To learn a new language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.
- Frank Smith, Psycholinguist
Language Kindergarten Leicester
a multilingual pre-school
German - English - French
The Language Kindergarten is a warm, friendly and exciting place for 3-6 year olds (younger or older children by arrangement). We are situated in the Friends Meeting House near the centre of Leicester and close to Leicester University. We have two bright rooms with a great view over Victoria Park and a lovely big garden for outdoor play.
At the Language Kindergarten we believe that learning is a natural part of life. We strive to create a fun and stimulating environment where children enjoy themselves and learn in a playful way. We help children develop social skills and a sense of belonging to the group with respect for each other. Our nurturing environment will help children develop confidence and build on their strengths. We help each child to grow in independence and to develop into a confident person.
Our Language Kindergarten is a small and personal group (max. 12 children), and each child will get lots of individual attention. Our staff to child ratio will never exceed six children per adult. Our teachers are all fully qualified, and all teachers and assistants are native German/French speakers and bilinguals and carry a recent DBS check.
We promote language learning from an early age. Children are natural language learners, and pick up their first language effortlessly in social interaction and context. Just as they pick up their first language, they will pick up a second language naturally, if they are surrounded by it. There is evidence that children learning a second language will not only learn a further language quicker, but will also develop better listening and communication skills, and become more flexible in their thinking. And for the children, it's just a big adventure!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are our German days, and Wednesday is our French day! Parents choose freely which day(s) children attend, if there are free spaces.
All the children spend the day together, but for certain activities, we can offer two language groups, so that every child has the space and support to develop their language skills in their own time and at their own speed.
In the English-German or English-French group, children learn German or French through games, stories and songs. English will be spoken as well to make children feel welcome, and build on the knowledge of their first language. This group will give children a first exposure to a second language and culture (either German or French), and they will start to learn new words and phrases and pick up pronunciation and accent quickly.
The primarily German or French group is ideal for children with a bilingual background who already understand and speak some German or French. Children will learn through role play, stories and games, and broaden their vocabulary.
The days at the Language Kindergarten are prepared carefully and creatively to make language development fun and easy. All senses, and lots of action and communication are involved in our sessions. We get to know and celebrate many different festivities and customs from the German or French speaking countries, and children will build long-lasting relationships amongst each other and with the teachers and helpers.
Take the new language home!
We always like to work with our parents and are happy to share all activities, and the new words and songs we learn at the Language Kindergarten. We encourage all parents to learn alongside their children!
More German activities
The German Academy Leicester also offers a German Saturday School, a Summer School and various other activities for children and even adults. So once children leave the Language Kindergarten, there are plenty of options to keep the German going!
If you are interested in the Language Kindergarten and would like to find out more, please contact us by email or phone.
We now take registrations for September 2020!
We still have spaces for all days at the Language Kindergarten, please get in touch!
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm
term time only
9am - 12am (£25)
9am - 2pm (£35)
Autumn Term 2020
1st September - 18th December
Half Term: 19th - 23rd October
Spring Term 2021
5th January - 26th March
Half Term: 15th February - 19th February
Summer Term 2021
12th April - 9th July
Half Term: 31st May - 4th June
May Day: Monday 3rd May
The Language Kindergarten Leicester is registered with OFSTED, which gives parents the option to use childcare vouchers or the new government scheme (Tax-Free Childcare), and save up to 40% on the fees.
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The Language Kindergarten Team
Anne is an experienced and dedicated primary school teacher. She has been teaching in the Early Years since 2010.
She is currently managing the Languagekindergarten and teaching French in KS2 at a local Primary School. Anne is also one of the Directors of the German Academy.
After studying German Literature, Art and Textile Design at the University of Osnabrück, Vienna and Heidelberg, Anne completed her Teacher training in Aachen. She continued her studies at the University of Leicester with a Masters in Teaching and Learning in 2013.
Anne believes in a developmental approach to learning, seeing the role of a teacher as a facilitator. Creativity and sensitivity to the child's needs and interests is at the heart of all meaningful interaction.
Julia is an experienced and dedicated teacher. She has been teaching German and French for the past 14 years in England. She has a lot of experience of teaching German to children between the ages of 2 and 18!
From Easter 2020 Julia will be managing the Language Kindergarten and working alongside Anne and Corinna.
is a native German
speaker from Stuttgart. She
used to run a playgroup for preschool children in California. She has been working in the German Kindergarten Leicester since 2013. Her own two children are bilingual.
Corinna is teacher and helper at the Language Kindergarten.
Born and bred in Le Havre, Normandy, she fell in love with English from her first English lessons at school.
She arrived in England as an ERASMUS student during her 3rd year at university, and she never looked back! She did her PGCE in 2001, and she has been teaching French and Spanish in secondary schools, here in Leicester, since then.
She has also been teaching in primary and preschool settings this year.
Mum of Théophile 7 and Amelie 10, she is a firm believer that learning a second language from an early age is easier and very beneficial. Her children are of course lucky to grow up in a bilingual home, however there are other ways of introducing another language. Children in preschools 30 minutes per week are proving this right.
16, Queens Road (LE2 1WP), Leicester, near Victoria Park
We have two newly decorated rooms in the Quaker Meeting House and a lovely spacious garden with a big swing and a willow house - come and explore it yourself!