EIFA (L’Ecole Internationale Franco-Anglaise), the international bilingual school in London, is located in Marylebone. They teach children from rising 2 to 18 years old. I recently visited the school to find out more about the Nursery class that they are opening in September 2016 as well as to view the rest of the school.
The Little Eifa nursery class for 2 to 3 year olds is being established from Autumn Term 2016. Providing sessions both in the morning until 2pm and afternoon until 6pm, they will be able to provide full days as well. They accept children who will turn 2 during the course of the first term of enrolment, i.e. 21 months old and above. Being a bilingual nursery means that they offer the Early Years Foundation Programme in both English and French.
I was able to view the space that the Little Eifa class will be located - it is a large bright basement space with a small outside play area which is great for the little ones. There is a separate quiet time/sleeping area which seemed peaceful.
Children progress through the school automatically. As I visited the other classrooms, I was impressed by the large room sees and the small number of children in each class. The seamless integration of the languages was also apparent.
The school's curriculum is based on the French National curriculum and classes are taught in French and in English. The children at the school come from a large range of international backgrounds. Throughout my visit I could hear both languages being spoken by teachers and children. Class sizes are small, and children were happily engaged in learning and activities when I visited, which was lovely to see. In the upper classes, at EIFA Senior School, the students are also very enthusiastic and motivated. They follow an IB inspired education where teachers encourage them to become critical thinkers through stimulating learning tasks. And they benefit from an incredible learning space in their newly inaugurated facilities at Duchess House, on 10 Duchess Street.
The school has a unique feel given its bilingual nature, with many different nationalities and backgrounds. If you are interested in bilingual education, I would definitely recommend getting in touch with the school and visiting.
There is lots of information about Little Eifa, Junior school and the Senior school on the website http://www.ecole-ifa.com