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Questions Fréquentes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • At what age does French for Little Ones Playschool accept students?
    Students must meet the minimum age requirements to enroll in FFLO. 2's Program student must be 2 years and 5 months by the first day of school. 3's Program students must be 3 years old by the first day of school. 4's Program students must be 3 years and 10 months by the first day of school.
  • Does my child need to be potty-trained?
    Yes, all children are required to be potty-trained to attend French for Little Ones.
  • What are school hours?
    Classes start at 8:45 am and end at 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm depending on the program. We strongly encourage punctuality as this helps children transition smoothly into their working day.
  • Do you offer early drop-off?
    Yes, we can arrange for your child to be dropped off at 8:00 am. There is an additional $15 per child early drop-off fee. We require an advance notice of at least 48-hours. A confirmation email will be sent to parents confirming availability.
  • Does FFLO provide lunches and snacks?
    We ask families to pack a healthy snack and lunch on a daily basis. We have a microwave and a fridge available upon request.
  • What are your class sizes and student-teacher ratio?
    We truly believe big things happen in small classes! Our classes don’t exceed 12 students in the 3’s and 4’s program. The 2’s program has a capacity of 10 students. Smaller classes allow us to give our students individual attention, which helps them excel both academically and socially. Additionally, each classroom has a dedicated head-teacher and assistant. Our student-teacher ratios are: 6:1 for the 3’s and 4’s Program 5:1 for the 2’s Program
  • Do you offer an after-school program?
    We are thrilled to collaborate with our partner, Play Kids Greenpoint which offers a French enrichment after school program for children ages 4-8 years old. Play Kids is a different entity and any questions regarding enrollment or registrations must be made directly on their website. Play Kids' after school program is not included in FFLO's tuition. For more information or questions, please visit their website here.
  • My child is registered for nap time but does not sleep, is that a problem?
    Not at all! Your child is not required to sleep during nap time, however we do encourage them to rest and partake in quiet time activities like book reading. Students must stay with their classmates in their designated room at this time.
  • Does my child need to speak French to attend French for Little Ones?
    Non-French speaking children can enroll at FFLO for the 2’s and 3’s program. Children applying to the 4's program must have previous French school experience or are native-French speakers in order to be admitted to FFLO.
  • Could you explain how bilingualism works at FFLO?
    FFLO’s philosophy is to fully immerse students in the French language. We use a scaffolded immersion model for developing French proficiency in a comfortable, stress-free way. Our teachers support students’ experiences and knowledge as they are learning the language. This ensures that non-francophone students immediately begin to learn important everyday vocabulary and structures, and can have success communicating right away, without feeling as though they’ve been thrown into a bewildering environment. For the 2’s & 3’s programs, we translate to English as needed and use repetition, miming, and the thorough articulation of words. Children are immersed in the language while they explore various themes and learn vocabulary through fun and exciting activities such as music, arts & crafts, cooking, science and more. The 4’s program is taught only in French which is why we require 4’s students to have taken French classes, are currently enrolled in a French-language program or French is the main language spoken at home.
  • Will exposing my child to French as a second language cause an English language delay?
    Bilingualism or multilingualism is an amazing gift to give your child.⁠⁠⁠ Exposing your child to 2+ languages will not cause a language delay.⁠⁠⁠ In fact, research shows that the best time to expose your child to a second language is during early childhood.⁠ Naturally, a child will improve their English language skills by being immersed in the English language in their everyday activities outside of school. In the past, we have had many children from French speaking families who would suddenly start speaking English to their parents at home. Children also tend to use English and French during playtime activities, so they are versed in both languages.
  • We don’t speak French at home in our family; can we still apply?
    Of course! We welcome non-French speaking families to FFLO. Non-French speaking children can enroll at FFLO for the 2’s and 3’s program. Children applying to the 4's program must have previous French school experience or are native-French speakers in order to be admitted to FFLO. Please keep in mind that it is a commitment -- and investment of time -- for families who do not speak French at home to choose our bilingual program. Part of that is a willingness to expose children to the French language and French-speaking cultures outside of classroom hours. Through our school and after-school programs, we offer many opportunities for children to speak French after regular school hours. Our experience is that this commitment yields profound rewards for students and parents alike!
  • Why is previous French experience required for the 4's program but not the other levels?
    The 4’s program is a structured program which requires students to have French speaking and comprehension abilities. At this level, students are challenged in literacy, critical thinking, math, writing and more. Most students who enter the 4’s program have at least 1 or 2 years of previous FFLO experience. With that said, if your child has no prior French school experience, but you feel he or she may be a good fit, we would be happy to meet and discuss if our program is a good fit for your family. Please email us at to learn more.
  • How many different nationalities are represented at FFLO?
    We absolutely revel in our diversity. We welcome all backgrounds and nationalities as well as many New York based international families who share a passion and openness to the world of learning. FFLO follows the curricula of both the French National Education but also integrates elements of American culture. FFLO represents different models of families which helps to connect children with the outside world. FFLO is a great option for families who are looking for a well-rounded, enriching and challenging school with and bilingual curriculum.
  • What are the benefits of language immersion programs for young children?
    Foreign language learning enhances children's ability to focus, build confidence, academic achievement and communication. As the second most widely taught language in the world, learning French provides priceless opportunities to study and appreciate foreign cultures.
  • What is the admission process?
    The Admissions Process is comprised of the below steps: Attend a Virtual Tour (1-hour) Submit an Online Application including a $200 application fee. The submission of an application does not guarantee a spot. Admissions Interview with Parents/Guardians (1-hour) Child Drop-off Play-date at FFLO for your child from 8:45 to 10:30am Notification of Acceptance Decision by January Submit Registration Information Packet & 1 Tuition Deposit Payment First Payment Due by August 15th
  • I have missed my application deadline. What can I do?
    Applications should be received by the due date. However, we have rolling admissions and we will consider any late applications if there are available openings. FFLO will send a friendly reminder but without responding after 48 hours we will assume that you forfeit your spot.
  • Do you accept students throughout the school year?
    Yes, we accept students during the year, given the availability of spots.
  • Do you give priority to early applicants?
    Admission decisions do not depend on how early applications are submitted. Specifically, the admissions process includes a review of child evaluations, parent interviews, any existing school records and other factors that help us make sure all admitted students will thrive in our bilingual learning environment.
  • Do you give priority to French Nationals?
    We welcome many French families into FFLO and give equal consideration to all families, including non-French speaking ones. Given the level of French needed to thrive in our school, we do ask all families to make a commitment to expose their children to the French language and culture outside the classroom.
  • I missed my virtual tour. What can I do?
    Please contact us as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend your virtual tour so we can reschedule the session and release the time for others.
  • I have received the acceptance notification to join FFLO French Immersion, what is the next step?
    Congratulations! We will need you to sign, complete and return the registration packet. All forms are essential to finalize the enrollment. We will also ask you to secure your spot by submitting a check with 1 months deposit tuition. The registration packet and deposit check can be made out to FFLO French Immersion LLC and mailed to: The Yard Williamsburg Attn: French for Little Ones, Sonia Gautier 33 Nassau Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • My child has been accepted at FFLO. Can I wait to sign the contract?
    Parents whose child is accepted, but who prefer to wait before committing to FFLO are placed in our waiting list. Their seat is not guaranteed until they sign the contract and make the first payment.
  • Why might my child not be accepted into the FFLO program?
    We want to ensure that FFLO is a good fit for your child and family and that our learning environment offers an opportunity to excel both academically and socially. Criteria of acceptance include but are not limited to being potty-trained, readiness to be socialized, understanding of social and personal interactions, ability to follow school routines and structures as well as previous French language school experience (for the 4’s program).
  • Is the deposit tuition refundable?
    No, the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Do you offer any tuition reduction for siblings?
    Unfortunately, we do not grant any tuition reductions for additional siblings. However, we offer some tuition reduction if you submit your tuition payment in full by August 1st
  • If I need to remove my child from FFLO during the school year, but have paid in full, do I get a refund?
    We do not offer refunds on payments that are made for the full year. If you have circumstances that may require you to remove your child from the FFLO program (job, relocation, etc.) during the school year, we do not recommend choosing the yearly payment option. Trimester and monthly payment plans are available.
  • What are my tuition payment options?
    There are 3 payment options available: 1.) Full-year payment; 2.) Payment in 3 Installments; and 3.) Monthly payments in 10 Installments Payment in Full can be made directly to FFLO French Immersion LLC by check or bank wire transfer prior to July 1st. There is a $500 reduction in tuition for full year payments in one installment made prior to July 1st. The $500 reduction is not available to recipients of Financial Aid. Payment in 3 Installments directly to FFLO French Immersion LLC by check or bank wire transfer on or before : First Installment : August 15th Second Installment : November 15th Third Installment : February 15th Payment in 10 Installments : Payment is made through the payments platform system. Payments are due on the 15th of every month beginning with August 15th and ending on April 15th
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