The French classes, which run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, were completely full when the centre reopened in February, with about 30 young Francophiles enrolled this year.
MercyCare Wembley Early Learning Centre Manager Vicky Murray said the centre had offered French language classes for about seven years as an optional enrolment for parents who would like their children to develop their linguistic skills in a second (or, in some cases, third) language.
“It’s quite a unique concept teaching other languages in an Early Learning Centre. The children are like sponges so they are very receptive to learning other languages at a young age, and they absolutely love it,” she said.
“Parent feedback has been really positive, and we’ve found that enrolments have grown organically through parents’ word of mouth.”
“For the younger children, it tends to be shorter ten-minute sessions; for example, they will sing little French songs. For the older children, it’s a proper lesson, teaching them colours and numbers and the words for things and objects in the world around them.”
The children are led by teacher Sabine Desmond, who was born in Paris and has lived in Australia for about ten years.
She uses art and craft activities and singing to teach the French classes, and the children get a little take-home sheet at the end of each lesson to show their parents what they’ve learned and to help them practise words at home.
We are proud to be one of only a few childcare providers in WA to offer language classes for children and have plans to introduce Italian and Japanese classes in the future.
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