How is a day at the crèche?

Une journée à la crèche, comment ça se passe ?

But what do the children do at the nursery? To find out, the Journal des Femmes followed Adrien, Astarté, Gabriel, Elise, Antoine, Jade, Dimitri, Sohan for a day. All of them are in the middle section of a Babilou group crèche in the Paris region.

It is 9:30 am: the crèche has been open since 8:30 am to accommodate parents and children. Last moment of intimacy for Gabriel, 14 months old, and his mother.

The departure of the parents : “Did Adrien sleep well? Ate well?” Each morning, the nursery nurses check with parents to find out how their child’s night went, what time he ate in the morning … Everything is noted in the transmission notebook.

First activity: 10am: everyone is there, the teams are complete. Children will be able to participate in activities in groups of 4-5. The activities are offered, never imposed: if a child does not want to play with others, he can have fun alone with other games available to him. While some will have fun with stickers, Gabriel, Elise, Astarté and Dimitri will put their hands in … the semolina. Fill, transfer, touch, taste, throw … everything is allowed to explore the senses through this game!

The semolina game © Cécile Debise

Storage and organization. Each child has a personalized locker. This useful storage method is also educational because children quickly learn to recognize their belongings and store them themselves thanks to the colors and shapes of the boxes, for example. As for the toys, they are stored in large boxes to make room for eating. In addition, the main information concerning each child, such as the changeover time, is annotated on a large board so that it can be returned to the parents in the evening.

The reading corner. To keep the little ones busy while the other helpers prepare the meal, Kathia sets out to read a story. A way to keep them busy while waiting to eat.

The reading corner © Cécile Debise

Meal time. 11:30 am: Healthy and simple dishes, where colors and textures arouse as much interest as taste, are served to children who are wriggling with impatience. The middle section is the age when you start eating alone. Indeed, if some already eat meals with pieces of food, others still taste mashed potatoes. The children’s rhythm is respected for gentle support. The most important thing is to learn to eat alone! Meal time is also the time for socializing. Children take great pleasure in communicating. Finally, getting into the habit of cleaning your mouth and hands after a meal (especially when you still sometimes eat with your fingers!) Is one of the rules of life taught at the crèche.

Last games before the nap. The meal is over. The management team takes care of cleaning and clearing the table. Meanwhile, children have fun and sometimes take pleasure in diverting the primary purpose of objects and toys. 12:15 p.m .: distribution of nipples and dodo! All children are put on in bodysuits for a good nap. They are then laid down one by one, in a well-established order that the nurses and auxiliaries have learned from experience. While the little ones are still sleeping in cribs, the bigger ones are lying on small beds. To ensure that they fall asleep, the ladies of the nursery will stay with them and appease those who need it.

Last games before the nap © Cécile Debise

Awakening. 3 p.m .: the children gradually wake up since 2 p.m. Some sleep for an hour, others two, others wake up quickly to experience a privileged moment of calm in the company of nursery nurses and early childhood assistants.

Afternoon tea. 3.30 p.m. – 4 p.m .: it’s time to taste. Same enthusiasm as with the meal, same learning of community life: waiting, sitting, eating alone, not throwing away food …

Teatime © Cécile Debise

Small tour in the garden. 4:15 p.m .: children who wish can go out into the garden to get some fresh air and stretch their legs. It’s not too cold yet and it’s not raining. So take advantage of it. We cover ourselves well to go running or slide outside. 4:30 p.m .: peak activity in children who abandon comforters and teats to make them crazy.

First departures. 5.30pm: it is the time of the first departures … The children begin to watch for the arrival of their parents. 6 p.m .: some children sometimes show signs of fatigue or need a little hug. Nurseries do not hesitate to take them in their arms if the children ask. When parents arrive, they are given a brief account of the day: sleep duration, appetite, bowel movements, mood and others are scrupulously reported to them to help them take over.

On the way to the house. 6.15 p.m .: it’s time to go home, in the company of parents or grandparents. The reunion is a real pleasure for everyone. Comfortably installed in her stroller, Elise leaves the crèche in the company of her grandma!

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