On Tuesday, November 14, the Prince Sovereign and Princess Charlene, accompanied by their children, the Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella (who turn 3 on December 10), visited the micro-nursery A Farandola, which has been open since early September.
Guided by the Director Aurore Suisse, they were accompanied by Mayor Georges Marsan, Chloé Boscagli-Leclercq, Communal Councillor for Early Childhood, and Didier Gamerdinger, Minister of Heatlh and Social Affairs, representing the Minister of State.
The micro-nursery is in the same building – “Les Villas Des Pins” – as the two other micro-nurseries, A Ribambela and A Riturnela, inaugurated respectively in 2010 and 2011.
With an area of 127 square metres, this state-owned apartment has been completely transformed to accommodate 10 young children. The work was made possible by a generous donor, Oleksandr Boguslayev, who wanted to provide financial support for a project for early childhood.
In his speech, the mayor sincerely thanked the donor, but also Isabelle Cellario, Head of the Social Action Service of the Town Hall, and Jean Ferry, Chief of the Communal Technical Services, as well as their respective teams, for their work on this project.
With this new micro-nursery in the Hector Otto district, the total capacity of the three facilities today is 30 places – a necessity with the forthcoming completion of the Engelin building, which will generate an increase in the number of requests for nursery places. One of the priorities of the Communal Council is to meet this growing demand.
While elected officials are primarily focussed on the long term solutions, it has been necessary to find intermediate solutions neighbourhood by neighbourhood. The micro-nursery system has helped to provide a rapid response pending the delivery of the next municipal nursery by 2021 with Testimonio II.