Welcome to Pregny Early Years Centre
Isla Gordon - Principal
In our purpose-built facility surrounded by large outdoor play areas, a sports field and a children's garden, your child will follow the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate. This innovative and demanding programme builds on children’s natural curiosity, supporting their autonomy and competency both as individuals and as a part of a dynamic learning community. Hands-on activities, personal research and thoughtful discussions help our students make connections and become active and lifelong learners.
- 170 students, aged 3 to 7
- International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
- English-language teaching, complemented by French classes and francophone teachers
- Extensive extra-curricular programme
- Cafeteria, bus service and after school care available
- School hours Monday to Friday: 8.15 – 15:15 (Wednesdays: 8:15 to 12:15), Pre-reception finishes at 12:15 on Mondays and Fridays as well.
- Extended Support Programme for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties (limited places)
Below are just a few of the reasons we are proud of our school and our school community.
Please pay us a visit to find out more!
Outdoor Learning at Pregny
Our Early Years school at Pregny is surrounded by a world class environment, both within the school grounds and just outside, at the park of Château de Penthes and the Botanical Gardens.
We have several different playground areas, and in between these, an extensive grass playing field, two (very popular) large sandpits and a beautiful natural forest, complete with small hilly areas, wood chips underfoot to ensure gentle landings and shade provided by a wide variety of trees. Each class has its own garden plot containing a range of flowers and vegetables, depending on the season and the choice of the children.
With this wealth of natural resources at our fingertips, we believe that it is essential to maximise the children’s opportunities for learning outdoors. Our staff have worked with an eco/forest school consultant, Gilly Webster ( naturesplayscapes.com ) to develop our understanding and skills in the area of outdoor learning. We have introduced a selection of natural, loose materials for the children to explore and play with outdoors, and we take the children outside to learn in different weather conditions and seasons.
A highlight of our outdoor learning journey was the ‘Pregny playground community work party day’; a fresh Saturday in April 2016 when interested parents, staff and children came together to work on three projects to enhance our outdoor spaces. Together we built an outdoor classroom in the forest, two mud kitchens and a willow teepee.
As we look ahead to the future, we are one of the first schools in Switzerland to have signed up for the Eco Schools programme and we look forward to working on this over the next few years. Learning to care for the environment is a key feature in our curriculum. As we are fortunate to have such natural surroundings, we strive to ensure that the children take responsibility for them and can enjoy their immediate environment as much as possible.
Watch a timelapse video of the construction of our outdoor classroom here.