Parent Association

A parent-run crèche, or crèche parentale, is a structure that provides day care for children from the ages of 2 months to 4 years. Parent investment is key to ensuring successful operations, because they:

  • Define and outline the crèche’s overall functioning, missions and recruit staff and new members
  • Work a half day shift (permanence) every week
  • Manage various administrative tasks and are members of the board of directors
  • Are responsible for a commission in charge of ensuring the crèche’s day-to-day operations.

But above all, a parent-run crèche is a rewarding opportunity for parents and childcare professionals to work together with their children. Due to the fact that there are only a small number of places, and thanks to the parents’ strong involvement in the structure’s daily life, the crèche parentale is a perfect place for children to grow in a social environment.

A word from the President

  • Robyn EYDE

  • President

I started at Giving Tree as a parent in 2016 with my oldest daughter, and it has been an amazing journey ever since. Today, my youngest daughter is here full time and my oldest is part of the GT “périscolaire” programme, the “Owls”. It has been wonderful to see them both grow in confidence and personality thanks to the values and skills gifted to them by the beautiful team at Giving Tree. It soon became clear what a special community this is, and I volunteered to take over the presidency in June 2018.

I was born in Denmark and came to Strasbourg for an internship in 2009. I graduated a year later with a Masters in Business Communication from the University of Aarhus, meeting my lovely Scottish husband that same year. We are a tri-lingual international family with no relatives close by, and GT has become an extended family for all of us.

From the age of 11, I babysat and taught tennis and English to children of all ages and for a long time I wanted to become a teacher, but I had never dreamed of managing a structure of 20 families and 8 staff members! It is a huge privilege to do my part, together with Harriet and her team, to water the seed planted by my predecessor Gillian, and to cultivate this precious space in which children can explore and grow.

A word from the Founder

  • Gillian CANTE

  • Founder

Born in Canada to British parents and raised in Boston USA, I returned to Canada to gain a Masters in International Relations from the University of Laval, Quebec and now live in Strasbourg with my husband, son and daughter. I started the Giving Tree project several years ago because I strongly believe that children should be open to languages and different cultures, all in a natural, home-like environment. With the help of the European Social Fund I directed the project until its opening in June 2013 and was president until Robyn took over in 2018.

Giving Tree is a unique place where parents partake in their child’s daily exploration alongside a dynamic professional team. I particularly like cooking and watering my herb garden especially with the help of little hands!

I adhere to the philosophy that if you respect children, create an open, safe and caring environment for them to explore, you will be happily surprised; for where you thought to have nurtured only a seed, a forest may grow.

Le soleil flamboie tout ce qui croît

Sur les enfants, les arbres et les mots tendres
Se cache dans tout ce qui est en résonance
De l’enfant, la future croissance

Ne les forcez pas, ne leur donnez pas d’ordres,
Donnez-leur la forme comme un mirroir,
Comme le rêve, le jeu est éternel,
Enseignez-leur à être libres par le jeu.

– Halfdan Rasmussen 1972