La Petite Ecole de Redbridge is a club for bilingual children (from 3-year-olds) with at least one French-speaking parent. We are not a school but a French-speaking childrens' group run by parents.

Bilingual children will improve and learn French through play, songs, storytelling, arts, drama while having fun and meeting other children. Children are split up into age groups. We offer them activities appropriate for their age and their level in French.

Parents are invited to stay during the sessions and encouraged to take part in the groups activities as much as they can, whether by reading a story, sharing a debate, or explaining conjugation to the older children!

Where to find us:

Methodist Church Hall
Hermon Hill
Wanstead E11 2AR

We meet every Saturday morning from 10h -12h except during school holiday Calendar

The first trimester runs from September to Christmas the second from January to Easter, and the third from Easter to the end of the British academic school year in July.

Our information brochure can be viewed and downloaded here (in french only) here

Membership and cost:

To pay for the group's running costs, we ask for a small financial contribution

  • £15 one-off registration fee for each family. This will allow you to borrow educational material (books and DVDs)
  • £3.50 per child or £5.50 for two or more children from the same family per session.
  • The contribution is payable in advance per trimester. You can join the group at the beginning of each half-term; the price of your contribution will be adjusted prorata.

Please note that the admission to La Petite Ecole takes place during the first lesson of the half-term.

The registration form can be downloaded here

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Activities et Celebrations


Every year, La Petite Ecole celebrates Christmas, Easter and the "fêtes des Rois" in January. Childen participate with cooking and other manual activities.

At Christmas, a French father christmas visits the children at the Petite Ecole and gives out presents, this is followed by a traditional christmas cake. At the end of November, children will prepare ceramic "fèves" which will be used in January for the traditionnal "galette des rois".
At Easter, an Easter egg hunt is organised.

Sport, cinema, theatre

During the year we organise movie projections, outings and sports games.


At the end of the year, all children participate in a show on stage for the parents.


It has become a tradition now that all families gather for a camping week-end in Debden in July. We have a barbecue and a meal where everyone brings food and drinks. The ones who wish to stay overnight can bring their tents and sleep on site.