Douces Maternelles | Bilingual Montessori Nursery School in Paris

Bilingual preschools in Paris

Current availabilities at Douces Maternelles

  • Douce Maternelle Crillon (9 rue Crillon 75004 Paris) : FULL
  • Douce Maternelle Bastille (21 rue du petit Musc 75004 Paris) : 1 spot for a 2015 or 2016 child
  • Douce Maternelle Saint-Michel (84 boulevard Saint-Michel 75006 Paris) : 1 spot for a 2016 child + 1 spot for a 2017 child
  • Douce Maternelle Broca (52 rue Broca 75005 Paris) : 1 spot for a 2018 child + 1 spot for a 2017 child +2 spots for 2016 children


Alternative and caring nursery chool

Douces Maternelles is an alternative option for a child’s education, combining elements from the Nordic children’s “gardens” and “classic” nursery schools inspired by active pedagogies (Montessori and Reggio Emilia). Its goal is to welcome each child between 2 and 6 in an individualized and caring fashion.

Our nursery schools are private, non-religious and bilingual French/English.

By balancing ideas about schooling with a rich space for learning about life, at Douces Maternelles our general philosophy follows that found in the “gardens” for children in Scandinavia, where everything is designed to allow children to develop their self-confidence, autonomy, sense of responsibility and love of learning.

In respecting the principle of shared education, we hold dear the mission of helping parents bring together their personal and professional lives.


English-French bilingualism

We are also convinced of the need to teach and learn a foreign language such as English early. In fact, it is between the ages of 3 and 4 that the ear and the brain are most able to learn and retain a new language.


A growing network in Paris : 4th, 5th & 6th !

It is with this in mind that the first school in our network opened in September 2016 in the center of Paris (21 rue du Petit Musc, 75004 Paris), the second one in October 2017 (9 rue Crillon, 75004 Paris), the third one in February 2020 (84 boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris) and a fourth one in February 2020 Douce Maternelle Broca


Discover our pedagogical project, our values, our caring team and parents’ testomonies !

“A child is not a vase that we fill up, but is instead a spring that we allow to gush forth.”

Maria Montessori

How our nursery schools work

  • Children from 2 to 6, potty-trained or not
  • Open Monday – Friday (even on Wednesdays) from 8h30 to 18h30 and 50% of school vacations + summer camp in July ; various schedules ; food provided at school
  • Small classes, with 8/12 students for each adult ;
  • Workshops concentrate on cognitive, motor and creative skills : graphism, maths, phonology, art, language, yoga, story time, cooking, painting, philosophy…
  • The school is bilingual, with French and English being used for equal amounts of time. English and French are used in fun ways throughout the daily routine.
  • Distinctive teaching methods based upon the principles of famed educators such as Montessori and Reggio Emilia approach…


A child who has self-confidence is a child who succeeds.

By loving one’s school, it’s possible to learn while having fun.