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International Cottage School opens a bilingual eco nursery in Vevey

The International Cottage School in Vevey has recently opened a bilingual eco nursery, welcoming up to 21 children from the ages of 18 months to 3 years old.

Managed by Nursery Director, Nathalie Graber, and supported by Nursery Assistant Director, Nathalie Bondar, the new crèche offers a child-centered program integrating both Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophy and activities.

With a strong emphasis on inquiry-based activities, science workshops and languages (French, English, Spanish and Russian), the nursery provides the ideal preparation for entry into the IB Primary Years Program of The International Cottage School, which has recently moved to separate premises on the Quai de la Veveyse on Lake Geneva. You can read more about developments at the main campus in our separate article here.


The new nursery occupies 3 floors of a separate heritage site on the Rue des Bosquets, well known in the region for its historic value as the former home of Daniel Peter, who first created milk chocolate in Switzerland in 1875!  From April 2015, this section of the school will also benefit from the same organic catering which has been serving the main campus since September 2014, providing children with wholesome food, whilst supporting local organic farmers.

With complimentary lighting suited to the education of young children, the building is now furnished with high quality, child friendly eco-furniture manufactured by award winning company, Company Playthings. Enhancing the natural development of young children, the nursery also includes a pedagogical gardening space, water play area, and herb garden.

Asked why the school has now expanded to include nursery education, Headmistress, Marie Session, told knowitall.ch, “The International Cottage School decided to open a nursery to meet the high demand in the region for a more modern and child-centered approach to the nurturing of children aged 18 months to 3 years old. Our blended curriculum, including the best of Montessori and Reggio Emilia, our holistic and nurturing approach to the whole child, along with a rich immersion in languages makes our program a unique pioneer in nursery education.”

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Campus 1
18 months to 3 years old
13 rue des Bosquets
1800 Vevey
021 921 28 85

Campus 2
3 to 15 years old
4 quai de la Veveyse
1800 Vevey
021 921 40 01