Preschool Stepping-Up Jardin d'enfants préscolaire

Each child has his or her own pace and needs.

Curriculum focuses on learning through play to build the essential emotional, social and foundation skills for future school success.

Objective is to teach children to be positive and responsible, to cooperate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they realize their true potential.

Our pedagogical approach incorporates recognised early childhood methods.


STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. It’s an educational approach that encourages the integration of these five subjects to help children learn critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity.

The STEAM pedagogy involves activities such as building with blocks or Legos, experimenting with simple machines, exploring nature, creating art, and learning basic science concepts. These activities help children develop their curiosity, imagination, and hands-on problem-solving skills, which lays the foundation for future learning and success.

Stepping Up Jolly Phonics


Jolly Phonics is a fun child centred approach to teach literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children. The approach is recognised as the most effective way to teach children to read and write in English. It has become central to the UK national curriculum.

Jolly Phonics teaches the sounds that letters make, rather than the names of letters in the alphabet, because the sounds are useful for reading and writing, not the names. These sounds are taught in a systematic way, alongside the skills needed for being a fluent reader and writer.

Stepping Up Reggio Emilia


The Reggio Emilia approach places a strong emphasis on the individual child, their interests, and their abilities. It is based on the belief that children have the ability to construct their own knowledge through their experiences and interactions with the world around them.

The approach is characterized by a number of principles, including a focus on the child as an active participant in their own learning, the importance of the learning environment as well as the role of the teacher as a co-learner and facilitator.

The Reggio Emilia approach has gained recognition as a model for early childhood education.

Stepping Up Préscolaire Preschool Cycle 1


The mission of Plan d’Études Romand Cycle 1 is to ensure a smooth transition from family to school and to guide the child in his or her early learnings.

Cycle 1 is designed to take into account the needs of the child’s development. Each child must be able to assert himself or herself as a person but also as a member of a community.

The activities foster three main developments: 1) Living with others through socialisation, collaboration and communication. 2) The first learning experiences at school by building knowledge and skills. 3) Establishing learning strategies to develop working methods.




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    FROM 08h30 TO 12H00


    From 24 months to 5 years.

    From 1 to 5 days per week.

    English as main language.

    Catch Up classes in case of absence.


    FROM 08h30 TO 12H00


    From 24 months to 5 years.

    From 1 to 5 days per week.

    English as main language.

    Catch Up classes in case of absence.

    Learn More About Preschool

    Learning through Play is at the heart of our teaching philosophy.

    Our focus is on building the often overlooked but essential social and foundation skills required for the academic years.

    Critical thinking, collaboration and creative problem solving are the essential modes of learning in our programme.

    Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning!

    Our Preschool program strengthens early childhood development. Our focus is on building the essential skills for future school success.

    Emotional & Social Skills:

    The curriculum focuses on building 7 key emotional and social skills in a fun and caring environment by:

    • Encouraging curiosity
    • Promoting cooperation
    • Developing communication
    • Learning intentionality
    • Building confidence
    • Creating relatedness
    • Strengthening self-control

    Foundation Skills:
    Children are also introduced to school skills such as letters, letter sounds, numbers and problem-solving through games and art.

    Classes include both independent and group learning activities combined with Sports and Music.

    Each class includes a wide array of activities that encourage peer interaction, independent learning, and the capacity to communicate.

    These group experiences will help children develop the ability to follow directions, take turns and build confidence to accomplish new skills.

    While a daily routine is important for children, programmes vary daily overarched by weekly themes.

    Typical Day
    08h30-09h00   Arrival & Free Play Gym
    09h00-09h15   Welcome Circle Time
    09h15-09h30   Motor Skill Games
    09h30-10h00   School Skill Activities
    10h00-10h30   Healthy Snack & Toilet Break
    10h30-11h00   STEAM Project or Music & Rythm
    11h00-11h30    Story Time or Educational Games
    11h30-11h55    Sports & Gym Activities
    12h00               Pick-Up Time

    Activities vary daily overarched by weekly themes such as

    • The Earth Day
    • The letter A
    • Recycling
    • Shapes
    • Transportation
    • Numbers 5 to 10
    • It’s a Zoo!

    A strong rapport with parents allows effective communication about the progress children are making in class.

    Our teachers value the parents’ role in their child’s life and take time to share the learning experience.

    We care about the well-being of the preschoolers and ensure a low number of preschoolers per teacher.

    While English is the main program language, the discovery and exploration of French is encouraged through peer communication and group activities.

    Enrolments can vary from 1 to 5 days per week.

    Announced missed classes can be made up by coming to any other Preschool or English Kids Club class, subject to availability.

    Preschool Testimonials

    A lovely, vibrant place with very friendly and welcoming staff. My daughter always looks forward to attending her preschool classes. Best decision we ever made!

    S. N.

    My daughter is LOVING going to preschool. I would like to add her to the Monday class if you still have space. I think 4 days a week will be perfect for her with a rest day on Wednesday.

    E. N.

    I know preschool is a big part of her wonderful personality and all the English knowledge that she has gained. I will be forever grateful for everything.

    M. B.

    Meet the Preschool Team

    Any preschooler’s first choice!

    (2.5-5 Years)

    Curriculum focuses on learning through play building the essential emotional, social and foundation skills for future school success. The program and approach strengthens early childhood development in an outstanding and positive setting. Enrollments can vary from 1 to 5 days per week.

    • Develops the skills for future school success.

    • Strengthens early childhood development.

    • Builds essential social and foundation skills.

    • Every week and day is special.

    • High Teacher to Preschooler ratio

    • Nyon’s preschool is unique!

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