilWater, Ocean, Summer, Water festival
MayMother’s Day, farm animals, forest animals jungle animals
JuneCartoon Heroes,father's day,fire,vacation

Flying Start

Month
SeptemberMy nursery: the first days, the ritual of the nursery, the nursery and its people
OctoberThe body, emotions, Halloween and witches
NovemberThe 5 senses
DecemberAnimals from the poles, winter, Christmas, the passing of time
JanuaryThe Festival of kinds, living in the middle ages, kings and queen, the castle and its inhabitants
FebruaryGround day, clothing, the carnival of animals, preparation of the carnival
MarchLand transpotation,Air transpotation,Sea transpotation
AprilRules of the road, the day of chocolate, water and its states,water festival, weather and the seasons
Mayfarm animals, forest animals jungle animals,sea animals
JuneThe circus : the tent the acrobats,the clowns the animals

Little Travelers

Month
SeptemberNew friends, my house, my neighborhood : people and places
OctoberLiving and Non-living, my environment, Halloween
NovemberLes 5 senses, habits (good and bad) our feelings
DecemberPlants, the 4 seasons, Christmas
JanuaryKings and Queens, people in a castle, fantastic creatures
FebruaryFood : Eating Healthy, Costumes and Carnaval
MarchTransports: land, air and sea transports, traffic laws
AprilWater and its states, water cycle, water festival
MayAnimals: Parent and baby animals, place of living, eating habits, difference between wild and tame animals, birds and insects
JuneMusic and its instruments, summer holidays games

Globetrotters

Month
SeptemberNew friends, my house, my neighborhood : people and places
OctoberLiving and Non-living, my environment, Halloween
NovemberLes 5 senses, habits (good and bad) our feelings
DecemberPlants, the 4 seasons, Christmas
JanuaryKings and Queens, people in a castle, fantastic creatures
FebruaryFood : Eating Healthy, Costumes and Carnaval
MarchTransports: land, air and sea transports, traffic laws
AprilWater and its states, water cycle, water festival
MayAnimals: Parent and baby animals, place of living, eating habits, difference between wild and tame animals, birds and insects
JuneMusic and its instruments, summer holidays games