About us

Our two nurseries in Angel & Paddington (and our sister nursery in Tufnell Park):

  • Are open from 8am to 6pm
  • Are bilingual; half the team speak French to the children, half the team speak English to the children
  • Serve home-made organic Food
  • Have many highly qualified members of staff

For more information on each individual nursery, please click on the following links:

Mars Montessori in Angel (for children aged 1 to 4)

Les Trois Oursons in Paddington (for children aged 10 months to 4)

Our History

I’m  so privileged to be able to bring you this group of Bilingual Nurseries and our new home-learning programme.

The importance of learning language when you are young

I lead an amazing group of teachers and managers to bring you the very best bilingual education in London.

I was lucky enough to be brought up bilingually, speaking French and English at home – I wish every child could be given this amazing opportunity. I wish every nursery school everywhere in the world was at least bilingual – if not trilingual.

I learnt German at school (obtaining an A at A-Level). At the age of 16 (whilst still in full time education) I became a part-time professional interpreter with “Language Line”, an agency where I worked for clients such as the courts, the police, the Home Office, Amnesty International and private clients etc.

I was awarded a degree in Japanese at SOAS (University of London) where I also became fascinated by the study of linguistics. In 1997 I was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious university of Waseda in Tokyo. More recently I have started to learn Spanish and British Sign Language (my 6th language) as hobbies.

After carrying out research into the best bilingual and multilingual schools in Paris in 2007, I became the Director of an existing nursery and transformed it into a bilingual setting: Mars Montessori Bilingual Nursery School in Angel, London.  We have fantastic teachers at Mars, and we learnt firsthand the best ways for children to acquire new languages and also how to best involve parents. In November 2011, Ofsted awarded Mars an “Outstanding” rating in every single category of education & care.

In May 2012 our newest nursery Les Trois Oursons opened. Here we accept children from 10 months – an absolutely ideal age to start experiencing a new language.

In 2011, I joined forces with Amandine Alys & Olivier Bertin and opened a bilingual nursery school as a joint venture, Les Petites Etoiles in north London, operated by Les Petites Etoiles Ltd.

I’m absolutely passionate about what I do. I love my job, my teams and the families we look after.

It’s a privilege and an honour to look after so many children – and see their transformation over the years.

 Philippe Fraser, director

 

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Bilingual Nurseries is a group of private bilingual nurseries offering childcare and education with extended day care for children.
We aim to provide very high quality childcare in a nurturing environment in two languages.

Children only have one childhood – and we want to help give them the best start in life. The children’s needs will always come first for every decision we make.
It is a tremendous honour to be given the responsibility to look after other people’s children – and we take this very seriously, and we do so with pride.
The welfare of our children is paramount. We know the importance of keeping children safe. We have risk assessments, a safe recruiting process, and a safeguarding policy. We have more staff than legally required and always have at least two members of staff with the children at any given time.

We want and aim to provide a loving, safe and homely environment where our children can follow ‘their inner teacher’ and develop at their own pace at a time when their mind is at its most absorbent.

We aim to work in partnership with parents, to keep them informed and involved. We aim to delight parents whenever we can – this means we will try our very best not to over promise anything. Instead, we aim to set realistic expectations, and beat the expectations when we can. One of our mottos is: “under promise, over deliver”. We know unexpected things happen, and aim to have spare floaters who we know to help when this happens.

We wish to create a nurturing environment for the children, parents and team. Kindness, compassion and care should be evident in everything. We aim to be ethical and honest in everything we do. This might require us to have an honest or difficult conversation with someone – but we have control over the manner in which we do it, and kindness should still be evident in these situations.

We aim to respect and train our team, as we know that the quality of our nurseries depends on the quality of our staff. For this reason we invest heavily in our team and their training. We have an equal opportunities policy.

Our Ethos

We believe the world is what we make it – so we contribute positively. We are constantly improving conditions for children, our staff, the environment and the world at large. We believe in building for the future. We want the world our children will grow up in to be secure, happy and to give them endless opportunities.We recycle as much as we can at school. We teach the children about what we recycle, and why.We are looking at switching to a green tariff for our electricity.We use organic ingredients for our lunches.We believe in investing in our staff through continual professional training.We pay our staff properly.

 

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