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

  • Felipe TELLO

  • President

I started at Giving Tree as a parent in 2019 with my daughter Mathilde, and it has been such a wonderful experienceI wanted to contribute to my child’s upbringing outside of the household and Giving Tree has been an amazing opportunity to get involved as a parent in my child’s education.

I was born in Colombia and grew up in the United States from an early age. While in college in 2009 I met a wonderful French woman, Mathilde’s mom, who convinced me to leave the Florida sunshine behind for an adventure in France. That was in 2012, and now Strasbourg has become home for our family of three (plus two cats).

I have always found passion in joining an association and have worked with many associations around Strasbourg, but never dreamed of managing a structure of 20 families and 8 staff members! Giving Tree is such a wonderful family and it’s been a huge privilege to work with all the parents to continue to make Giving Tree a special place for our little ones and to serve the lovely staff that looks after our children. 

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