At Le Hérisson we believe that our task in education is to prepare children to adapt and be open to life experiences. To embrace the challenges of this ever changing world our curriculum follows both the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) and the French L’École Maternelle L’Education Nationale Francaise (AEFE). As part of the AEFE network of accredited schools in London, Le Hérisson has integrated the EYFS in its program

We are uniquely placed in the AEFE North European Zone offering a bilingual class led by two  teachers, one native English speaker and one native French speaker, who are always present in the classroom (EY/PS class). 

Le Hérisson is an ISA and Ofsted registered school and a member of the French Réeseau (Network) in London. We benefit from the CPD opportunities and inspections offered by the AEFE and are subject to regular Ofsted inspections which are carried out by ISI (

Due to the integrated curriculum our pupils may choose to continue their education at a top London Prep school as an alternative to the French system.

Early Years/Petite Section (2 – 4 years)

Le Hérisson offers a fully fledged bilingual education for 2 – 4 years olds. In our EY/PS class we promote the holistic development and education of our youngest pupils, delivering a comprehensive education in both English and French.

Le Hérisson children follow both the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the French Maternelle (AEFE). With a carefully designed broad and balanced curriculum, we support and develop the children’s early steps into confidence and self esteem, in a rich and stimulating learning environment. The children’s development and progress are assessed according to both the EYFS and AEFE guidelines.

Every day, at work and play, our children are immersed in both languages. In addition to group sessions the children benefit from one to one language support from their English and French native speaking teachers.

The children’s bilingual journey includes a variety of fun based activities and experiences including songs, games, role play and stories.

Moyenne Section/Grande Section (4 – 6 years)

Le Hérisson is an AEFE accredited school and the Moyenne Section/Grande Section classes follow the French L’Ecole Maternelle ( At this stage the British EYFS is incorporated into the curriculum, including the teaching and learning of English.

École Maternelle is designed to introduce children to the social environment of school and to develop their basic coordination and physical skills. The emphasis here is on oral expression and communication, encouraging self-confidence. The fundamental concepts of reading, writing and maths are taught in preparation for school, along with group activities including arts, crafts, music and PE/games.  

From September 2021 the MS/GS class will also follow a full bilingual format through a totally integrated English/French curriculum.

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