Our Transition Class

The Transition Class at Victoria Cerise is a new concept that we have created specifically for  children between the ages of 2 and 4 to prepare them for entry into kindergarten. This transition class ensures a seamless continuity between nursery and pre-school. In order to respond to the individual needs of each child, the maximum capacity of our transition class is 12 children.

The class is composed of different areas including relaxation, reading, free play, workspace and role play areas. The room also has a quiet area and a bathroom with a sink and a toilet of child size and height.

On the basis of our teaching methods, we have developed a specific educational programme for this age group. The main objectives are as  follows:

Development of child’s skills through his own experience

All of our organised activities are designed to support each child’s learning so that he/she develops intellectual, motor, sensory and language skills to the best of their ability. The children learn through their experiences. It is essential, therefore, to include activities that promote critical reflection. We aim to assist the children  to become more independent and to instil in them  a  desire to learn and discover the world.

The acquisition of social skills

Learning to live with others is not always  easy and often socialisation problems occur when a child begins kindergarten. Within our transition class the children learn the rules of life in the community, group cohesion, sharing and caring.  We encourage communication so that each child has its own place and is able to develop  confidence and personality within the security of this group.

The acquisition of independence

The development of independence takes a long time and requires a lot of patience. From the age of 2 children begin to learn to dress and undress, pack their bags etc. These actions are not innate and need to be learned over a period of time. The children gradually  develop control over their bodies to enable them to perform these tasks successfully. The transition class teacher is able to spend more time on these aspects than a kindergarten teacher can. She will encourage and assist the children to develop these skills smoothly and without frustration.  For children who are not yet toilet trained, we ensure that potty training takes place at the same time as at home. The age at which potty training begins varies from child to child  and we are sensitive  to this  only beginning when the child is ready, in a caring and non-judgmental setting.

Class activities

The daily routine of the transition class consists of periods of activity and periods of rest.

The activities take place 15-minute sessions in order to maintain the attention of young children. The activities take place mainly in the morning, when children have more energy. The teacher will alternate different kinds of fun and educational activities to cover a variety of skills.


We offer activities in which the children develop their fine motor skills and their sense of discovery.  The child selects an activity and  the teacher offers as much or as little support as the child requires or requests.

We also hold mini-sessions to develop the children’s psychomotor skills and  channel their energy.

Each day a different  group activity is offered including musical awareness, artistic activities, psychomotor skills, discovery of the 5 senses etc. and reading. By participating in group activities  the children are given the opportunity to develop social skills through interaction with other children and the teacher.

Playtime will be spent in the garden (weather permitting).

Within the structure of each day there will be periods of  free play which are  fundamental to the  development of creativity and self-expression.

All activities are designed to meet the needs of each child and are therefore adapted to different age groups. The activities are  based on those of the  middle section of our  nursery but are structured in such a way that they more closely resemble kindergarten activities.

The routine

Routines play  a fundamental role in the children’s day as they allow the gradual acquisition of independence and awareness of time. We have, therefore dedicated specific times of the day to ” hygiene and cleanliness” enabling the children to learn how to wash their hands, use the potty, brush their hair etc.  and  to ‘independence’ during which activities the children will learn to dress and undress, pack their bag etc.  The afternoon is often more conducive to such sessions as children rested and calm following their nap.

The pace of the Transition Class, which initially is based on that of the nursery, increases throughout the year to become more like a kindergarten class. The changes happen gradually so that the children easily adapt and develop the necessary  skills  for transfer into a kindergarten class.

Hello everyone,

Eléonore is taking a short break… so here I am to take care of your children!

I have already been introduced to many parents but for those of you I haven’t met my name is Lili. I am the new Kindergarten teacher.

I am a native French speaker but can also speak English. My top priorities are the well being of the children and allowing each child to develop at his or her own individual pace. I aim to help the children to –

  • Know who they are from an early age
  • Feel comfortable in themselves and with themselves
  • To thrive in a calm  and pleasant atmosphere

So “a new page will be written and we will write it together”

Kind regards,


Internal organisation

Each child receives a communication book which the nursery will use to notify any changes, to inform you of the weekly menus, themes of the year and accounts records etc. This will allow you to monitor the development of your child.

Opening hours

Victoria Cerise is open every weekday from 07:30 am to 16:00.


Les congés 2018 – 2019

  • Rentrée/ 1st day : le lundi 20 août – Monday the 20th of August 2018
  • Réunion des parents / Parents’ reunion : 1er octobre – 1st of Octobre 2018
  • Saint-Nicolas : le jeudi 6 décembre – Thursday the 6th of December 2018

Conférences pédagogiques / Pedagogical conferences :

  • le 30 novembre – 30th of Novembre 2018
  • le lundi 15 avril Monday the 15th of April 2019 

Jours fériés – Bank holidays

  • Toussaint / All Saints day : le jeudi 1er novembre – Thursday the 1st of Novembre 2018
  • Lundi de Pâques / Easter Monday : le 22 avril – the 22nd of April 2019
  • Fête du travail / Labour day : Le mercredi 1er mai – Wednesday the 1st of May 2019
  • Ascension : Le jeudi 30 et vendredi 31 mai 2019/ Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st of May
  • Pentecôte / Penstecost : le lundi 10 juin Monday the 10th of June 2019 

Vacances de Noël / Christmas break :

du lundi 24 décembre 2018 au vendredi 4 janvier 2019/ From Monday the 24th of Decembre to Friday the 4th of January 2019

Vacances d’été / Summer break :

du lundi 22 juillet au vendredi 16 août 2019 inclus / From Monday the 22nd of July to Friday 16th of January 2019

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