At Les Enfants, we recognize the importance of play in child-centered learning. Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” — Joseph Chilton Pearce


Our PHILOSOPHY

Developmental & Reggio EMILIA-Inspired

Our goal as early childhood educators is to provide a warm, safe and loving environment where children can learn to feel good about themselves, develop socially through play and interaction with their peers in a group setting and foster optimal development for their individual ages and abilities. Emphasis is placed on cognitive, social, emotional and physical development for each child.

We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which puts the child’s natural development and their close relationship with their environment at the center of its philosophy. Our approach is child-directed, meaning teachers and staff facilitate the children’s learning by planning activities and projects based on the children’s interests, asking questions for further understanding and becoming a co-learner and collaborator with the children rather than simply observing. Children are introduced to various activities that include: art, music and movement, dance, cooking, reading, math readiness and science. They are able to make their own choices within a structured, yet flexible, schedule.


LES ENFANTS & PARENTS

Family involvement & Partnering with the School

Les Enfants offers a variety of events and opportunities to bring the school community together. Families are invited to attend special events like our school-wide International Food Fair in September, Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Celebration and Holiday Party in December. In addition, Les Enfants invites parents to join their children during our special events which include petting zoos, puppies for children, Spring bunnies, Long Beach Aquarium visit to our school and our annual anniversary picnics in the park. We also hold regular coffee hours, orientations and other workshops for our parents and families. This connection ensures there is an open dialogue between parents and faculty.  

We encourage parents to volunteer their time and support in any way they feel comfortable, from coming to the school to read to children, organizing or assembling new furniture, to planning events or donating a professional service. Parents not only become more connected to the school community — partnering with the school enhances the sense of self-esteem in the children.

Students, teachers and parents enjoy a visiting petting zoo

Students, teachers and parents enjoy a visiting petting zoo


WHY LES ENFANTS?

Key highlights about our program

  • We are passionate about our children

  • Private nonprofit school

  • N.A.E.Y.C accredited

  • Play-based, developmental infant / toddler program

  • Reggio-inspired preschool ages 2 to 5 1/2

  • Annual evaluations and ASQs (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) 

  • Regular parent conferences

  • Diversity: children of all nationalities and religions are welcome

  • Extra-curricular activities: art, dance/gym, music and carpentry

  • Loving, caring and experienced teachers 

  • Beautiful, open and bright architect-designed building

  • Cozy, safe and stimulating home-like environment

  • Two large playgrounds/outdoor classrooms

  • Gardening and environmental awareness incorporated into activities