About

Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself

John Dewey

L’écoline is the 1st Reggio Emilia inspired school in Switzerland founded in 2012.

We welcome children in our Preschool section, School section and Parascolaire section.

We also share our experience as a Reggio Emilia inspired school  with other professionals and students.

We’re happy to partner with EPFL for holiday clubs on the EPFL campus.

As a B Corp company, we thrive to do our best to have a positive impact socially and on the planet.

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2011-2012
The dream begins!
Location found in St. Sulpice. The Reggio Emilia approach is adopted as the main inspiration for our pedagogical project.
2011-2012
August 2012
The dream comes true!
1st school year with 12 children and only one room (3rd floor).
August 2012
April 2013
L'écoline in Reggio Emilia
Clare, Pedagogical Director, participates in the International Annual Seminar in Reggio.
April 2013
August 2013
The dream grows!
2nd school year: we triple the number of students: 36 children from 30 months to 6 years old.
August 2013
Fall 2013
L'écoline in Reggio Emilia
L'écoline team goes for its first study trip to Reggio Emilia.
Fall 2013
Year 2014-2015
1st meeting Reggio Emilia at l'écoline and the 11th NAREA Conference
L'écoline organizes a 1st meeting of artists and childcare professionals inspired by Reggio Emilia approach (35 participants). Elizabeth participates in the 11th NAREA Conference (North American Reggio Emilia Association) in Pittsburgh/USA).
Year 2014-2015
Summer 2015
Partnership with EPFL
We launch a partnership with EPFL, organizing Summer Camps for 7-12 year olds on the EPFL campus, 3 weeks a year.
Summer 2015
August 2016
The dream expands!
We double enrollments for the School section: l'écoline expands its territory with the 2nd floor premises and 50 children welcomed.
August 2016
Spring 2016
1st Partnership with Reggio
L'écoline organizes, in partnership with the International Center Reggio Children, the 1st Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, for its team and 25 professionals from French-speaking part of Switzerland.
Spring 2016
March 2017
The dream deepens!
1st 2-day retreat on the theme of Identity for l'écoline team. We define l'écoline's WHY and our main values and principles.
March 2017
April-May 2017:
Strengthening of Reggio links
L'écoline organizes the 2nd Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, and its 1st Professional sessions at l'écoline: 1 session for a private school, 1 session with 20 FACEME professionals, 1 public session with about 20 teachers and educators from the area.
April-May 2017:
Year 2017-2018
3 professional mornings and the Eco-Schools Label
3 professional sessions are organized, with more than 80 participants (including 1 private morning for the Riviera School). L'écoline receives the Eco-Schools Label!
Year 2017-2018
August 2018
Age extension
To answer parents' requests we now welcome children as young as 2 years old.
August 2018
February 2019
Launch of the Coworking Village at l'écoline
As a parent's dream school we launch the first coworking within a school so that parents can work on site (independent room and entrance)!
February 2019
March 2019
Internal Cooperation
2nd 2-day Retreat on the theme of Cooperation for l'écoline team.
March 2019
May 2019 and October 2020
3rd and 4th Study Trips to Reggio Emilia
3rd and 4th Study Trips to Reggio Emilia with 60 professionals + new Professional Mornings.
May 2019 and October 2020
2019-2020
Strenghtening the partnership with EPFL
New partnerships with EPFL :New mobile daycare mandate for Swisstech + for the 2019 Open House. New Partnership with EPFL to cover 9 weeks of holiday camps on their campus, instead of 3 the previous years.
2019-2020
January 2020
B CORP certification
L'écoline is the first school and daycare center in Switzerland to obtain the B CORP certification.
January 2020
August 2020 and August 2021
Partnership with St-Sulpice
L''écoline offers a new after-school care service in partnership with St-Sulpice: 12 places in 2020, 24 places in 2021 within new facilities next to the public school.
August 2020 and August 2021
October 2021
The 5th Study trip to Reggio Emilia
L'écoline organizes its 5th Study trip to Reggio Emilia, with participants from France, Belgium and Switzerland.
October 2021
2022
The 10th anniversary of l'écoline
In 2022, l'écoline celebrates its 10th anniversary!
2022

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