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
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.
WHY LES ENFANTS?
Key highlights about our program
We are passionate about our children
Private nonprofit school
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