A former village school built in 1855, in the heart of an authentic village, Les Tournesols accommodates children between 3 and 6 years in a single class.


A large playground of about 450 square meters enables the children to get some fresh air and to let off steam during the breaks throughout the day. A part of the playground is covered allowing children to play outside everyday, even if it is raining.


A public parking (30 places and a handicap place) is available and and safe. It is located on a secondary road, on the side of the school. A short pedestrian path links the parking lot to the school house.


The highest importance was given during renovation to warranty the best security level for children, staff and families. The building suits the french security norms for public buildings (ERP cat.5).

Daily life at school

Life at school

At Les Tournesols, we recognize that as parents, you are the first and most important educators of your child.

We welcome fathers, mothers, other relations and carers to share any special interests or hobbies with the children. Exchanging knowledge about your child's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff is of the utmost importance. We are always available to speak to you at the beginning/end of each session or to arrange a meeting. More formal parent and teacher meetings will be held on a regular basis to discuss your child's progress.

Sessions, child care, term dates


Monday to friday : - School starts at 8:30 a.m. (We welcome the children startig at 8:15) - Lunch break is between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - The school ends at 4:30 p.m. - After-school childcare is available until 6:30 p.m. In some cases early child care is available from 7:30 am. However, in the child’s interest, avoid overextended days. No school on Saturday.

Child care

Les Tournesols offers pre and after school care which is available on school days between the hours of 8:15am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm (EUR 6,90- per hour). This takes place at the school.

Term dates

The vacation calendar is the same as the schedule set by the French Ministry of National Education for the Rhone-Alpes.

Morning break, lunch, nap

Morning break and after school break

During the morning, a snack composed of various fruits is available to the children; The children are asked to bring a fruit of their choice with them each day. The children who stay after 16:30 will be given a "goûter" (snack).


Children who will spend the whole day at school bring their own packed lunch in a box marked with their name. The children enjoy a sociable meal time together. Lunch takes place from 11:45 to 12:30 and will be followed by the afternoon nap.


A nap is proposed to the children on adapted beds after the lunch from 12:30 to at least 13:30 (later for those who need to sleep longer). When the children wake up (the time will vary from child to the next), they reintegrate into the classroom and go back to their activities.

Inscription, admission

Entry conditions

Children are accepted from three years of age or when they are potty trained. You can contact the staff by telephone or e-mail the term before you expect your child to start. If you want to secure a place earlier, please make a note on the "Contact Us" request Form and we will telephone you immediately.

The following rules must be carefully read before each enrollment:

  • The child is definitely registered as a pupil of the School when the enrollment fee has been paid within the set time-limit.
  • In the event of cancellation of the enrollment, this fee is retained by the school.
  • Except under circumstances beyond control, in the case of absence, withdrawal or suspension the annual fees are retained by the School.

The School reserves the right to refuse entry of a child to a class if the parents have not paid the school fees, when the delay goes beyond the due date by 20 days. A pupil can be excluded from the school if the school fees are not paid within the 30 days following the due date. No deduction will be granted in the case of arrivals or departures during a term, the amount for that term remaining fully due.

The school reserves the right to exclude or suspend a pupil with immediate effect when :

  • The school fees remain unpaid ;
  • The parents are not complying with the regulations of the school and its pedagogy
  • A pupil seriously compromises the smooth functioning of the School by his or her behavior

In each case the School retains the school fees and reserves, moreover, the possibility of claiming damages. If you decide to join Les Tournesols Montessori School, you will be asked to fill in a Registration Form and pay the non-refundable registration fee and shortly after, the deposit.


Application and Interview Applications are accepted throughout the year and can be submitted by mail, e-mail, or following an interview. A non refundable Inscription fee of EUR 1090 is due when a submitted application is accepted. Enrollment/Inscription fee covers an entire cycle (3-6 years, 6-9 years).

Tuition fees Children are normally accepted for the entire school-year which runs from September to June. Monthly tuition for full-day children and is not refundable. Tuition is payable in 4-months or 3-months period installments (Sept. - Dec., Jan. - March, Apr. - June).

Then, beginning the second year of the cycle, parents will pay administration fees for their children: 2nd year of the cycle: 65 EUR, 3rd year: 65 EUR. Enrollment, administration and tuition fees per period remain acquired by the school in case of cancellation.

The fees are neither deductible nor re-refundable. Payments must be paid per bank transfer in Euro.

Fees, payment

Enrollment fee

An Inscription/Enrollment fee of EUR 1120 for one entire cycle (3-6 years, 6-9 years) is required and neither deductible nor refundable.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable on a periodic basis prior to the beginning of the period: -September to December (4x month) -January to March (3x month) -April to June (3x month).

Grille 2018-2019 :
Gross revenues from the parents / monthly tuition fees :

  • up to 4 000 eur per month => 495 eur
  • from 4 000 to 4 500 eur per month => 585 eur
  • from 4 500 à 5 000 eur per month => 640 eur
  • from 5 000 à 5 500 eur per month => 690 eur
  • from 5 500 à 6 000 eur per month => 740 eur
  • from 6 000 à 6 500 eur per month => 800 eur
  • from 6 500 à 7 000 eur per month => 865 eur
  • above 7 000 eur per month => 940 eur
Brother/sister discount

An allowance of 15% of fees is given for second and subsequent children. This stays as long as an elder brother or sister remains at the school.

Bank transfer information

Please find hereafter the necessary information to pay the enrollment and tuition fees of your child :
National RIB
17806 00491 62261480986 59 CACE GEX

International IBAN
FR76 1780 6004 9162 2614 8098 659 BIC : AGRIFRPP878 Titulaire du compte : LES TOURNESOLS, 55 route de Sauverny, 01220 GRILLY