Organisation

Every single thing we teach a child, is a thing we are stopping them from inventing or discovering.

Jean Piaget

AGES

We have 25 places for children from 2 to 4 years old in our Preschool group (2 nd birthday before
31st July) and 27 places for children from 4 to 6 years old in our School group (equivalent to 1 st and 2 nd
Primary). We also welcome children from several months and elder ones in our different Ateliers.

OPENING TIMES

L’écoline is open every weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The timetable is
flexible, starting as of a half day with/without meal on Wednesdays and during holidays.
For our Preschool group, we request a minimum rate of 3 mornings (until 2:00 p.m.)  and of 4 mornings (until
2:30 p.m.) + 1 afternoon (until 4:00 p.m.) for the School 1 children (4 full days until 4:00 p.m. for the
School 2 children).

THE TEAM

The educator/child ratio is: 1/7 for children up to 30 months of age, then 1/10 for the other
children in the Preschool group, then 1/14 maximum for children in the School group. These
professionals are assisted by « Atelierista » who are specialists in the visual Arts, Dance, Nature, etc. as
well as Classroom Assistants, Apprentices and Trainees. (> Team )

MEALS

Our meals are prepared and delivered by a ‘Local Caterer’, who proposes mainly organic, local
and seasonal meals. Our snacks are prepared either by a ‘Local Caterer’ or in-house (homemade cakes
and bread, fruit, which is always organic) and sometimes supplemented by birthday cakes which the
families bring. Mealtimes take place in a family-like atmosphere, with one adult at each table to
encourage the children to try, discover and appreciate new and different foods.

ATELIERS

Children have access to regular ‘ateliers’ in science, visual arts, nature and dance, as well as
‘ateliers’ by parents and other specialists on particular topics during school time. For the children who
stay after 4:00 p.m. other ‘ateliers’ are also available (Chinese, Dance, Capoeira, Yoga,
English Club).

BILINGUALISM

Our environment is bilingual, in that the staff and children speak mainly French or
English. It is not strictly speaking an immersion programme, as learning a second language is not an
educational objective in itself here. We notice that children do become fluent in French and understanding
English develops to varying degrees.

ENVIRONMENT

Our indoor spaces are light and spacious and inspired by the Reggio Emilia
approach. They evolve during the year with the children’s projects and work. Children also spend a
substantial part of their day in the local forest and at the lake, both of which are at five minutes walk from
the school.

COWORKING

In 2019, l’écoline opened the first coworking space inside a school for the parents (with an independent access), in partnership with The Village Coworking.
Parents can join in anytime to work or relax, with an annual subscription or ponctually, for example on Wednesdays or during holidays camps.

HOLIDAYS

We follow the school calendar of Vaud. During the public school holidays, l’écoline provides holiday
clubs which are subject to a specific enrolment process and fee (except for 3 weeks in August and for 2
weeks over Christmas and the New Year).

POSITIVE IMPACT

L’écoline is the first school and nursery in Switzerland to receive B Corp certification, for our social and environmental positive impact !
We were also among the first to get the label Eco-Schools in Switzerland. Every year staff, children and
parent-volunteers explore a theme related to nature and sustainability (food, waste, biodiversity…).

Every single thing we teach a child, is a thing we are stopping them from inventing or discovering.

Jean Piaget