Raphael Nursery

Bilingual French Montessori Nursery

Clapham Bilingual French nursery

At our Bilingual French nurseries in Clapham and Hammersmith, we build our pedagogical success on three pillars: bilingualism, Montessori and early years learning.

At Raphael Nursery, we believe that introducing foreign language as early as possible helps children to develop communication skills. This is part of our curriculum as a Bilingual French Nurseries in Clapham and Hammersmith. Most children joining do not have French parents and are immersed in another language from a very young age. 

Research has shown that bilingual individuals have improved thinking skills compared to monolingual individuals. Bilingual children are also able to communicate with a wider variety of people and have an advantage over children with just one language in their future. Bilingual children will be able to use languages with much more ease and ability than they would if they were studying them post –adolescence.

Once children know how to use one language, they are usually able to learn another one much faster. Bilingualism helps small children to make sense of the world around them and to discover the excitement of communication. 

Montessori Pedagogy

Clapham Bilingual French nursery

 Maria Montessori was a pioneer in the study of child development. Her success leads to international recognition. Parents and professionals today widely acclaim her educational system, the Montessori Method The main principles include:

  • Every child is born with creative potential. It also has the drive to learn.

  • Society and their immediate environment influence children. Specially prepared environments help to develop the child’s natural potential. This could be in school and at home,

  • We offer children the freedom to work and move around within suitable guidelines. As a result, it enables them to act as part of a social group.

  • We provide children with specifically designed materials. This indeed helps them to explore their world. It enables them to develop essential cognitive skills.

  • Age groups encourage all children to develop their personalities at their own pace.

Montessori teaching also contributes to embed Raphael Nursery’s values

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Clapham Bilingual French nursery

Raphael Nursery also follows the practice for Early Years Foundation Stage in Clapham and Hammersmith. We carefully embed its key four principles:

  • A unique child principle: every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

  • Positive relationship principle: children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and a key person.

  • Enabling environments principle: the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children development and learning.

  • Learning and development principle: children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. All areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.

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