In La Plagne, in addition to ski gardens, there are the usual – for non-rolling kids. There are only four such institutions in the high-mountain resorts (one in Plagne Aime, the other in Belle Plagne and two in the Plagne Center, one of which is municipal). We went with the inspection to the most central – the private Garderie Marie-Christine, located in Plagne Center near the main square. Here take children from one and a half to six years. In the same building there is a municipal garden for local children from 6 months to 6 years (they accept visitors, but only five places are allocated for them) and a playroom of the ski children’s club.
In a small but very bright (thanks to a large number of panorannyh windows and portholes) a room where there are so many toys that they can fill the shelves of a whole department in the Children’s World, we were met by a nice brunette of about sixty – the owner of kindergarten Marie-Christine, who is here works as a teacher. The local Mary-Poppins opened her first garden forty years ago (then he was in a different place) and since then, every winter, she has been professionally looking after tourist tourists.
Since it is now low season, there were only three kids in the group of about the same age – two, two and a half and three years old, and two teachers (in the high season, the garden is filled to capacity, and there are already four teachers for twenty children). Two little girls were riding bicycles, and the boy Danny with a pacifier in his mouth and with his dodo (rag doll) in his hands was crying all the time. The second teacher, Lucille, tried to calm him down and distract him with songs, games, and toys, but the effect was zero, and even a proven tool — cartoons — could not stop the flow of tears. And only when experienced Marie-Christine put the baby on her lap and started stroking his head, he stopped crying, although sometimes he whimpered, remembering his parents, and asked him to call his dad.
As the teacher explained, this is normal for a child who finds himself in an unusual place without relatives and friends: adaptation takes time, so the baby can cry for the first two hours, ask the mom and dad, but then learn and start playing with other children. The case of Danny is not quite typical, but indicative: for the third day, the usual five-minute kindergarten student stretches out crying for an entire morning. The fact is that an absolutely homely boy, who had never walked into the garden before, but sat all the time with a nanny, was first sent to a ski school, where he refused to get up on skis and cried all day (he is still small for this) – commented teacher), and then transferred to the garden to Marie-Christine, and here he again had to get used to new people and the environment. And this, of course, is hard for the psyche of a little sensitive person.
Taking into account child psychology, Marie-Christine made a kind of adaptation schedule, which she follows when accepting children in her garden. For example, only on Sunday those who are given by their parents for just one day are taken here. This is due to the fact that tourists record babies in the garden, as a rule, for a week, and it starts at Sunday in Garderie Marie-Christine (since everyone enters the resort on Saturdays), and most newcomers arrive on that very day. On Sunday, everyone adapts to a new place, to caregivers and to each other (therefore, on this day the kids are not even taken outside to minimize the stress of changing clothes and changing the environment). On Monday and Tuesday in the garden are ready to accept new long-term customers – those who will walk until Thursday or Friday. These days, children continue to adapt – they can cry a little, demand mom and dad, but are ready to trust the teacher, and even go for a walk with him. By Wednesday, as a rule, all the pupils are already fully mastered, but if a newcomer enters this day who will cry and constantly call his mother, then he can break the established atmosphere of trust and calm: everyone will start to remember their parents again and shed tears together.
Another restriction that Russian tourists need to know about: in Garderie Marie-Christine they take only vaccinated children. The garden is obliged to demand a vaccination card from each client – such is the law in France. It is advisable to translate it into French or English, but even the original in Russian will be enough so that you will not be refused.