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A question for parents

Posted by DamianHannett - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by DamianHannett - 3 years ago

Cheers geegee, sounds like one less thing to worry about. Both my littluns will be enrolled in the local maternelle privée (petits & moyen), hopefully I will have it as easy as you did, my eldest is very excited about her new French school (the youngest is too young to understand yet).

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Posted by geegee42 - 3 years ago

We arrived late Oct enrolled three into primary one into college, moved three months later, enrolled one into pre school, three into another primary and the oldest into another college, found it all straight forward, three went on to university left with no debt, ones still there doing her masters, one did a bts and followed that up with a Erasmus university course in the UK, apart from the one doing her masters all the rest are in full time work in various corners of the country.

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Posted by DamianHannett - 3 years ago

Cool, easier than I thought then, thanks for the info

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Posted by geegee42 - 3 years ago

Doesnt matter when you arrive, summer or winter, go to the local school, enrol your child and away you go, école maternale is basically pre school, bit like a creche, its not compulsory, our local one opens at half seven and shuts at half six, older primary children can usually use it before and after normal hours, allowing parents to drop them off before and pick them up after work, this service is normally provided free.

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Posted by DamianHannett - 3 years ago

Thanks Harry I'm sure we will meet with the school well before then

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Posted by Harry Dresden - 3 years ago

You would need to register in June or July at the latest for the beginning of the next school year (2016/2017)

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Posted by DamianHannett - 3 years ago

Hi & thanks for the info. I wasn't sure weather it would be too late to register her if we left it until we arrived and spoke to the school directly, or if we would need to register her in advance. We're moving to Morbihan, a little village called Glenàc.

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Posted by Twinkletwinkle - 3 years ago

Hi there,

where in Brittany are you moving to?

I can only agree with the others really. My son is 2 1/2 and started in maternelle last September. We didn't really know what the protocol was at the time, but we visited two local schools after approaching them directly. We then chose one , filled in the relevant forms....of which surprisingly for France there weren't many! It was very straightforward .........hope it is for you.

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Posted by Dibbyspot - 3 years ago

As other state go to the School you like the look of, some villages have both a public school and ecole privee. The ecole privee is normally afiliated to the Catholic church and is not expensive - we pay €170/year/child.

Do see the Marie - they can be very helpful on many things and often organise the school meals. Our 2 children, aged 8 and 10, have been in their French school for the last term and were keen to start again. They say the meals are great and even claim to have had fois gras - once!  

Overall, our experience has been very favourable compared to UK with higher teacher density and smaller classes 15 children in a class. The other thing we notice is that the schools are very calm compared ot the UK. Communication and discipline seems good. Unlike UK the children are keen to go to school. 

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Posted by Jack1-977774 - 3 years ago

Pop into the school and speak with the headmaster/mistress, they will have the forms and help you with your queries. Take i.d. with you, proof of the French address (utility bill), the child's vacinnation record, birth certificate etc (depending on the child's date of birth and if totally out of nappies - as in the first year they have afternoon naps - she may be able to start immediately).

You should pop in and say hello to the Mairie too, just to introduce yourself. If you have to wait for the next school year to begin, dates for registration for each new school year are usually displayed in the window/notice board of the Mairie's office. The Mairie/head of school will tell you approximately when.

Best wishes.