A class in Vernouillet welcomes children under 3 years old

Children who are a bit vulnerable, who have difficulties with the French language, who have little autonomy, make a good start in the Grande Section to get a good education: that is the objective of the reception system for the under threes offered by the city of Vernouillet, in partnership with National Education.

Since 2016, every year fifteen children under 3 (usually 2 and a half years old) benefit from kindergarten in a special class at Jules-Vallès school.

Eight places left for next year

“It’s not up to these kids to make a first small section before the hour,” explains Karine Bénabi, Deputy Mayor for Education and Family. “But to help children grow, to socialize, to give them keys to familiarize themselves with the functioning of the school in order to succeed better later”.
These little ones, cared for by a volunteer teacher and an Atsem, do not stay at school all day. They are only welcomed in the morning.

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“Parents are strongly involved in this system,” continues Karine Bénabi. They have to come to class very regularly at the beginning of the year. Even if they are less present after that, they have to participate in parent-child shared workshops once a month and in parent cafes four times a year.”

“The teachers have already noted that these little ones adapted well to the school rhythm of the small section, that the separation with the parents was well accepted.”

Karine Bénabi, assistant responsible for education and families

It is still too early to know the impact of this system on the education of children. “But the teachers have already noted that these little ones adapted well to the school rhythm of the small section, that the separation with the parents was well accepted”.

The municipality will therefore offer this device for less than three years at the beginning of the next school year.

“These children, who need this little bit of help, are often noticed by educators and city services. But families must volunteer and file a record. †

Volunteer and involved families

A committee (comprised of elected officials, teachers, state education inspectors, heads of the city’s school and early childhood services, social center family referees, educators, representatives of the PMI) is examining the files.

“This year we have already selected seven applications, or seven children. There are still eight places available before the start of the school year in September”, says Karine Bénabi, inviting families who “find their children a little vulnerable to apply”. She indicates that “this class, which is in a school in Latabellionne, is not reserved for children from this neighbourhood. It is open to all children in the city.

The files to integrate this device must be collected at the reception of the Mille Club and the town hall, in the structures for young children, in the social centers of Vauvettes and Tafelionne, on the website of the town hall, at the PMI. Families can be helped to complete the file.

Pascale Rouchaud

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